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(2002), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 8, 2005
36 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2002), PG-13 [R-13*] -- No Comment.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dimension Films
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Jaume Balagueró
Producer(s): Carlos Fernández, Julio Fernández, Teresa Gefaell, Guy J. Louthan, Antonia Nava, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Brian Yuzna, Brian Yuzna
Written by: Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe, Miguel Tejada-Flores
Cinematography/Camera: Xavi Giménez
Music: Carles Cases
Film Editing: Luis De La Madrid
Casting: Elena Arnao
Production Design: Llorenç Miquel
Viewed At: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, Burleson, Texas

I am sorry but I cannot remember this film at all and cannot give you a summary in commentary format. It has been so long since I viewed it. Financial troubles due to lack of donations made it impossible to get to this analysis and posting of it sooner. Fortunately, the listing in the Findings/Scoring section does not rely on my memory of the film. At least this will be useful to they who wait for a film to reach video. And, since it is another R-13, it will be a useful datapoint in our on-going R-13 study.

By the findings, this film lost most points due to teen arrogance toward her mother, her violence toward her mother, usurping her father's authority [Exod. 20:12, Col. 3:20, Isa. 30:1], some language and many unholy manifestations and presences [1 Thess. 5:22].


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  • Exod. 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
  • Isa. 30:1 (NIV) "Woe to the obstinate children," declares the LORD, to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

    ***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 and present it 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, excuse it, submit to 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.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Darkness (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • child tale of bondage
  • many flashes of violence with children, repeatedly
  • child drawing of violence
  • bloody injury
  • tale of blade mutilation of children
  • teen bound by adult
  • man's assault of wife, repeatedly
  • teen pair kidnapping her brother
  • assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, five times by a teen
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • teen arrogance toward mother, repeatedly, some very animated, some violent
  • adult tantrum, twice
  • teen girl pushing her father away from her brother with "What's wrong with your" screamed at her father
  • teen usurping parents, thinking she is wiser than they, repeatedly
  • teen arrogance against politeness
  • teen girl calling her mother a liar

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • teen in sleepwear
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts - teen, repeatedly
  • teen dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • teen male kneeling in swimwear inches from the face of a teen girl
  • teen girl bathing in tub, multiple views
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch - teen

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • prescription drug abuse
  • forced drugging

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • calling evil good
  • unholy presences, repeatedly, visual and audible
  • flashes of evil, repeatedly
  • children appearing out of nowhere, repeatedly
  • earthshaking as unholy manifestation
  • imp demons

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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