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(2010), NR [Strong 13-NR*] (1hr 23.5min)

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June 14, 2011
June 14, 2011

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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.

(2010), NR [Strong 13-NR*] ... akin to the old Saturday night Sinbad films

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): The Global Asylum
Distribution (US): Asylum Home Entertainment
Director(s): trey Stokes
Producer(s): Paul Bales, Stephen Fiske, David Garber, David Michael Latt, David Rimawi
Screenplay: Paul Bales
Story: Herman Melville
Cinematography/Camera: Alexander Yellen
Music: Chris Ridenhour
Film Editing: Alex Evans
Production Design: Rafael Sierra
Art Direction: Srinath Ravanaa Ramalingam
Viewed on Asylum Home Entertainment DVD

There is not much good to say about 2010: Moby Dick. As the advertisements say it is an attempt at re-telling of the famous Moby Dick by Herman Melville and a bad attempt at that. All the cast are unknowns ... and are likely to remain that way. The story tells of a Navy sailor who lost his left leg to a monster whale in 1969 and is now a full-bird Captain out to avenge himself using an 1.8 billion dollar submarine -- and as many lives as he needs -- to do it.

This film is not rated by the MPAA which means anything goes. Blockbuster has a "YRV" rating on it for "Youth Restricted Viewing" as a note for the clerks that the renter should be 17 or older. At any rate, the CAP Analysis Model found the content to be equivalent to most films rated PG-13 in the comparative baseline database. With a final score of 58 2010: Moby Dick is a CAP 13-NR mainly because of violence and language.

As an opinion, I offer that the quality of the film is akin to the old Saturday night Sinbad films. The imagination of the writers decided to make this monster whale not only intelligent enough to counter man's assaults against it but able to crawl up on land and launch itself through the air.

I am not going to spend a lot of time on this one and will try to make it "short and sweet."

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Most of the violence in this film is creature violence - that of a 400-foot monster whale attacking man's sea-going vehicles. There are a large number of action violence sequences of varying intensity along with military ordnance against the monster.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 28 out of 100
Language as certainly of PG-13 caliber - 18 uses of profanity. [Col. 3:8, 2 Tim. 2:16, Prov. 4:24] And that is all there is to the content applicable to this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
If the good marine doctor had worn a little more clothing longer there would be no Sexual Immorality content to this film.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 56 out of 100
Smoking and drinking with beer (unseen) as a reward is all there is to the content applicable to this investigation area.

Offense to God (O) - 72 out of 100
God's name was used in vain four times and one of the characters uttered "What kind of God would allow such a thing."

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders. No suicides. Lots of deaths, which were incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area, but no murders or suicides.


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  • 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.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Prov. 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

    ***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.]


    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.)

    2010: Moby Dick (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • bloody injury, repeatedly
  • leg amputation
  • action violence of varying intensities, some strong
  • submarine explosion with many deaths
  • dead bodies underwater, repeatedly
  • vengeance feeding frenzy, repeatedly
  • animal attack, repeatedly
  • firearms for offensive, repeatedly
  • self injury

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 28 out of 100
  • 18 uses of profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer in private parts, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 56 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • beer as a reward

    Offense to God (O) - 72 out of 100
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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