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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 55min)

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December 8, 2010
December 10, 2010

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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.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ...the Cullen gang gang up with the Quileute werewolves

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Summit Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Maverick Films, Imprint Entertainment, Sunswept Entertainment
Distribution (US): Summit Home Entertainment
Director(s): David Slade
Producer(s): Bill Bannerman, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Mark Morgan, Karen Rosenfelt
Writing Credits: Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg; novel by Stephenie Meyer
Cinematography/Camera: Javier Aguirresarobe
Music: Howard Shore
Film Editing: Art Jones, Nancy Richardson
Casting: Stuart Aikins, Sean Cossey, Rene Haynes
Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry
Art Direction: Jeremy Stanbridge
Viewed on Summit Home Entertainment DVD

This film analysis is sponsored in part by the generosity of N&KB.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) continues to plan to give up her soul for "love." She has been undecided until now. The date is set -- August 13. Thirty days before her 18th birthday. It will be interesting, if for no other reason than to see the brown-eyed Bella with rust-orange eyes.

Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) still try to out-testosterone each other with mutual devil-may-care hiss-n-spit and launching piles of innuendo of violence upon each other, threatening to erupt at any moment. But the theatric love they share for the same girl wins.

Edward and the rest of the Cullen gang join "forces" with the Quileute werewolves to battle the "newborns" created with an ulterior motive The newborns are newly condemned vampires who possess a hundred times more strength than seasoned vampires which for several months suffer an intensified and unbridled, undisciplined frenzy for blood.

Forks teen runaway Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel) has been missing for a year. In one of his moments of independence in the night streets of Seattle 40 miles from his hometown of Forks, Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her clan attack Riley and change him. Now the runaway Riley is a newborn night shade. Believing Victoria is the love of his un-life ... the ulterior motive ... Riley bites up an army of newborns to serve her lust to kill Bella to get even with Edward who killed Victoria's love, James. Victoria plans to kill the rest of the Cullen clan in the process. Victoria hopes the heightened vamp-energy inherent with the newborns will be her edge to kill Bella and end the Cullen clan.

There is a side effect of all the frenzy of the newborn army -- all of the recent killings and disappearances in Seattle perpetrated by Riley and his army has roused the attention of the Volturi who have a presence in this version but not nearly as high voltage as in New Moon. All the killing and disappearances caused by the hunting by the newborns has stirred up the attention of humans. The Volturi must silence the undesirable attention.

But due to the werewolves combining forces with the Cullen clan this is the last we will see of Riley ... and of Victoria ... and of a few dozen newborns unless cinematic license violates logic. Now has that ever happened? We'll see.

The following image is a comparative as a convenience. It provides a side-by-side comparison of the scoring earned by the six investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) over the three installments of the Twilight trilogy. Of noteworthiness is the softening of the span of scores. Specifically, in Twilight: Eclipse there are no span of scores of zero to 100 (the min-max values) while both of the first two installments earned min-max values of -100. Eclipse earned only a -62 value. This reveals the span if ignominious content of Eclipse to be somewhat less extreme than the first two installments but the lesser final score of Eclipse reveals an increase in assaults on morality and wholesomeness adequate to again warrant the CAP R-13 warning.

There is much more that can be concluded from the above comparative data display built by the content findings but I suspect the caliber of our readership is such that I do not need to belabor all the conclusions possible: that you are quite capable of seeing for yourself all the pieces and parts revealed by this feature of the CAP analysis model.

Above is another descriptive graph visually revealing of the reduction in moral wholesomeness, or moral decay of content, over the three installments (so far) in the Twilight Saga. Each year the content has shown a consistent reduction in moral wholesomeness. Over the span of the triad the degradation is 52%, 22% with New Moon followed by a 67% reduction with Eclipse. Such a trend predicts the final score of the Breaking Dawn installment will be 15 -- another hardcore R-13. We'll see.

