RED does not mean "stop." GREEN does not mean "go." Click on the CAPCon Alert image for explanation
A ministry of the ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP Ministry)
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Christian Ministry. www.capalert.com/
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to His little ones through you in His name by His Word
(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 22min)
The #1 Christian entertainment media analysis service on the Internet. We give you OBJECTIVE tools NO ONE ELSE CAN to help YOU make an informed decision for yourself whether a film is fit for your family. Over 1000 analyses for parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and more.
Click it to try it!
(a PayPal account is NOT required)
OR (preferred) by Check or Money Order.
The CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian ministry (75-2607488). Donations to us are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
on what Hollywood feeds your kids. SUBSCRIBE
to our FREE text-only email version of these reports and our COMING SOON notices.
Christian Long Distance
(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): Warner Bros., Radiant Productions, Next Entertainment, Irwin Allen Productions, Synthesis Entertainment, Virtual Studios
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Wolfgang Petersen
Producer(s): Sheila Allen, Todd Arnow, Chris Briggs, Kevin Burns, Mike Fleiss, Akiva Goldsman, Duncan Henderson, Barbara Huber, Jon J. Jashni, Kimberly Miller, Wolfgang Petersen, Ben Waisbren
Novel by: Paul Gallico
Screenplay by: Mark Protosevich
Cinematography/Camera: John Seale
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: Peter Honess
Casting: Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins, Michelle Lewitt
Production Design: William Sandell
Art Direction: Kevin Ishioka, Mike Mansbridge
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
First, I am sorry this is so late. I could have had it ready and published the morning of opening day. But, in addition to the increasing delays caused by lack of funds enough to dedicate myself to the ministry, my computer is locking up a lot lately. It takes a lot longer to prepare a report which needs five applications when one can no longer use more than one at a time. And then questionably.
When I got home after viewing *Poseidon* (2006) while giving Angela her early AM feeding and breathing treatment I noticed *The Poseidon Adventure* (1972), TV-PG, with Gene Hackman, Earnest Borgnine, Shelly Winters, Roddy McDowell, Red Buttons, Stella Stevens and Pamela Sue Martin was on the AMC channel. Imagine that. By that opportunity I am able to mix with this Summary Commentary on the 2006 version a few points of comparison with the 1972 version.
Ex-NYC Mayor and firefighter father with daughter pair, Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell) and Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) are thrown into a discussion of morality as daddy walked in on Jennifer and fiance, Christian (Mike Vogel) as set on the couch in the Ramsey quarters on the Poseidon. Chris was stroking the underside of Jennifer's thigh with her legs over his facing him ... she in a skirt. Jennifer explains to her father while his blood drips off the hilt of her verbal knife that there are a million places on the Poseidon they could do the deed and that it is essentially none of his business if they do (which sounded more like *when* they do than *if* they do). Now the obligatory requirement for cinematic child arrogance against parental authority *and* sexual arrogance against wholesome moral standards are met.
Also met is the seemingly modern obligatory portrayal of homosexuality to the PG-13 age stratum. One of the passengers, Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) begs his cell phone listener who, by Nelson's words sounds to be his wife, has left him for another. Nelson begged the listener to call him at the New Year's moment of midnight ... just for old time's sake. When his "wife" does not call at midnight, Nelson pines over the loss of him -- yes, him. The loss throws Nelson to the brink of suicide, which itself is reported to have a more-urban-legend-than-fact association with practicing homosexuality. See Bias Information on Gay-Teen Suicide Keeps Truth from Youth. Though Nelson is not a teen, the report by Dr. Throckmorton speaks to the false notion that they who choose to practice homosexuality have a higher tendency of suicide than heterosexuals. In the 1976 version there was no mention, inference or suggestion of homosexuality noted.
Josh Lucas as Dylan Johns, a professional gambler. Lucas replaces Red Buttons of the 1972 version and is much younger than Buttons. Further, Lucas is a womanizer while there were none in the 1972 version. Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett), mother of young Conner (Jimmy Bennett) is the focus of Johns' womanizing.
As all this is going on, a tremendous wave is on its way to swamp the Poseidon. The plot and story of the 2006 version is nearly a carbon copy of the 1972 version so there is little need to discuss the plot/story. Other changes from the 1972 version are about the same caliber as the changes noted above ... the 2006 version being more extreme than the 1972 version.
