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(2012), PG-13 [Hard PG-13*] (90min)

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Ju;y 11, 2012
July 14, 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 PG-13*] ... intertwines a number of Greek false gods to provide the cinematic fabric

Production (US): A Warner Brothers Pictures Presentation in Association with Legendary Pictures, A Cott Productions, LLC and Furia de Titanes II, AIE Co-production. A Thunder Road Film Production.
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Home Video
Director(s): Jonathan Liebesman
Producer(s): Basil Iwanyk, Polly Johnsen, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Callum McDougall, Kevin De La Noy, Louis Leterrier
Screenplay by: Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson
Story by: Greg Berlanti, David Leslie Johnson, Dan Mazeau
Cinematography/Camera: Ben Davis
Music: Javier Navarrette
Film Editing: Martin Walsh
Casting: Jina Jay
Production Design: Charles Wood
Art Direction: Mark Swain, Mike Stallion, Stuart Kerns, Tom Brown, Paul Kirby, Jordan Crockett
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Video DVD

Wrath of the Titans earned a final score of 56 making its overall content equivalent to the more severe PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database. The lost of but two more points would place this film in the R-equivalence of the R-13 realm. Of particular note is that its content earned R-equivalence in the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O) content investigation areas. And it earned a CAP Influence Density (ID) figure of 2.72 where R-rated features in the baseline database earned ID figures of 0.78 to 2.04, the higher the figure the more severe the density of assaults on morality and wholesome ethics. The ID of this film is more severe than all of the R-rated films in the baseline database.

It has been ten years since the half-god Perseus killed the Kracken with the head of Medusa in Clash of the Titans (PG) of 1981 with Harry Hamlin as Perseus. Now Perseus (Sam Wiorthington) is "retired" from godhood and is raising his son Helius (John Bell) in a remote fishing village. Mom is dead. Clea (Sinead Cusack) is nanny. Life is "boring" by comparison but comfortable. Faith in the gods is evaporating and has been for a long time. Prayer to the gods is almost nonexistent. The gods grow weak due to the apathy.

The god Zeus (Liam Neeson), father of Perseus shows up at Helius' bedside. Zeus needs Perseus' help with the soon to come calamity that will affect all - gods and men. Since man has nearly stopped praying to the gods their power is waning and their "work" is coming undone. Part of the "work" that threatens to come undone is the imprisonment of Kronos, Zeus' father in Tartarus, the underworld prison for gods deep in the bowels of the Earth.

Now, due to the weakening of the gods, Kronos is about to escape and wreak death and destruction across the universe. Perseus' brother, Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and Zeus' brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) have teamed up with Kronos to capture Zeus and steal his powers to complete the release of Kronos. Perseus must assemble the three parts of the Spear of Trium, the only weapon that will defeat Kronos. Perseus needs Poseidon's trident, Hades' pitchfork and Zeus' thunderbolt to assemble them into the Spear of Trium.

Teaming up with Perseus is Queen Andromeda (Rosmund Pike) and her army, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), son of Poseidon (Danny Huston) and Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), husband of Aphrodite and maker of the god-weapons. And Pegasus. In both the 1981 and this 2012 versions of the show too much "credit" is given to Perseus. Perseus could not have done what he did without Pegasus.

I will say that this production is unmatched in graphic CGI detail, especially in the portrayal of characters of glowing coals, fiery lava and the molten matter that makes up Kronos. Even the attention to detail in the appearance of the giant Cyclops characters down to the whites of their eyes is amazing.

But unfortunately the story is about and intertwines a number of Greek false gods to provide the cinematic fabric of the story.


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
This film is [subjectively speaking] intensely violent. It presents at least 48 instances of violence per hour. With a Wanton Violence/Crime (W) content investigation area score of zero out of 100, it is clearly more intense with violence than many R-rated features. Indeed, the actual area score for violence is much less than zero at minus 584 but less-than-zero scores are meaningless to the data display and scoring and are delimited to read zero.