The CAP analysis model is more revealing than even I suspected it would have when I engineered it. I guess now would be a good moment to remind everyone that though I am the engineer of the model, Jesus is the Designer. And His Designs work.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 10 out of 100
The most of the violence in this film was found in attacks by animals, by vampires and by werewolves, some quite vicious. Self stabbing, self gashing, head shattering and decapitation were expensive to the starting 100 points in this investigation area. Warfare killings by and of story characters took a great deal of the points.

God reminds us in 1 Cor. 15:33 that the "bad company" of such evil communications as that with which this film is saturated can change our coping skills by corrupting our character. Since God warned us of this, many have echoed His Wisdom and have found His Word to be True. I have spent 15 years studying the effect of the "bad company" in much of modern entertainment and have found the overall "picture" to be bleak and dark indeed (see our R-13 publication).

God further warns us of the "copycat" leading effect of such displays of evil in and as entertainment in Proverbs 16:29.

God even warns us that embracing such evil even as entertainment builds contempt for righteousness. [Prov. 18:3]

And God further warns us that to embrace evil even in and as entertainment encourages perpetuation of it and emboldens the creeping desensitization power of such "entertainment." [Ps. 12:8]

There is more to His Word about the mesmerizing power of violence in and as entertainment ... much more. But the point is made.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 30 out of 100
Bella, a 17 year old girl planning to give up her soul of "love", is noted as saying "I know what I want." This is perfect portrayal of my finding that reveals it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to be able to fully comprehend the consequences of his/her actions and choices or to be able to fully separate fantasy from reality: that such capabilities do not typically plateau until the early 20s. Noted university psychology department head, Dr. Karen Nelson and practicing counselor, Dr. Larry Gilliam agree with me.

In addition to a number of snippets at parental authority [Exod. 20:12], someone spoke profanity seven times [Col. 3:8] which is quite a bit fewer than usual for most PG-13 films. However, these elements, combined with a consideration of suicide, Alice (Ashley Greene) lying to arrange for Bella and Edward to spend the weekend together alone and speaking in "code" to hide the truth from the father stole enough of the starting 100 points of this investigation area to earn the content R-equivalence in this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 16 out of 100
Even Edward was portrayed as being made uneasy by the excessive shirtlessness demonstrated in this teen flick. Edward asked Bella "Doesn't he own a shirt" about Jacob when Jacob again appears shirtless before Bella. So, even Hollywood recognizes the property of male shirtlessness. And even commercial producers recognize it -- one commercial had a shirtless husband walk in on his wife and her female guest and had the wife tell her husband to put on a shirt, that her guest would never be satisfied with another man.

One of the presences which stood out was the belittlement of marriage to facilitate sexual freedom and cohabitation. God does not like that. [Hebr. 13:4, 1 Cor. 7:1-2]

The film also emboldens your mid to late teen daughters to manufacture sexual independence. Bella is somewhat vociferous in "explaining" and even flaunting her sexuality before her father.

Numerous times Bella is seen atop Edward or Edward is seen atop Bella though each is clothed. One time Bella tries to take off Edward's clothes and her own but Edward stops her. Edward is portrayed as of the "old school" morality regarding sexual responsibility, as if that is supposed to excuse the demonstrations of of Bella's lust for Edward or that such material is presented at all. Just because you don't see any nudity or just because the making out does not reach fruition, it is still sexual. Or at least sensual.

Just because there is no nudity does not make it clean. Just because "you don't see anything" does not mean nothing is seen. [1 Ths. 4:1-5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 51 out of 100
Drinking, drunkenness and drunken rape. All for your 13 year old kids. Right there! On the screen!

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

• 46% for those with no viewing restrictions • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. The researchers selected R-rated movies because they assumed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of R-13 proven by this ministry in 2000 with which Harvard University researchers agreed four years later. The bottom line? Regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification the focus is that the emboldening influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
As with many movies of unholy behaviors and talk, this one violates Is. 5:20 which warns of woe for they who call evil good or good evil. Portraying the evil (vampires and werewolves, if they existed) as "good" for doing good is exactly that. Using a power that is unholy and not from God even to do good is serving the unholy whether the good are served or not. There is no such thing as a "good witch" and likewise no such thing as a "good vampire" (if there were such things).

