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The Beach (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 15
CAP Influence Density: 3.55
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*The Beach* (R) -- an uncomfortable movie indeed.

Leonard DiCpario [*Titanic* (1997), *The Basketball Diaries* (1995)] played Richard, a malcontent kid looking for more out of life -- and nearly lost it at The Beach, a secluded gathering of individuals in a remote island off Thailand.

There is what might be unprecedented darkness in this movie about what I believe the secular scientific community claims to be buried deep in our make-up: that we would quickly and with little remorse, if any, sacrifice the lives of others for our own well-being and security. In this movie, shark attack survivors in a remote location were denied professional medical help to protect the anonymity of the secret colony, at least in the opinion of the batty leader -- one victim died as the result of the denial of medical help. Also, another dying shark attack victim was relocated to the wilderness to avoid having to listen to his screams, then was murdered to end the burden on the living. And the moulaging of the shark bites was most realistic, which may be quite traumatic for some. They were so realistic that if I were to have happened on the movie set during the shooting of that segment I would probably have grabbed my trauma kit and started patient assessment.

The movie *Titanic* (1997) portrayed mass mayhem and madness in the last moments of the disaster. Likewise, *The Beach* portrayed the same screaming wildness when the commune leader, while amidst the entire colony, was aiming a gun at Richard (DiCaprio) to kill him for his part in causing the location of the secret society to be revealed. While some folks may react that way to such urgencies and while some 'copycat' wildness may manifest in others, personal study of the written accountings of every surviving passenger and crew member of the Titanic revealed quite the contrary: that indeed camaraderie and self-sacrifice were the rule. And in a professional study for a White Paper on natural disasters requiring mass evacuations of large populations, I found that the wild flight and mass looting portrayed in movies NOT to be the rule but rather the exception.

The reason I bring up these studies is that movies seem to always portray screaming lunacy and ultra-selfishness during drastic events involving groups of people while studies of real disastrous events suggest quite the opposite. I bring up these studies also as foundation to suggest that impressionable folks who see the lunatic and criminal mayhem during disastrous events in movies may come to believe that such is what is expected of them. Screaming lunacy and wild mayhem during real disasters can lead to real death.

*The Beach* had the new age sex, too: respect for sex was not even a distant memory. The commune leader wanted a replay (after a nap) from her new bed buddy with as much reverence for the God-given beauty of marital sex as for taking another sip of flat soda. Intercourse was as boldly displayed as the shark bites. Likewise were other issues of nudity and mutual stripping. Illegal drug operations and use, drinking and smoking were present. Ritual tattooing by burning of flesh gave justification to God's Word [Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.]

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.


NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • blood splatter in a room
  • amateur dental extraction
  • violent display of anger with machete in hand
  • denial of medical help for mortal injuries
  • relocating shark attack victim into the wilderness to avoid listening to his screams
  • hitting
  • warfare style gunfire
  • insane behavior
  • blood splatter on a face
  • bizarre imagery suggesting drug intoxication or insanity
  • aiming a firearm at a human
  • attack of a woman
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • graphic injury by blow to the head
  • mayhem madness
  • Russian roulette attempted murder
  • insane firearm threat
  • snitching in hope of it causing death/murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 48 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 30 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • yielding to a dare
  • bizarre behavior
  • violent display at loss of key
  • lies to protect self interests
  • talk of sex as if it were a beverage
  • arrogant childish displays of anger
  • talk of sex as if a beverage
  • lies as if hiccups
  • eating of a bug
  • vulgar t-shirt
  • "If you want to say, you have to kill one of you

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • man in public wearing only a towel
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • revealing wear
  • sounds of intercourse
  • vulgar reference to human anatomy
  • female upper nudity
  • inappropriate touch
  • mutual stripping
  • vulgar grabbing of male anatomy
  • full intercourse with nudity
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • drug intoxication
  • illegal drug operations
  • illegal drug use
  • dealing
  • smoking
  • expressing joy at finding marijuana growing field

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 5 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 11 without
  • double cornutto (the satanic salute)
  • ritual tattooing by burning of flesh

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic murder of man in hotel room
  • four graphic murders by gunfire
  • murder of a dying man to end the burden on the living

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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