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Collateral Damage (2002), R
Analysis Date: February 9, 2002
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 1.40
COLLATERAL DAMAGE (R) -- Brewer's wife and son were collateral damage.
Distributed by: Warner Brothers
Director(s): Andrew Davis
Producer(s): David Foster, Peter MacGregor-Scott, Steven Reuther
Written by/Screenplay: David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths
Cinematography/Camera: Adam Greenberg
Music: Graeme Revell
Firefighter Captain Gordon Brewer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a loving father and husband who relishes each moment with his family, cares deeply for them, unselfishly supports them and is proven as one on whom anyone could count. From my 12 years of training firefighters in handling radiation accident patients, that is a typical picture of a firefighter. We've all recently seen the mettle of firefighters and the emergency worker. Note that this movie may conjure some eerie and unsettling emotions since it is about a firefighter battling the deeds of terrorists and a skyscraper is destroyed.
Captain Brewer is late for a meeting with his wife and son for a doctor's appointment. He is to take his son to the doctor while his wife reports to her job as a nurse. Parking in a no-parking zone, Brewer asks the friendly three-wheel motorcycle cop who just backed his trike up to the curb (pointing toward the building behind it) if he could leave his car there for just a few moments while he goes in to get his son. The cop (who is not a cop after all) agrees, of course, to let Brewer park there for a few minutes. Little does anyone know the plans of the pretend cop. Without revealing the plans, Brewer's wife and son are killed by the pretend cop's plans.
It is deduced the act of multiple murder was an act of terrorism to fight the involvement of the US in Colombian drug trafficking. US relations with Colombia would not likely survive an incident so the US government opts to not conduct any investigation against Colombia. After weeks of no progress in finding the bad guys responsible for the death of his family, Brewer launches his own investigation and scurries to Colombia. By the way, "collateral damage" in this movie are the non-targeted lives lost as the target is killed. In this movie, Brewer's wife and son were collateral damage.
The rest of the formula is much the same as any other movie of this genre and I will not belabor it with a somewhat detailed accounting of it. But know that there is a lot of "R" in this R-rated program (but that didn't stop a bunch of parents bringing their young kids with them). Most of the R-rated programming is -- care to guess? Violence, murder and language. I will leave the itemization of the findings of ignominy to the Findings/Scoring section and will let the "Food for Thought" Scriptures suffice in this case.
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*******Food for Thought*******
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy 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 from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"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 nearly seven 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.|