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(2003), R
Analysis Date: March 8, 2003
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 3.96

MinMax: -90

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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 -- ...more than 90 times per hour.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Silver Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Andrzej Bartkowiak
Producer(s): Ray Copeland, Herb Gains, Melina Kevorkian, Susan Levin, Richard Mirisch, Joel Silver, Gilbert S. Williams
Written by/Screenplay: John O'Brien (story). John O'Brien and Channing Gibson (screenplay).
Cinematography/Camera: Daryn Okada
Music: Damon 'Grease' Blackman, John Frizzell, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams
Film Editing: Derek Brechin
Casting: Mary Gail Artz, Barbara Cohen
Production Design: David F. Klassen
Art Direction: Richard F. Mays
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas

I do not have a lot of time to spend on the Summary/Commentary this time, but I will tell you it is a story of wealth built on crime. [Hab. 2:12, Ps. 62:10].

Tony Fait (DMX) and gang perform a robbery to obtain prized diamonds ... black diamonds. Only they are not black diamonds but are special process pellets for a supermega mass destruction weapon. The pellets are from scientists in Taiwan and a boy named Su (Jet Li) from Taiwan is after the boy named Fait to recover the pellets. Fait and Su become pals as they both seek the "diamonds", Su to get them back and Fait to save his daughter.

Foul language is rampant in *Cradle 2 the Grave*. Seventy nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. One hundred thirty five of the most foul of the foul words. God's name in vain with the four letter expletive six times and once without. Together, more than 90 times per hour. Matters of violence from lite to extreme happen at 40 per hour.

The scoring for both Wanton Violence/Crime [Prov. 3:31-32] and Impudence/Hate are off scale - zero. Actually, Impudence/Hate was about 776 points below zero but for the purpose of this model, displaying scores less than zero is needless and would be confusing. Our recording logs have a capacity of 60 individual examples of assault on morality/decency in each of the six Investigation Areas. Since there were more than 60 individual examples of ignominy in each of Wanton Violence/Crime and Impudence/Hate, I had to modify the equations in those Investigation Areas to accommodate the overflow. Doing so introduces opportunity for human counting errors, but triple counting of the entries on the recording logs with the same numbers each time assures accuracy.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all the findings made.


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  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city [a place guarded entity, even a criminal organization] with bloodshed and establishes a town [a collective such as a city, mob, gang or organization] by crime! [The 'city' or 'town' could even be wealth.]
  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.

    ***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."]
  • 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.


    Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • Breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • beatings, repeatedly, some graphic, some with gore
  • theft
  • robbery
  • subway action violence
  • flight to avoid lawful capture
  • image of murder victims, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • graphic and brutal fighting, repeatedly
  • kidnapping
  • extortion with a child
  • child abuse, repeatedly
  • police corruption
  • threat to kill
  • bribery
  • betting on outcome of a fight
  • reckless driving with property damage, repeatedly
  • bloody mutilation
  • arms dealing
  • planning to kill
  • gunfire killings, repeatedly
  • long sequence of automatic gunfire to kill
  • long fighting sequences, repeatedly
  • gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 79 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 135 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • vulgarities in song
  • lies
  • foul language before a child

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • homosexual suggestions/talk, repeatedly
  • vulgar talk
  • suggestive eye movements
  • dancing to entice
  • adult in underwear
  • vulgar dancing
  • inappropriate touch
  • nudity
  • woman unfastening man's pants
  • self touching to entice
  • sex talk
  • crotch hit

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by brain impalement

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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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