It would be counterproductive to try to summarize here the plethora if violence line items noted in the Findings/Scoring section. For that reason I ask that you inspect the listing in the Wanton Violence/Crime findings list for the best accounting of the violence content of this film.

Please realize that the general lack of bloody gore does not excuse the influence of the violence of this film. Please realize also that "fantasy" violence does not absolve violence of its influence on the viewer, especially the impressionable. God knew this when He wrote the more than 50 admonishments against violence from the Old Testament to the new Testament. Proverb 16:29 succinctly puts His Word about violence in perspective. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing: that it is "catching"; that it can lead one into the way that is not good. And strangely enough man has plagiarized God's Word, probably without knowing it, by four professional public health agencies warning that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially youth, into real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 59 out of 100
Here is where the content cleans itself up a little. There are only two uses of profanity which is most atypical of "PG-13." But the intense brutality and hatred with malice portrayed in the film makes up the rest of the loss of over 40% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1 - 3 that brutality is offensive to God. And we are to rid ourselves of emotions such as hatred. [Col. 3:8, Gal. 5:19-21]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
This is another area in which there is refreshingly little assault on morality and wholesome ethics. In fact, there is only one instance of any sort of assault. That being one innuendo about sexual seduction of a mermaid.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There were no instances found of possession or consumption of illegal drugs or tobacco and no instances of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
This is another area in which the content of assault is so dense it would be counterproductive to try to summarize them in the space available here. The basic property of the content applicable to this investigation area is the portrayal of false gods, worship of and praying to them and unholy creatures and power.

Greek mythology may be a big factor in education and many may find it intriguing and desirable but God does not agree. In one of the Ten Commandments God warns us that we shall have no other gods before Him. Period. [Exod. 20:3] To play around with and entertain the notion of false gods and them having power over mankind are inadvisable.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 81 out of 100
This film has portrayal of killing of some sort of another averaging about once every two minutes, some very brutal, but deaths by war, defensive action and police action are not incorporated into this investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area. Thus, only the portrayal of two of the killings were considered of murder.



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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.]
  • 2 Tim 3:1 - 3 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, ...
  • 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.
  • Gal. 5:19 - 21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Exod. 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me. [And that does not mean we may have gods behind or less than Him.]

    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.)

    Wrath of the Titans (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • scenes of demonic creatures warring with men, repeatedly
  • hundreds of bodies falling from sky by action of an unholy creature
  • fiery creatures killing humans, repeatedly
  • intense battle between false gods and fire demons
  • "son" beating "father" to near death
  • death of character by "liquid fire"
  • unholy attack on a village with many deaths
  • scenes of individualized killings of varying intensity, many
  • action violence of varying intensities, many
  • injury gore
  • field suturing of slash injuries
  • flesh decay to dust, repeatedly
  • images of massive destruction, repeatedly
  • military assault to kill
  • glowing searing of flesh, repeatedly
  • one-on-one attack by demon beast
  • great fall involving two and without consequences
  • attempted murder by burying two-point spear into character's back
  • kidnapping of young boy and hurting him
  • brutality, some extreme, repeatedly
  • impalements with blades during fight

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 59 out of 100
  • two uses of profanity
  • additional brutality
  • hateful expression
  • hatred of "father" and "brother", repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
  • sexual innuendo re: seduction

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • polytheism throughout
  • references and suggestions to pray to false gods, frequent
  • portrayal of false gods throughout
  • portrayal of reliance on false gods throughout
  • possession and use of unholy power throughout
  • demon/mythological creatures, repeatedly
  • worshipping/bowing to false gods, repeatedly
  • "You fool!" and "Fool"
  • metaphysical connection between two characters
  • individualized killings with supernatural powers, repeatedly
  • massive demon beast
  • unholy healing

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 81 out of 100
  • two blade murders

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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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