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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Line Cinema, Firm Films, Rat Entertainment
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Brett Ratner
Producer(s): Kent Alterman, Beau Flynn, James M. Freitag, Keith Goldberg, Patrick J. Palmer, Chris Pollack, Jay Stern, Tripp Vinson
Story: Paul Zbyszewski
Screenplay: Paul Zbyszewski, Craig Rosenberg
Cinematography/Camera: Dante Spinotti, Peter Zuccarini
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Film Editing: Mark Helfrich
Casting: Robyn Owen, Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Geoffrey Kirkland
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
This film could not have been more "R" if the MPAA rated it R. After the Sunset earned a score of 29 with an influence density of 1.74. The scoring range earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database is 54 and below out of 100. The range of influence density figures earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database is 0.89 to 2.04 (see CAP Methodology. After the Sunset is also a perfect example of the CAP Rule of 1000), using many "lesser" examples of assault on morality to achieve the same "high" than fewer more bold examples typically associated with more severely rated films. As I have been saying for years, we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. After the Sunset is also a perfect example of the finding of Harvard University which we proved a full four years before them (see Harvard Agrees With Us). I wonder if ever anyone will see the incredible power of the CAP Analysis Model and fully fund us.
In After the Sunset, retired diamond thief, Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) was living with his accomplice in crime and cohabitation partner, Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) in the lap of Caribbean luxury after successfully stealing two of the three Napoleon diamonds, called Napoleon diamonds since the are reportedly from Napoleon's sword.
Max basks in the the near equatorial sun quietly and content ... until he is told that the third Napoleon diamond was aboard the Seven Seas Navigator luxury cruise ship on its Diamond Cruise anchored within a underwater swim's distance from his Atlantis Paradise Island residence.
Max was told about the third Napoleon diamond by the quintessential toy of Max's world-class thieving talents, FBI Agent Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson). Stan had a vendetta for Max because Max made a puppet of Stan in Stan's attempt to guard transport of the second Napoleon diamond. Max used a joystick to steal the diamond. Stan was in the "pixel card" controlled by Max's joystick. It didn't matter that Stan had more protection than the President. Because Stan sported a seething resentment of Max, it is odd that the pair developed a spooning relationship. Maybe it is not all FBI that is coursing through Stan's veins. Indeed, Stan's presence in the Caribbean was not even sanctioned by the FBI. He was there on his own.
Word travels fast and far when one is famous. Henri Mooré (Don Cheadle), actually Henry Moore who put the little thingee above the "e" in Mooré just to give it the "Moor-ray" sound to better fit the local demograhy, also got wind of the third Napoleon diamond on the boat in the bay. Henry also knew Max, the world's greatest diamond thief, was lounging on the island. What an opportunity for the visionary opportunist! The world best diamond thief in a waterfront abode on the same shoreline as the world's most valuable diamond.
If this all sounds like the standard formula for any wannabe espionage high-dollar heist movie, it is. That is all it is. But with "007" as a criminal instead of a crime fighter.
The Findings/Scoring section presents a rather long list of observations for your consideration. I'll summarize it for you here.
The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found enough issues of violence and crime to evaporate all of its starting 100 points: gunfire to kill; firearm threats; robbery; breaking and entering; reckless gunfire; knife impalement; gunfire killing; more. [Ps. 7:16, Prov. 13:2, Hab. 2:9]
The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area also found enough assaults on morality and ethics to lose all of its starting 100 points: many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one use of the most foul of the foul words [Lev. 26:19, Col. 3:8]; equating theft with fun and encouraging theft; lies; "withholding a little truth" and "fibbing" is not lying [Rev. 21:8]; more.
Sexual Immorality (S) found much challenge of the "R" threshold. Examples included: extensive dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure; a man and a woman in bed, one or both nude, making out more than once; side female nudity and thong nudity;offers of sexual favor; a female grabbing the privates of a male; a woman stripping before a man; cohabitation; more. [Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5, 1Cor. 7:2] All for your 13 year olds ... IF you let them [Luke 17:2].
Drugs/Alcohol (D) revealed enough drinking, drunkenness and smoking of cigarettes and dope plus the use of drugs to control to erase all but one of its starting 100 points. [Eph. 5:18]
The Offense to God (O) investigation area found some perverse philosophy in "The only way to rid yourself of temptation is to yield to it" [Col. 2:8] and some uses of God's name in vain but all without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
The Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area found no murders or suicides. A gunfire death, tough among criminals, was a defensive killing so it was incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime scoring.
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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.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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