Not surprisingly, this is the content area which earned the lowest of the six investigation area scores. To enumerate each instance of violation of Scripture would make this report much too large. Please rely on the listing in the Findings/Scoring area for the representation of content applicable to this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 62 out of 100
Though there were many killings (such as of the newborns), a demonstration of the loss of a life onscreen is not incorporated into Murder/Suicide if it is because of police action, warfare or is defensive killing. However, the deaths due to, for example, the vampires killing people in the streets of Seattle certainly are incorporated here. There were at least five murders noted, probably more since much of the scenery surrounding the acts was at best blurry and rushed, making the determination that the portrayal was of a life lost most difficult.

For example, when the Volturi killed the defenseless young girl newborn and when Biers killed a victim in the streets of Seattle, it was murder. But when story characters died as they tried to kill each other it was not considered murder but rather defensive killing and was incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.

While Jacob considered suicide in one scene, only completed suicide is incorporated into this investigation area. Attempts at and contemplation of suicide are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. 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 "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, 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 American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 above. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Prov. 18:3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. [this is one of the Ten Commandments!]
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 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 [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [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 visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ["Not to touch..." God is wise to rationalizations of man. "Touch" is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee}; to touch; of carnal intercourse with a woman or cohabitation.]

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.)

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 10 out of 100
  • background song of car theft
  • repeated assault with intent to injure and intimidation with fear
  • vandalism to detain
  • animal attack, repeatedly with varying intensities from nuisance to severe including amputation
  • pursuit to kill
  • dead bodies, repeatedly
  • self stabbing
  • assault on young girl to "change" her
  • gang assault on a couple
  • order to kill
  • physical brutality
  • vampire bites, repeatedly of varying intensity, some with screaming from pain
  • hand-to-hand battle with brutal killing such as ripping heads and arms off
  • action violence, repeatedly, of varying intensities
  • self-inflicted gash to draw blood
  • beheading by bite
  • setting a body aflame

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 30 out of 100
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • defiance of parental standards for "love"
  • speaking in "code" to hide the truth from father
  • lie
  • tantrum
  • referring to father by first name throughout
  • "I know what I want" from a 17 year old girl planning to give up her soul for "love"
  • arranging with lies for boy/girl to spend the weekend together alone in a house
  • considering suicide to relieve misery

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 16 out of 100
  • teen pair making out in a meadow
  • "marriage is just a piece of paper" to excuse sexual freedom
  • girl atop a boy clothed
  • camera angle with positioning to force viewer on private parts
  • flaunting sexual freedom before father
  • boy-girl overnight travel together unmarried
  • dress to maximize skin exposure and/or human form at high school
  • extensive shirtlessness - male
  • exposure to below navel skin threatening to expose that which follows, repeatedly
  • boy-girl snuggling on a bed clothed
  • boy-girl in bed dressed
  • belittlement of marriage for sake of sexual freedom
  • father/daughter sex talk offer of sex by girl to boy, begging for it
  • boy-girl making out on a bed clothed
  • girl trying to strip for boy
  • girl trying to remove boy's clothes
  • belittlement of noble virtues to excuse immoral sex
  • gaping face kissing
  • sexual parlance re: removing clothing
  • girl snuggling with shirtless boy
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 51 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, multiple
  • drunken sexual assault-rape
  • teen party with drinking

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • God's name is spoken in vain four times, each time by a teen
  • request to surrender soul for "love"
  • planning to surrender soul for "love" throughout
  • vampirism throughout
  • impossible physical abilities, repeatedly
  • shape shifting, repeatedly
  • tattoos
  • portrayal of unnatural, unholy "powers", repeatedly
  • conspiring with the unholy to do the unholy, repeatedly
  • claim of unnatural, unholy heritage
  • three uses of God's name in vain by a teen
  • portrayal of an impossible age (immortality)
  • vampire attack, repeatedly, of varying intensity from "mild" to beheading
  • portrayal of unholy control of a human
  • unholy brutalization of a young girl

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 62 out of 100
  • at least five murders, some as brutal as shattering the head of the victim

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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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