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(2004), PG-13 [R-13]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 26, 2004
29 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 [R-13] -- Maybe we should find an orchid that makes Hollywood young again,...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Screen Gems Inc., Middle Fork Productions
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Dwight H. Little
Producer(s): Verna Harrah, Jacobus Rose
1977 Screenplay: Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Story: Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Screenplay: John Claflin, Daniel Zelman, Michael Miner, Edward Neumeier
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: Nerida Tyson-Chew
Film Editing: Marcus D'Arcy
Production Design: Bryce Perrin
Art Direction: Brian Edmonds
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

This is our 900th film analysis!

An orchid in the deepest, darkest jungles of Borneo is the "pharmaceutical equivalent to the fountain of youth", so sayeth Dr. Jack Byron and Gordon Mitchell of Byron & Mitchell Research Limited. Locating and harvesting a crop of the Perenia Immortalis (how cute!) orchid to make billions becomes the obsession of Byron and Mitchell. A rather common and possibly entertaining theme, but ...

This R-13 for your young teens earned a score of 29 which is deeply equivalent to the scores earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. The film contains fifty-nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] plus God's name in vain sixteen times, once with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. And just because a film does not contain nudity and intercourse as do most PG-13 movies do nowadays does not make it fit for youth or anyone else [Phil. 4:8]. This film is exactly what this ministry proved a full four years before Harvard University corroborated our R-13 finding - coarsening of content. And it is the perfect example of the CAP Rule of 1000. No wonder our young teens are becoming so worldly without wisdom. For so long now we have been so deeply drugged by the narcotics of extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible [Ps. 12:8]. Maybe we should find an orchid that makes Hollywood young again, back when they made good movies without all the filth and profanity.

A group of well-funded scientists hunt the African terrain for an orchid that promises to be the pharmaceutical fountain of youth.

The Team:

Dr. Jack Byron (Matthew Marsden) is chief scientist and partner of Byron & Mitchell Research Limited. Byron convinces the money bags of Wexell-Hall to fund an expedition into the bowels of Borneo to find the Perenia Immortalis, or the Blood Orchid which promises to have in its nectar the substance to give the consumer "eternal youth." Byron is obsessed with finding the orchid and lay claim to scientific fame. And billions in riches, of course. Though given a darkly evil part, Marsden is quite probably the best performer of the cast.

Gin Soong, a.k.a., Bill Johnson (Johnny Messner) on his piece of junk boat, Bloody Mary, the only one of several boat captains willing to brave the Borneo jungle rivers during the rainy season, is hired to take the team upriver to the location of the precious orchid.

Chief research assistant to Byron is Samantha Rogers and is maybe the only one of the Byron & Mitchell duet with scruples. Though determined to find the life-elongating orchid, Sam is committed to an obvious level of integrity.

As the "Mitchell" in the Byron & Mitchell Research Limited, Gordon Mitchell (Morris Chestnut) is probably the second best performer, maybe even equal to Marsden. Mitchell is "along for the ride" to ensure his interests in the expedition are kept safe.

The team doctor is Ben Douglas (Nicholas Gonzalez). While always on the make for Sam, Douglas possesses a unique command of cellular structure. How such scientific expertise (let alone any other scientific expertise) could help in a search expedition for a known target is beyond me.

Tran (Karl Yune) is lieutenant to Johnson in the expedition. Tran ends up being the lite "Rambo" for the expedition.

"Company Rep" for the Wexell-Hall corporation is scientist Gail Stern (Salli Richardson). Gail is the most untrusting of the crew, not entirely certain that Johnson can get them into the deepest reaches of the Borneo jungle then back out again. She doesn't even trust Byron.

Providing some comic relief is afraid-of-his-shadow Cole Burris (Eugene Byrd). Cole is the IT expert, GPS operator, UV spectrometer operator and general master of electronic devices. Too bad his expertise does not work in locating and warning of approaching anacondas.

The intrepid octet brave many horrors in their quest for the orchid that blooms only every seven years and only for two weeks.

I will not dignify this film with any more discussion of the plot or story. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is why most folks visit us anyway. But I will tell you of the saturation of the film with drinking. The presentation of alcoholic beverages to youth in and as entertainment has clearly been proven to cause underage abuse of alcohol.

A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol abuse among underage kids. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. Within this population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

• 46% for those with no restrictions
• 16% for those with partial restrictions
• four percent for those with complete restrictions.

Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And influencing children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. The study selected R-rated movies because the study claimed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true The researchers were not aware of the matter of "R-13" proven by not only this ministry but by Harvard University. Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment regardless of the MPAA classification.


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• Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
• Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
• Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
• 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
• Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
• Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
• Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
• Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


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)

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
• death by animal attack, repeatedly, some graphic
• explosive startle, repeatedly
• action violence, from urgent sense to graphic, mostly graphic
• additional animal attacks, repeatedly, some graphic
• animal threats
• gore, some moderately graphic
• dead body gore, half digested
• dead bodies stripped to skeletons/skulls, repeatedly
• human body protruding from split snake
• attempted murder by forcing incapacitation with spider bite
• human consumption by animal with death
• gunfire injury
• assault with injury
• firearm threats, repeatedly, some to the face
• beating

Impudence/Hate (I)
• 59 uses of the three/foul letter word vocabulary
• massive tattoos
• obsession
• lie

Sexual Immorality (S)
• brief rear male nudity
• "Get a room"
• sexual innuendo, repeatedly
• rude gaze with impolite comments
• attempts to gain sexual performance
• camera angle to force the viewer on private parts, repeatedly

Drugs/Alcohol (D);
• bar
• smoking
• drunkenness

Offense to God (O)
• 16 uses of God's name in vain, 15 without the four letter expletive and once with
• greed driving performance, repeatedly
• greed causing death

Murder/Suicide (M)
• none noted



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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