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The 13th Warrior (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 63
CAP Influence Density: 0.89
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*The 13th Warrior* (R) I do not have much to tell you about this movie except there was lots of slicing and dicing of humans. If there was a plot, it was covered adequately in the trailers.

An Arab outcast -- who fell for the wrong woman -- banded with a group of Norse warriors who, for some mystic reason, had to have a non-Norse as their 13th warrior. Together, they did battle with a tribe of aggressors wearing bear heads who terrorize the land. Some comedy, some so-so acting, and some he-man bravado, but lots and lots of human mutilations, beheadings, stabbings, guttings, and more. But only three instances of the three/four letter word vocabulary and none of God's name in vain with or without the four letter expletive. A suicidal sacrifice, cannibalism, drunkenness, and heads hanging about laced the fabric of violence into a weave of gore and wanton licentiousness. Some sexual material (including child genitalia) and 'sorcery' sauced up the mix a little.

While this movie was equivalent to PG programming of 1995/96 in Impudence/Hate, Sex/Homosexuality, Drugs/Alcohol, and Offense to God, it was clearly equivalent to R programming of 1995/96 in Wanton Violence/Crime and Murder/Suicide. *The 13th Warrior* reveals another benefit of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model -- to identify where the most invasive programming lies.

For the benefit of our visitors who are ultra-liberal lovers of trash in entertainment who leave us hate mail, you are advised that the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model is completely objective. While the Summary/Commentary may seem subjective, I tell you nothing that was not present in a movie. Further, we make no scoring allowances whatsoever for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse and manufacturing of justification for display of aberrant behavior and imagery. And we use the teachings of Jesus as the yardstick to measure the content of movies. In other words, the CAP model does not mathematically care about context or message or storyline. The CAP ministry is not a secular movie review service -- it is a Christian media analysis service. Don't expect these reports to read like "Siskel and Ebert" or "The Washington Post."

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The 13th Warrior (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • child with beating injuries
  • beheadings
  • mutilations
  • guttings
  • beatings
  • amputations
  • stabbings
  • hanging heads
  • walls, piles, and pillars of bloody human skulls
  • beast attacks
  • uncounted deaths
  • drowning threat
  • battle violence and gore
  • blood splatter

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • rabblery
  • child's disobedience

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • child nudity, including genitalia
  • implied intercourse by cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • calling on an 'angel' of death
  • reading bones to foretell
  • "Your fate is fixed"
  • praying to many gods

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic sword murders
  • suicidal sacrifice
  • murder by beheading
  • murder with arrows (to the head)

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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