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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 22min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Team Todd, Underground Films
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Peter Hewitt
Producer(s): Joseph Boccia, Trevor Engelson, Todd Garner, Neil A. Machlis, Nick Osborne, Julie Ragland, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Screenplay: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum
Screen Story: Adam Rifkin
Novel: Jason Lethcoe ("Zoom's Academy")
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Lawrence Jordan
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Barry Chusid
Art Direction: Joshu de Cartier, Tamara Deverell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
ZOOM earned a CAP final score of 74 which places it near the middle of the scoring range earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database. But "PG" means it has a few immoral teeth. The Most of Zoom's "teeth" appear in Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). Especially in Impudence/Hate (some language but mostly arrogance, rebellion, defiance, usurping parents, etc.). Trending appears to show this is typical of PG "kid" shows. Zoom honors that trend.
Zoom could be a sequel to Sky High. So much so I offer the scoring display for Sky High to the same for Zoom as a comparative for your consideration.
One of the great features of the CAP analysis model is the comparability. With the above scoring comparative one can easily identify moral content similarities. Morally speaking, for the most part if you've seen Sky High you've seen Zoom. The thermometer patterns of the two films are very close except in Zoom with the plethora of innuendo by Chevy Chase and Tim Allen [1Ths. 4:7, Rev. 21:27] made the sexually immoral content of Zoom is a little more severe than the same in Sky High. And the matters of impudence were a little more severe in Sky High than in Zoom [1 Peter 5:5].
There is little else I could say that isn't already said by the comparative. However, by the information shown in the comparative one could say, that Zoom and Sky High are nearly two peas out of the same pod. Together with the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring sections, the CAP service might help you be in the best position possible without seeing both films to make an informed moral decision as to the fitness of an unseen film when compared to a film you find acceptable. In a nutshell, if you found Sky High acceptable, you will likely find Zoom acceptable.
Jack Shepard (Tim Allen), a.k.a. Captain Zoom lost his powers of super speed 30 years ago. His nemesis (and brother), Conner Shepard (Kevin Zegars), a.k.a. Concussion is coming back. Jack must not only come out of moth balls but must assemble and train a new Zenith Team to combat Concussion. That is the team in the poster art.
The chubby guy with his megafist in the foreground is 12 year old Tucker Williams (Spencer Breslin), a.k.a Megaboy with the power to make any part of his body h-u-g-e. To Tucker's right is 17 year old Dylan West (Michael Cassidy), a.k.a Houdini with the power to make himself and objects invisible and to envision things beyond walls. Above Tucker is 16 year old Summer Jones (Kate Mara), a.k.a Wonder who has the power to levitate things. Above Dylan is 6 year old Cindy Collins (Ryan Newman who is actually 8 years old), a.k.a Princess with super strength.
In the top middle of the poster art is Captain Zoom. His power was super speed which exceeded that of even Superman, Flash and all others with super speed. But Zoom has lost his power. Nonetheless, the Zenith Project must assemble a new team of super heroes to stop the dastardly deeds of Concussion who has the power to send devastating shock waves at his command.
Together with developmental scientists Dr. Grant (Chevy Chase), Marsha Holloway (Courtney Cox) and General Larraby (Rip Torn), the Zenith Team must prevent Concussion from regaining a hold on the world.
Subjectively speaking Zoom is not as entertaining as Sky High but critics who say they don't like it are not children. If you find what we reveal about the content to be acceptable, let your kids decide for themselves whether they like it and don't let movie critics decide for them.
This film takes full advantage of the "new and improved" technology to portray violent actions. While no gore is seen and no death occurs, the aggression of super heroes doing battle found by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area are at times intense. [Prov. 16:29]
Largest in point loss was due to the content found by the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area, mostly dress and comments. [Eph. 5:4] Next in line for point-loss is the content found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area due to a wide variety of issues of arrogance, rebellion and other issues of the impudent nature such as inclusion of Hollywood's seeming fetish with body exudate humor in and as entertainment for kids and three instances of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Col. 3:8] While none of the portrayals of sexually immoral behaviors/comments and issues of impudence in this film are all that "nasty", there are enough of them to be equivalent to some "lite" R-rated films in Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). Zoom is rated PG after all and that means there are some questionable presentations in it that parents might find unsuitable for their kids.
While the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found programming equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database, the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area and the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation areas found nothing thus making these areas fully equivalent to G-rated films. The Offense to God (O) investigation area earned a score equivalent to the scores earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database.
The listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section goes beyond this Summary/Commentary and reveals all that was noted. Please consider inspecting it before you decide whether to take your little ones to see Zoom.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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)
Christian Educators Association International
|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.|
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