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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Entrapment (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 58, CAP ID: 0.75

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"Entrapment" -- a quality movie with a quality cast but with too much "spirit." An insurance agent playing both sides meets up with the "master" thief and together they pull off a multi-million dollar theft and a multi-billion dollar theft. And, of course, both thieves suffer no legal or moral consequences for their crimes. "007" hi-tech gadgetry and super-human feats made "Entrapment" a great show, but as usual it was peppered with influential ignominy which ruined most of the movie-going joy. "Entrapment" is another example of how a high-budget movie with quality performances tends to mask the corruptive material: sometimes it seems as if the corruptive material is not there. But it is! All those little bits and pieces of violence, sex, hate, lust, vulgarity, etc. add up. They embed themselves (sometimes invisibly) into your repository of behavior templates, especially for those who do net yet have much real-life experience. All the little bits and pieces of ignominy buried at various depths in your behavior mechanics may emerge at any moment when conditions are similar to the conditions in which the example was given. They are just like the little straight pins that come in new shirts -- the ones that get lost in the living room couch. They may surface -- painfully -- if your posterior pushes on them in just the right way (rather, the wrong way?).

"Entrapment" was not a gorey movie, but violence was there. It was "high class" violence: jumping off a skyscraper, guns and gunfire, holding a woman underwater to coerce her, and abduction. Many of the points lost in Wanton Violence/Crime were due to crime: theft, breaking and entering, elaborate planning of theft, blackmail to force compliance, and so on. Nor was the movie a vulgar movie, but sex was unmistakably present: repeated picture nudity, long sequence of partial nudity, bedroom antics, sensual movements in skin-tight pants, and more. Note that while God's name in vain was present without the four letter expletive, not once noted was the use of His name in vain WITH the four letter expletive. There were, however, a great number of examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary.

Of particular importance, this was a movie set at the end of the calendar year -- Christmas time. And, while few movies about Christmas or which include Christmas time even mention Jesus -- the Reason for the Season -- lo and behold this movie presented "Tidings" in the background: "Jesus Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day. To save us all......." A nice touch.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Entrapment (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • jump off of a skyscraper
  • theft
  • guns, and gunfire in attempt to kill
  • planning crime
  • threats with a knife at the throat
  • knife attack
  • blackmail to force compliance
  • threatening to drown by holding the victim underwater
  • violent attack
  • aiding escape from law

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • reckless driving
  • crime with no legal or moral consequences

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • picture nudity, repeated
  • adult underwear
  • suggestive eye movement
  • long sequence of partial nudity (covered in sheets only)
  • sensual movements in skin-tight pants
  • suggestion of homosexuality
  • attempted seduction
  • talk of seduction
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 7 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28) presented often
  • mockery of God

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    (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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

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

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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