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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 17min)

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September 11, 2011
September 11, 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.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... physical invasion by arachnidial critters

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Apollo 18 Productions, Bekmambetov Projects, Ltd (NPL)
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company
Director(s): Gonzalez Lopez-Gallego
Producer(s): Timur Bekmambetov, Ron Schmidt, Jonathan Shore, Kathleen Switzer, Shawn Williamson, Michele Wolkoff, Cody Zwieg
Written by: Cory Goodman
Screenplay by: Brian Miller
Cinematography/Camera: José David Montero
Film Editing: Patrick Lussier
Casting: Jenny Jue, Johanna Ray, Maureen Webb
Production Design: Andrew Neskoromny
Art Direction: Tyler Bishop Harron
Viewed at Showbiz Cinema 6

Apollo 17 was the last official flight to the moon by American astronauts because of budget constraints ... so the public was told, or is that just another cover-up or conspiracy? Astronauts Commander Nathan Walker (Lloyd Owen), Captain Benjamin Anderson (Warren Christie) and orbiter pilot John Grey (Ryan Robbins) have been ordered to embark for the moon in the highly secret Apollo 18 moon mission. Does Apollo 18 discover the real reason for the cancellation of the Apollo project? Why is this mission so secret?

Walker, Anderson and Grey are more guinea pigs than astronauts. Why? Because the Department of Defense suspects there is something on the moon that needs closer inspection, or at least confirmation that something is there. Why else would Westinghouse™ use Apollo 18 to put motion detectors on the moon? A recent failed Russian manned flight to the moon has the authorities worried that there is something there, on the moon, that caused the failure of the Russian mission. Walker, Anderson and Grey are want to find out. And find out they do. In a very clever twist, we all are given [cinematic] reason to worry about the 840 pounds of moon rocks that have been brought back to the Earth, most of the 840 pounds given to dignitaries, ambassadors and the like. What is it about those moon rocks? If this story were true, the theory that the moon is a "pinch" slung off the Earth would be all wrong.

If you've seen Alien (1979) or any of its daughter products, it will spoil this film for you a little. I'll stop the Summary/Commentary now to avoid spoiling the film any further.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The landing on the moon is perilous. Explosive startles are used rather often throughout the action portions of the film. The dead Russian cosmonaut is seen as a decimated and drained body. The astronauts are attacked and suffer physical invasion by arachnidial critters - graphically. There is more to the findings of violence in this film. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the violence content.

Violence comes in many forms. It can be physical violence, emotional violence, psychological violence and even sensory or visual violence. This film is relatively heavy in physical and visual violence. No matter the form of violence, God has some serious warnings about embracing violence. One of the warnings is found in Proverb 16:29 where God warns that violence is "catching": that violence can lead one "into the way that is not good." Finally, 2000 years after God published His "findings" in the Bible, man decided to chime in on God's Wisdom and publish his findings about violence. Four professional public health agencies jointly reported that viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence and can cause the viewer to believe violence is an acceptable way to settle conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Some form of profanity is spoken 22 times and the most foul of the foul words is spoken once. [Col. 3:8, Eph 4:29]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
The only content to which this investigation area can apply is the one astronaut's attempt at humor in a soliloquy involving talk of human anatomy. [Eph. 5:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
In "celebration" of the upcoming departure to the moon, the astronauts engage in a backyard cookout involving drinking. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Deuteronomy 5:11 was not on the minds of the writers. Seventeen times God's name is abused, ten of them with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides in the entire 77 minutes of the film.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include: --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior. --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs. --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others. --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    Apollo 18 (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • moon landing peril
  • explosive startle, repeatedly
  • unexplained eerie sounds
  • unexplained physical activity
  • blood smears and splatter in an abandoned lunar landing vehicle
  • decimated and drained body
  • moon exploration peril
  • equipment missing from the moon's surface
  • attack by arachnidial creatures, repeatedly, one exceptionally graphic and ending in fatality as they consume Walker's face in his helmet
  • rescue peril
  • wound gore, repeatedly
  • body invasion with grotesque manifestations, repeatedly
  • crazed assault, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 22 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, including series of lies to cover up deaths of astronauts

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
  • attempt at humor with sexual anatomy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 7 abuses of God's name without the four letter expletive and 10 with it

    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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