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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (105.5min)

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November 28, 2012
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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.

(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... Team Edward? Team Jacob? Maybe Team Satan.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Summit Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Sunswept Entertainment
Distribution (US): Summit Entertainment
Director(s): Bill Condon
Producer(s): Bill Bannerman, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer, Mark Morgan, Karen Rosenfelt
Screenplay: Melissa Rosneberg
Based on: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Cinematography/Camera: Guillermo Navarro
Music: Carter Burwell
Film Editing: Virginia Katz, Ian Slater
Casting: Debra Zane
Production Design: Richard Sherman
Art Direction: Lorin Flemming, Jeremy Stanbridge
Viewed at ShowBiz Cinema 6

A popular sentiment has surfaced from the Twilight franchise: that of a viewer making a choice of whether to be Team Edward or Team Jacob: whether to fantasize embracing the vampire element or the werewolf element. Team Edward or Team Jacob? I rather think it would be more accurately called Team Satan. I reported in our analysis of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 "Satan doesn't care that much if we don't believe in him as long as we don't believe in Jesus. One step to that end is to set Jesus aside for a couple hours, long enough for influences such as Twilight to sink in. Team Edward? Team Jacob? Maybe Team Satan." Embracement of either is Team Satan since both the vampire and the werewolf, whether real, are unholy evil no matter whether the evil elements are portrayed as doing "good" [Isa. 5:20] or are "attractive" on the surface.

Just remember that a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly.

Beginning where Breaking Dawn, Part 1 left off, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) must hide their new child, Renesmee (computer image and Mackenzie Foy) from the Volturi whose attention is keenly drawn to this half immortal and half human child whose mere existence can reveal secrets about vampires. Renesmee is half-n-half because conception occurred while Bella was still human. In Breaking Dawn, Part 1 the child nearly killed Bella while giving birth but Edward's quick thinking killed Bella to save her. Now the child is as adorable as any other child and is growing by leaps and bounds. At the beginning of this episode Renesmee is naught but an infant but in what seems moments of screen time becomes a seven year old adolescent.

The Volturi are bent to destroy Renesmee before she can become a threat to their clandestine existence. By a complex and intricate relationship stewed together with reservation and uneasy resolve, the lycanthropes become allies of the vampires and do battle with the Volturi, graphic and gory battle, side by side with the vampires.

Five installments? How many is enough? All the reports I've seen indicate this Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is the final installment into the Twilight franchise. But the ending screams of sequel. After $2 billion in box office revenue, what need is there for another installment in the series?

At any rate, Bella and Edward get to live happily forever after. Not "happily ever after" but "happily forever after." And they do it as a disturbing trend is hinted at by the story. They do it without their child. Seven year old Renesmme is whisked off (for her own protection) by Jacob. That alone is questionable.

For your information following is our on-going comparative of the scoring of the now five Twilight installments:

It is easy enough to see that each of the Twilight installments is a R-13, mostly because of violence and unholy matters followed by sexually immoral matters.


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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Most of the scoring loss due to content of this film is due to graphic beheadings, both by vampires killing other vampires and by the werewolves ripping heads off of vampires. Additional matters of violence include killing of an animal for its blood, genocide, physical assault, a beating, a killing by neck break, action violence and a wolf carrying a severed body part. Subjectively speaking, this film is intensely violent. Objectively speaking, its violence content is fully R-equivalent, as it is in each of the four proceeding installments.

Violence, whether real or portrayed, is not something to take lightly. Many sources advise strongly against violence in and as entertainment. I will quote only two. First, four professional public health agencies have published their findings and report that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young into real life violence and can lead the viewer into believing violence is an effective means of settling conflict. Second and most important is God's Word. God warns against violence numerous times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing: that it is "catching"; that it can lead one into the path that is not good. How many times and ways must it be said before we listen?

