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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 26min)

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October 1, 2011
October 6, 2001

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... is almost as "R" as R-13 can get.

Production (US): A Don Murphy / Tom DeSanto Production, a Di Bonaventura Pictures Production, an Ian Bryce Production
Distribution (US): Paramount
Director(s): Michael Bay
Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Do Murphy, Ian Bryce, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian, Men Bates, Allegra Clegg
Written by: Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformersª Action Figures
Cinematography/Camera: Amir Mokri
Music: Steven Jablonsky
Film Editing: Roger Barton, William Goldenberg, Joel Negron
Casting: Denise Chamian
Production Design: Nigel Phelps
Viewed on Paramount Home Entertainment DVD

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is almost as "R" as R-13 can get. This film is R-equivalent in Wanton Violence / Crime, in Impudence / Hate (profanity), in Sexual Immorality and in Murder / Suicide. At least it is PG-13 equivalent in Drugs / Alcohol and Offense to God. Its final score of 39 places the content of this film deeply into the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Below is a scoring data comparative display that reveals the three Transformers episodes are three "R" peas from the same pod.

As a result of a war on Cybertron between the freedom-seeking Autobots and the tyrannical Decepticons, an Autobot ship carrying a secret cargo "that would have changed the planet's fate" crash landed on our moon. The crash, detected by Earth monitors, was of great interest to President Kennedy. So much interest that the Apollo 11 project is reported to have a covert driving purpose, a purpose not at all to be the first on the moon for scientific reasons but to find out what it was that hit the moon and to do so before the Russians. Though sworn to secrecy, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin certainly find out what it was that hit the moon.

Clever it is of the writers to capitalize on American space history for a subplot of the story. The filmmakers even used file footage of J. F. Kennedy, one of those old teletypewriter machines and reel-to-reel tape recorders that have since been discontinued. The writers even cleverly used the Chernobyl event to provide a device to build the story.

The secret cargo of the Autobot ship is pillars that will build a bridge through space which will provide a transport path to Cybertron. That's enough spoiling of the story.

This film is indeed a clever and very well made work of entertainment that could be truly entertaining to the sci-fi fan. Too bad the filmmakers had to add so much sexual material and profanity to the often intense violence.

Now to that which most of you visit us -- to the content.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence is intense at times, and frequent. Highlights of the violence content include: action violence sequences of varying intensities, some graphic, frequent, many with deaths and body scattering; multiple firearm threats with assault; massive destruction repeatedly.

Though I am probably beginning to sound like a broken record by repeating the same warnings about violence, Proverb 16:29 warns us that violence is "catching.". And by man's word, four professional public health agencies echo God's warning by jointly reporting that violence in and as entertainment can lead to violence in real life and cause the viewer to believe violence is a viable way to settle conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Thirty nine times someone utters some form of profanity. In addition there are five uses of the most foul of the foul words, three of them muffled or incomplete but obvious. [Col. 3:8, Eph 4:29] There are a few other matters of impudence shown in the listing in the Findings section such as treachery and betrayal throughout. [2Tim. 3:1 - 5]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 20 out of 100
The caliber of the sexually immoral content is clearly focused at freshly pubescent boys (or pubescent wannabes) who will drool at almost anything to do with the female body. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows enough of it, especially when she gets out of a car in a very short dress, apparently without wearing any underwear. She shows enough of her skin for the magnitude of the sexually immoral content to be equivalent to many R-rated films, not in extreme display/behavior but in the total number of them. See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information about the technique of loading the content of films with tons of "lesser" examples of assault on morality to get the same "feel" as films with more extreme examples. Rather than describe any more of the instances of inappropriate display/behavior here, let the listing in the Findings section suffice. [1 Thess. 4:3 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 77 out of 100
Booze is displayed a number of times as is drinking of alcoholic beverages.

Offense to God (O) - 72 out of 100
God's name in abused 11 times but each time without the four letter expletive, not that leaving off the four letter expletive excuses abuse of His name. God is not slack on holding accountable they who abuse His name. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 53 out of 100
Portrayal of murder is demonstrated several times by the aliens murdering humans and one of their own execution style. The total number of murders is uncountable since the aliens also implement mass murder of humans more than once.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 - 7 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • alien warfare sequence
  • action violence of varying intensities, some graphic, frequent, many with deaths and body scattering
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • flash scenes of death and gore
  • alien attack of family
  • fight
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • firearm to face, repeatedly
  • multiple firearm threats with assaults
  • abduction
  • assault, repeatedly
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • massive destruction, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 39 uses of profanity
  • 5 uses of the most foul of the foul words, three of them muffled or incomplete
  • tantrum
  • sequence of excessively rude behavior
  • lie
  • treachery and betrayal, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 20 out of 100
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force the viewer on to private parts, repeatedly
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • woman on man in bed
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • leg wrap with inappropriate touch
  • woman as toy/ornament
  • woman in short dress flashing crotch apparently with no underwear
  • man unzipping pants then dropping pants in the face of another man - bathroom straddle
  • excessive breast exposure/excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • innuendo re: oral sex
  • mother talking to adult son about the size of his privates being a lure for women
  • anatomical reference
  • "sprayed on" jeans
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 77 out of 100
  • club with booze
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 73 out of 100
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 52 out of 100
  • alien murder of human, repeatedly
  • mass murder of humans, twice
  • execution killing of a character by another character

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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