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(2003), R
Analysis Date: March 28, 2003
CAP Score: 2 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 4.34

MinMax: -14

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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.

(2003), R -- is another John T(R)avolta picture.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Phoenix Pictures
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): John McTiernan
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Bradley J. Fischer, Andrew D. Given, Basil Iwanyk, Jonathan D. Krane, Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer, Arnold Messer, Lee Nelson, Louis Phillips, Nigel Sinclair, Dror Soref, Michael Tadross, James Vanderbilt
Written by/Screenplay: James Vanderbilt
Cinematography/Camera: Steve Mason
Music: Klaus Badelt, Ramin Djawadi
Film Editing: George Folsey Jr.
Casting: Pat McCorkle
Production Design: Dennis Bradford
Art Direction: Gary Kosko
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas

Basic is a film of military justice battling drug corruption with John Travolta as a take-chances, devious ex-Ranger Tom Hardy, now a supposedly disgraced DEA super-sleuth, and Connie Nielsen as by-the-book Army Lt. Julia Osborne investigating murder among the ranks. Samuel L. Jackson as Sgt. Nathan West is a victim in this twist of logic. Apparently. For Hardy, rules are only signals to an honest man. For Osborne, the regulations and codes define existence ... until she gets a belly full of Hardy anyway. *Basic* is another John T(R)avolta picture.

Hardy and Osborne build a case based on the testimonies of two surviving witnesses of a drug battle with law and righteousness. They find pieces and parts to the puzzle from both gay soldier Levi Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi) and staunch G-man soldier Raymond Dunbar (Brian Van Holt). Each has his own version of what happened. Kendall is particularly abrasive and arrogant, saying much but telling nothing, while Dunbar is closed-mouthed about it and would talk only to a fellow Ranger. That is the reason for Hardy. Hardy and Osborne investigate the inexplicable disappearance of several US Army Rangers in the Panama Canal Zone.

As a case builds, another piece to the puzzle if discovered that simply will not fit. But as more pieces are found, the ill-fitting pieces find buffers in the new pieces and the picture becomes more and more clear: that the fingers of crime and corruption do not stop with the Sargent. They reach as far as the base commander, Col. Bill Styles (Tim Daly) and head doctor of the base hospital, Pete Vilmer (Harry Connick Jr.).

On a particularly nasty "routine" training maneuver during a hurricane in a triple canopy jungle, several Army Rangers are not to be found. Kendall and Dunbar have quite different versions of how Sgt. West vanished with fellow Ranger trainees, Nunez (Roselyn Sanchez), Castro (Christian de la Fuente), Mueller (Dash Mihok), and Pike (Taye Diggs). This movie has so many twists in logic, it would be fruitless to try to describe them herein. I leave it to you to discover the dry and aggravating flow of this R-rated episode in the life of John Travolta should you decide the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section does not warrant staying away.

Of the exactly 100 uses of foul language, 49% are the most foul of the foul words [ Col. 3:8]. God's name in vain is used 22 times, nine with the four letter word vocabulary [Deut. 5:11]. Illegal drug operations and dealing, drinking and drunkenness with smoking and bars give justification to American College of Physician's (ACPs) report [**, 1Cor. 6:9-10, Eph. 5:18]. And, yes, there were kids there of the age group used in the APC study. That* is one of the main reasons I conduct analysis of R-rated movies. If only one parent were to stop their underage child from seeing an R film because of knowing what is in it through this ministry, it will have been worth it. And by the reports I get from many parents, it has "been worth it" many times over. *Basic* earned a final score of two out of 100. Do you really need to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section?


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.] ** A recent study by the American College of Physician's (ACPs) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. 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. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment.
  • 1Cor. 6:9 -10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["" can be any intoxicating substance.]

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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] 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.


    Basic (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • dead boy
  • gore
  • brutality
  • mutilated bodies, repeatedly
  • assault
  • admission of killing
  • planning murder
  • graphic gunfire injuries, repeatedly
  • firearm threats, repeatedly, some to the face
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • military corruption
  • defensive killings

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 49 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, repeatedly
  • "bad daddy" blame
  • promotion of hate crime
  • thread of hate
  • want of death, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • crude and vulgar anatomical references
  • man in towel only
  • self touching
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk, some vulgar
  • homosexual presence
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • upper female nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • possession of illegal drugs
  • illegal drug dealing
  • bars
  • booze, repeatedly
  • "Gonna go home and get drunk"
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • nine uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 13 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murders, graphic, repeatedly. at least twelve
  • poisoning murder with gore

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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