Worth repeating ... over and over again ... a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 81 out of 100
Quite strangely, this PG-13 is relatively "lite" in profanity when compared to most other PG-13 films. Only five times does anyone utter profanity with one of them a euphemism of the most foul of the foul words. Though few in number, use of profane speech is, in God's view, ungodly. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Col. 3:8]

While this film is not free of portraying hatred, the instances of hatred are each embedded within other matters of assault on morality and wholesome ethics. When a particular instance of assault on morality and wholesome ethics is portrayed along with another instance in the same episode of behavior or imagery, the CAP Analysis Model prohibits incorporating the finding into more than one investigation area. For example, if a character utters vulgar speech at the same moment he hits another character, the instance may be incorporated by the Impudence/Hate (I) content investigation area OR the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area, but not both. No duplication is assured.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 21 out of 100
As is typical of the content of most PG-13 films, this film is rife with sexually immoral behavior, imagery and touch, in most cases between Stewart and Pattinson. While Bella and Edward are portrayed as married, Stewart and Pattinson are not. Even if they were married in real life, such behavior is not for public display, especially to the young. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 87 out of 100
One display of booze and one display of drunkenness. That is all I noticed. I guess vampires and werewolves don't drink.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Here is where again the magnitude of the content of the film is equivalent to the same in like R-rated films. Everything portrayed about vampires and werewolves is unholy. This film, like the other four, is full of it: unholy manifestation in eyes; inhuman powers and abilities; seeing the future; shape-shifting; telepathy; premonition; mind control; more.

Fortunately, however, I found not one abuse of God's name either with or without the four letter expletive. Not even a euphemism of His name in vain. Not even the ever-popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 72 out of 100
This is where it became difficult to discern portrayed behavior. For example, one might try to argue how can one murder something already dead? And how is it murder if one vampire kills another vampire. At any rate, the barometer for discerning murder from defensive/protective killing was as follows. The CAP Analysis Model treats all portrayed deaths by acts of war, police action or defensive maneuvers as killing, yes, but not murder and are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) content investigation area. While there were many killings portrayed in the film, there were few acts of killing that were clearly murderous such as the murder of a victim for his blood or the intentional beheading of a child though he was supposed to be half vampire. Whether a killing is or is not considered murder might alter the scoring distribution between the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and the Murder/Suicide (M) content investigation areas, it is meaningless to the final score.



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  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • 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.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • 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.
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication [sexual immorality]: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: ["know how to possess his vessel" - be able control his body and drives; be master of them not slave to them: "in sanctification and honor" - of God's Will; "Not in the lust of concupiscence" - not in passionate lust like the heathen.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.)

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • animal kill to drink its blood
  • genocide of a village population
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • beating
  • forgery, multiple
  • planning mass killing, repeatedly
  • beheading to kill - graphic, repeatedly
  • neck break to kill
  • action violence
  • body part carried in a wolf's mouth then dropped
  • head ripped off in battle to kill - graphic, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 81 out of 100
  • 4 uses of profanity plus one use of a euphemism of the most foul of the foul words
  • deceit
  • lying

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 21 out of 100
  • man and woman making out, clothed
  • inappropriate touch - clothed, twice
  • dressing to maximize skin exposure
  • make-out frenzy in bed
  • co-stripping
  • making out nude in bed (no gender-specifics noticed), twice
  • man and woman in bed nude after-the-fact
  • stripping to underwear
  • brief male nudity
  • cohabitation
  • flash of intercourse
  • flash of making out, repeatedly
  • open mouth kiss
  • flash of implication of female upper nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 87 out of 100
  • booze, once
  • drunkenness, once

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • unholy eyes, throughout
  • inhuman powers/strength/etc., frequent
  • clairvoyance, repeatedly
  • "I was born to be a vampire"
  • inhuman power in a child
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • vampirism and lycanthropy, throughout
  • unholy powers such as telepathy, premonition, mind control, etc., repeatedly
  • child drinking blood
  • unholy "power/magic", repeatedly
  • claim of immortality, repeatedly
  • claim of being a vampire an "extraordinary life"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 72 out of 100
  • murder to obtain blood for drinking, repeatedly

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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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