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MAR2011.078

(2010), PG-13 [Very Hard R-13*] (133.2hr --min)

Final Score
Analysis Date
Date Posted
Influence Density
MinMax
June 28, 2011
June 28, 2011
23
1.78
-71

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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
(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 [Very Hard R-13*] ... a pattern intended in the murders


Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Magic Light Pictures, CinemaNX, Isle of Man Film, Entertainment Film Distributors, Matador Pictures, Cinema Four, Regent Capital
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Jonathan Lynn
Producer(s): Steve Christian, Nigel Green, Philippe Martin,Martin Pope, Michael Rose, Marc Samuelson, Daryl Shute, Joanne Storkan, Nigel Thomas, Julia Valentine, Charlotte Walls
Screenplay by: Lucinda Coxon, Pierre Salvadori
Cinematography/Camera: David Johnson
Music: Michael Price
Film Editing: Michael Parker
Casting: Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Production Design: Caroline Greville-Morris
Art Direction: Jim Glen
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD



I am not going to spend a lot of time on the Summary/Commentary of Wild Target. To me it was less than a "B" flick. At least three times during the prepration of the analysis package I almost trashed it. I agree with moviemadness12 that this is one of the worse movies ever.

I just thought the movie might be of some interest because Rupert Grint of Harry Potter notoriety was a co-star as was Emily Blunt from The Adjustment Bureau of which I had just last week conducted an analysis. Note that we have an analysis of each of the Harry Potter films and The Adjustment Bureau in our archives if you wish to visit them. Neither of these two thespians can apparently change their persona much -- not how well they do what they do, just what they do.

The story is about hit man Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) falling in love with one of his targets, the "wild target", namely Rose (Emily Blunt). Rose has a contract on her for cheating a man out of 900,000 for a copy of a Rembrandt painting. Rupert Grint tags along as Tony, a wannabe apprentice hit man.

This film is one of the hardest R-13 films I have seen. And not because of any particularly graphic examples of assault on morality and decency. The most graphic scene (in my opinion) was the scene of a gun part impaled in the head of a bad guy which was the last scene of violence in the show. It is "hard R-13" is because of s-o-o many "lesser" instances of ignominy.

This film is quite likely the best example of the CAP Rule of 1000 I have ever encountered. Of the nearly 1400 films I have seen, Wild Target is quite probably the most "successful" of all at stuffing the film with tons of "lesser" examples of assault on morality and decency to get the same effect or "feel" of a film that uses fewer but more extreme examples.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This film is saturated with firearm threats and gunfire, criminal acts and petty theft, attempted murder and many more acts of violence and/or crime. Far too many to even summarize here. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a complete accounting of all findings.

It would be most advisable for those who consider watching this film to seriously consider the following. God warns in Prov. 16:29 that violence is "catching." Even four professional public health agencies, 2000 years later, have chimed in on God's wisdom, probably without knowing it, by jointly announcing that "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" and "viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life." We really need to listen to what God and these people have to say.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Seventeen times someone utters profanity, including two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29, Col. 3:8] Traffic rudeness causing property damage, brutality and praising criminal behavior did not help the score in the investigation area any. [Hab. 2:9]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
With the clothing Blunt wore in this film viewing the movie almost seemed to be back in the 60s and 70s. If the clothing did not show most of her kegs, she didn't wear it. I noticed the same Blunt trend in The Adjustment Bureau as well. While such display was expensive to the score in this investigation area, so were the anatomical references, the gamming, the reference to condoms, the angle and/or pose to force the viewer on private parts, the man in a bathtub, the mother encouraging sexually immoral behaviors in her son, the ... Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring for a complete accounting of the findings. [Eph. 5:12, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 7 out of 100
Lo and behold! A non-zero area score! It is seven out of 100 but at least it is not zero as have been each of the three previous area scores. Drinking. Booze. Smoking dope. Smoking tobacco. Drunkenness. It is all there for your 13 year olds. And that is not good. Not only does God say so, the American College of Physicians says so.

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. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - 71 out of 100
    Seventy one! Wow! Only about 30% of the starting 100 points were lost due to content in this investigation area. And all because of using God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 57 out of 100
    There was probably a pattern intended in the murders in this film. Each time someone was murdered it was done by three gunfire shots. Four times someone was murdered by three gunshots.


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    SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S)
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    CHAPTER/VERSE

  • 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" 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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Eph. 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
  • 1 Thess. 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 sight and sound), 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.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion 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.]

    ***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.]


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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.
  • FINDINGS / SCORING:
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)


    Wild Target (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • dead body, repeatedly
  • admitting, with pride, to being a murderer/hit man
  • scrapbook of murder victim stories
  • cheating
  • firearms and firearm threats, frequent
  • petty theft, repeatedly, including from dead body
  • mother encouraging son's murdering
  • gunfire injury, repeatedly
  • car theft
  • pursuit to kill
  • assault, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • reckless driving including endangerment, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by drowning
  • car wreck with injuries
  • coaching to become a criminal
  • felony evasion
  • attempted knife murder
  • shotgun blast to kill, destroying door
  • knife to throat
  • kidnapping at gunpoint
  • impalement into brain

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 19 uses of profanity, two of which were the most foul of the foul words
  • traffic rudeness, repeatedly, once causing property damage
  • lying, repeatedly
  • brutality
  • "I will kill myself" though in jest
  • praising criminal behavior
  • animated argument
  • no consequences for criminal behavior

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • changing clothes in public
  • "gay" pair in embrace
  • booty call
  • woman undressing to underwear
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • man on woman in bed
  • sounds of intercourse
  • very short skirt/dress, frequent
  • rude gaze
  • gamming, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference
  • reference to condoms
  • angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts
  • man in bathtub, twice
  • exhibitionism nudity, homosexual
  • mother encouraging son's sexually immoral behavior
  • painting nudity
  • form-fitting clothing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 7 out of 100
  • booze
  • dinner wine
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking dope
  • smoking tobacco, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 71 out of 100
  • 8 uses of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 57 out of 100
  • four murders by gunfire















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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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