The majesty of the film is not in the roles of the characters but is in the cinematography. It is hard to imagine the degree of attention to detail that would be necessary to build an accurate set portraying everything upside down. Peterson does a good job of it. He was even accurate in the portrayal of the tornadic rush of air through the escape hatch as the overturned ship filled with water. But I am not so sure of his accuracy when he had the characters speaking of the wave being a "rouge wave" that swamped the ship, implying that it is a single wave that just happens. Waves of such magnitude are certainly caused by undersea/coastal volcanic and earthquake activity. But one just happening? I am not sanguine about that. It's a movie.
What I saw of the 1972 version was not nearly as violent or gory as the counterpart choreography in the 2006 version. Probably because of the limitations of technology of 1972. But this is yet another example of what I have been preaching for some time: "We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible." [Ps. 12:8]
While the 2006 version centered its obligatory PG-13 female skin footage around cleavage, what I saw of the 1972 version, believe it or not, appeared to have more leg skin than the 2006 version has cleavage. The three women of the escaping group in the 1972 version were each wearing quite short outfits. If this imagery was not simply to show female skin, why were the men fully covered all the time? And to add to the sexuality of the 2006 version, one of the quintessential escaping women, Elena Gonzalez (Mía Maestro) "bunked" (unseen) with a galley crewman in exchange for passage. These portrayals of sexually-oriented programming in the 2006 version were in addition to Jennifer's disrespect of her father in defense of her sexually immoral standards. Granted, Jennifer and Chris were going to get married, but they weren't at the time. And Rossum and Vogel were not married nor were they going to be (not that marriage excuses such a display to the public).
The 1972 version appeared to have even more profanity than the 2006 version but avoided the uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive found in the 2006 version.
Finally, the little boy (Conner in the 2006 version) was not the one stranded "under" a table bolted to the dining room floor. In the 2006 version, it was his sister. The galley crewman (McDowell) who was part of the group in the 1972 version was not murdered to save others. I didn't watch enough of the 1972 version to find out whether anyone committed sacrificial suicide as was presented in the 2006 version.
One more thing. In the 1972 version, there was none of a child's disrespect of a parent. Maybe I'll rent the 1972 version and conduct a qualified comparative of the two versions.
The strongest reason this 2006 version of *Poseidon* is R-13 is due to the intense violence in the film found by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area. I would not have believed filmmakers could have gotten so much violence of so many kinds into 88 minutes and still have a story. [Prov. 16:29]
Coming in as a close second is Drugs/Alcohol (D). It is a film centered around New Year's Eve, but New Year's Eve does not minimize or eliminate the influence of alcoholic beverages and drunkenness in and as entertainment. This film is rated PG-13 which entices the target group of a recent study regarding the influence of booze in and as entertainment. For more information, please visit the link in the application of Eph. 5:18 below.
Third in scoring loss was the content found by the Offense to God (O) investigation area. There were a large number of the uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
Fourth in scoring loss was the content found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area. Seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus a muffled speaking of the most foul of the foul words were expensive to the scoring, [Col. 3:8]
Fifth in scoring loss was due to the content found by the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area. Most of the loss was due to the frequent excessive cleavage, the inappropriate touch of a girl by a boy and other matters of sexual orientation, including the "gay" inference. I would like to share with everyone that all of God's admonitions regarding sexual behaviors may be summed up as *any* sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage is sinful. [1Ths. 4:1-5, 1 Cor. 6:9-10]
Finally, the content found by Murder/Suicide (M) suffered the least scoring loss with only one murder and one [sacrificial] suicide.
Since the plot/story of both the 1972 and this 2006 versions are essentially the same, there is no need to go into any great detail of this 2006 version. But I implore that you inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report *before* making a decision as to for what age stratum of your family, if any, this film might be fit. It is your decision. We tell you what is there. In great detail. You decide.
If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ] or bold. If you wish to have full context available, the Blue Letter Bible is a convenient source. If you use the Blue Letter Bible, a new window will open. Close it to return here or use "Window" in your browser's menu bar to alternate between the CAP page and the Blue Letter Bible page.
***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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
ChildCare Action Project (CAP): Christian Analysis of American Culture
100% dependent on your tax-deductible financial support
Christian Long Distance
We exist only by your tax-deductible donations. PLEASE
Features PayPal! You do NOT need an account to donate.