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(2004), R --... You do the math.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Blackout Productions Inc., Kopelson Entertainment
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Philip Kaufman
Producer(s): Barry Baeres, Stephen Brown, Michael Flynn, Peter Kaufman, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Robyn Meisinger, Linne Radmin
Written by: Sarah Thorp
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: Mark Isham
Film Editing: Peter Boyle
Casting: Denise Chamian
Production Design: J. Dennis Washington
Art Direction: Thomas T. Taylor
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Twisted was a nasty one. It earned a zero score in each of Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S) and Drugs/Alcohol (D). A teen favorite. At least a favorite by what Hollywood thinks teens want. That the MPAA gave it a R rating is by now relatively meaningless since more than half of all films readily available to the public are rated R and more than half of all moviegoers are non-adults. Such is evident judging by the number of backwards baseball caps, the number of feet on the backs of chairs, the heaviness of make-up/cologne/perfume and the midriff bulging in the audience. You do the math. And uses of the most foul of the foul words almost beat uses of the others of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 21-22. [Eph. 4:29]
Note before I go any further that I caught myself trying to nod off a couple times during the last half of the show, so I may have missed a couple items of assault on wholesome ethics and morality.
Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) recently received a promotion to homicide detective. Jessica has a propensity to pick up men in bars for sex. [1Ths. 4:3 - 7; 1 Cor. 7:2; Prov. 30:20] Each of the men Jessica picked up turned up dead with a signature of a cigarette burn in the middle of the back of their left hand, signifying a serial killer motif. Jessica's partner, detective Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia) is about the only one who welcomes her into the homicide division.
Jessica's parents are dead. Her detective father went on a killing spree then killed his wife and himself. Jessica's father was the partner of the now Commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson) who raised Jessica and trained her to be like Sherlock Holmes, able to spout off a list of facts about a sight after a few seconds of seeing it. With the like-father, like-daughter syndrome hounding the detectives, Jessica becomes suspect as the serial killer.
Even Jessica begins to doubt herself because of the blackouts she suffers and because of the innuendo of the department psychiatrist Dr. Melvin Frank (David Strathairn). What is happening to her? Is she really the serial killer? Or it she being set up?
Actually, the above commentary sounds more intriguing than the film. But the film is intrigue we should do without. The level of language is about that of a prison locker room [Col. 3:8], sexual immorality is rampant as is violence and gore [Phil. 4:8]. Bars, drinking and drunkenness as well as illegal use of drugs make this film a waste of time [Eph. 5:18], morally speaking. Not to mention cardboard performances in a predictable plot. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section tells enough.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 more than eight 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.|