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(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] (88.8min)

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December 4, 2011
December 5, 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 [PG-13*] ... Gasoline is $37.50 per gallon.

Production (US): "The Strike" Productions, Harmon Kaslow & John Aglialoro Productions
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Paul Johansson
Producer(s): Harmon Kaslow, John Aglialoro, Mike Marvin, Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, Ed Snider, Bruce Wayne Gillies
Screenplay by: Brian Patrtick O'Toole, John Aglialoro
Based on the novel by Ayn Rand
Cinematography/Camera: Ross Berryman
Music: Ella Cmiral
Film Editing: Jim Flynn, Serril Schlesinger
Casting: Ronnie Yeskel, Sharon Field
Production Design: John Mott
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

For everbody's information, this is our 151th analysis for 2011! We conquered the 150 barrier for 2011.

Corporate and governmental treachery, corruption, underhandedness and trickery. That would be a good tag line for this film of transportation, particularly railroads.

It is the year 2016. Due to oil shortages, rail transportation has become the only affordable means of transportation for freight and passengers. Gasoline is $37.50 per gallon. The stock market dropped 4000 points. The government has become deeply involved in corporate affairs. Violence, crime and sabotage have skyrocketed. High-powered business men are disappearing.

Railway magnates James (Matthew Marsden) and Dagny (Taylor Schilling) Taggart, brother and sister owners of the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad, fight other railway magnates, the government and each other to save their father's rail company.

Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), who owns the steel company that supplies most railroads, has invented a new caliber of metal, the Rearden Metal, which is purported to be half as heavy as steel and 10 times as strong. Rearden is professionally chastised about his new metal since it would invade the comfort zones of the rail companies, the government and scientific community. But through some corporate manipulations, Dagny and Henry join forces to showcase the Rearden Metal by using it to rebuild a 100-year old rail line and a bridge along the line.

There is not much more to say about this trip through corporate shenanigans except that it feels strangely like an interesting movie. But even more "strange" is the MPAA rated this film PG-13 only because of "some sexuality" (which, interpreted, means intercourse when speaking to PG-13s), saying nothing about the language or the heavy alcohol content.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 is rated PG-13 and earned a PG-13 equivalent final score under the CAP Analysis Model but earned R-equivalent content investigation area scores in language and other matters of impudence and in alcoholic content.


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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 81 out of 100
The only issues of violence and/or crime found were two still photos of massive wreckage, scenes of civil destruction and political/governmental corruption for monetary gain throughout. [Hab. 2:9]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 40 out of 100
Ten times someone utters some form of profanity [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29]. Social rudeness, planning corruption with dishonesty, lying to claim credit for the work of another [Rev. 21:8], verbal intimidation and a threat to kill are in addition to the profanity.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 66 out of 100
The film earned a PG-13 equivalent score in this content investigation area due largely to two episodes of "sanitized" intercourse plus a few of the peripheral activities associated with intercourse but with no gender-specific nudity. The only other matter of sexually immoral behavior and/or imagery was the appearance of a prostitute. [1 Thess. 4:3, Prov. 6:26 - 26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
This film is "drunk" with alcoholic beverages and drinking of them. And it is rated PG-13. A very dangerous combination, so sayeth the American College of Physicians.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. 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% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - 81 out of 100
    This content investigation area could not find a single abuse of God's name, not even in the teen-popular three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it. Nor could it find any portrayals of or references to witchcraft, sorcery, divination, necromancy or any other such practice. All of the points lost by content found by this investigation area are regarding adultery. Hank and Dagny participate in adultery in more than one way. Besides being a violation of one of the Ten Commandments [Exod. 20:14], adultery is in violation of a large number of other verses such as Hebrews. 13:4, Proverb 30:20 and Matthew 5:28.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were found.



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  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • 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 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [The "whoremonger" (the sexually immoral) may be summed up as the one who chooses to freely participate in any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • Prov. 6:25 - 26 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
  • 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.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
  • Exod. 20:14 You shall not commit adultery.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not. When we each stand before the Throne, there will be no denying the Truth.]
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, 'I have done no wickedness.'
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    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.)

    ATLAS SHRUGGED, Part 1 (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 81 out of 100
  • still photos of massive wreckage and scenes of civil destruction
  • political and governmental corruption throughout

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 40 out of 100
  • ten uses of profanity
  • social rudeness
  • planning corruption, dishonesty
  • lying, claiming credit for the work of another
  • verbal intimidation
  • threat to kill

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 66 out of 100
  • prostitute
  • women as toys/ornaments
  • intercourse without nudity, twice
  • nude male getting dressed after intercourse
  • man and woman in bed making out nude (gender-specific nudity unseen) in adultery
  • adulterous snuggling nude

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • booze, frequent
  • drinking, frequent
  • smoking, twice
  • "Fix me a drink?"
  • bar, repeatedly
  • celebrating with booze

    Offense to God (O) - 81 out of 100
  • suggestion of adultery
  • adulterous talk
  • adulterous kiss
  • adulterous contact, multiple

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

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