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(2006), PG ["Hard" 13-PG*] (1hr 36min)

CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 15, 2006
59 out of 100

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(2006), PG ["Hard" 13-PG*] -- ... even if magic is used to do good ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Stefen Fangmeier
Producer(s): Roger Barton, Kevin Richard Buxbaum, John Davis, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Adam Goodman, Adam Goodman, Kevin Halloran, Chris Symes
Screenplay: Peter Buchman
Novel: Christopher Paolini
Cinematography/Camera: Hugh Johnson
Music: Patrick Doyle
Film Editing: Roger Barton
Casting: Priscilla John, Mindy Marin
Production Design: Wolf Kroeger
Art Direction: Michael Diner, Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson, Stuart Kearns, Stuart Rose
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In this mix of Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons, Lord of the Rings  and mainly Star Wars, 17 year old orphaned Eragon (Edward Speleers) does battle with the evil "Emperor" King Galbatorix (John Malkovich) and his demon hordes in this predictable generic fantasy flick.

On a hunting trip (to "Mos Eisley?"), Eragon uncovers a strange blue stone that belongs to the king. The king would kill for this stone and the local population know that. They urge Eragon to keep it hidden ("in R2D2").

After pondering life's questions during a "moisture farm" sunset, Eragon discovers the stone is not a stone at all but is an egg. A dragon's egg. After some cracks and pokes a darling little dragon pops out. No, it is not yet a fire-breathing dragon as Hagrid discovered of his newborn Ridgeback dragon Norbert in Harry Potter. According to local "wizard", mentor and confidant "Obi" Brom (Jeremy Irons), even after the dragon grew to full size, she is not old enough to sustain a flame.

Unbeknownst to Eragon, this dragon who calls herself Saphira (voice of Rachel Weisz) revealed that "the Force is strong" in Eragon and he is to be another "Jedi" dragon rider. Hers. Long, long ago in a region far, far away, King Galbatorix exterminated the population of dragon riders to sweep away the "Jedi" dragon riders ... all except one. Brom. A curious note is that a dragon can be killed without killing its rider but if a rider is killed the dragon dies, too. Brom is a dragon rider no longer with a dragon. "General" Brom may be without a dragon but is still strong with "the Force" and teaches Eragon many things.

With the threat of Eragon being the "return of the Jedi" dragon riders, "Emperor" Galbatorix dispatches evil "Vader" Durza (Robert Carlyle) to crush the rebellion before it starts. The melee starts with Durza's stormdemons killing Eragon's uncle (no aunt). With nothing for him there (on "Tatooine") since his brother had already "transmitted his application to the Academy" and left, Eragon pledges to follow the ways of his "Jedi Master" Brom and learn to become a "Jedi", er, dragon rider himself. Together, gee-whiz kid Eragon and wise sage "Obi" Brom "Kenobi" embark on locating the secret base of King Galbatorix.

Eragon  earned a final score of 59 out of 100 which places it deeply into the range of scores earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database (55 to 67 out of 100), thus its 13-PG designator. With an investigation area score of zero in each of Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O), Eragon  is clearly equivalent to some R-rated movies in those areas. However, with not one single use of profanity, no drugs/alcohol whatsoever and nothing sexually immoral except the showing of below navel skin threatening to expose that which follows, the Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S) and Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation areas earned scores equivalent to G-rated programming in the comparative baseline database. With a number of murders, Eragon  earned a Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area score of 72, making it equivalent to most PG films in that area.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Eragon  is a very violent movie with many killings. Additional matters of violence such as abduction by unholy power, an arrow to the forehead, sacrificial spear impalement and battle sequences evaporated all the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33]

Impudence/Hate (I)
While there were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted through the entire 96 minutes of this film, an instance of refusal to leave a residence when told to, enslavement and a comment "Without her you'll find life is hardly worth living" dissolved a few of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Prov. 6:16 - 17]

Sexual Immorality (S)
The only matter of sexually immoral behavior was the wearing of clothing, once, to expose below navel skin to the point of threatening to expose that which follows. If Speleers had pulled his pants up in that one scene Eragon  would have earned the highest score possible of 100 out of 100 in this investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There were no uses of alcohol or tobacco noted or even referred to.

Offense to God (O)
Many instances of evil and portrayal of the use of unholy powers to do harm or to control were noted. In some cases the unholy powers were used to do good thus calling evil good which is in direct violation of Is. 5:20. The use of or the user of the power does not determine its unholiness. Its source does. For example, did Jesus sin when He used magic (a.k.a. holy power) to heal the sick or raise the dead? Recall when Satan tempted Jesus to jump from the Temple pinnacle [Luke 4:9 - 11]. Would the angels who would have lifted Him up from being dashed on the racks below sinned as they lifted up Jesus? Of course not. These forms of magic are from God and are holy power. But if the power, such as the "magic" used in films such as Eragon, Lord of the Rings, etc., is not from God it is from Satan and is not holy. Ergo, even if magic is used to do good, if it is not from God it is using evil. [Rev. 22:14-15]

Murder/Suicide (M)
Aside from all the killings, Eragon  presents four murders, two by arrow, once by unholy power and once by assault. [Gal. 5:21]


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 6:16 - 17 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, ... ["A prod look", "haughty eyes" in the NIV, is impudence/arrogance.]
  • Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • Luke 4:9 - 11 And he [Satan] brought him [Jesus] to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs [dogs {animals} and metaphorically, a man of impure mind, an impudent man], and [unforgiven] sorcerers [pharmakos: pertaining to the magical arts; those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], ...
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [who are unforgiven] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [sunedrion: adjudication]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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, 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Eragpon (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • fantasy battle/warfare violence, repeatedly
  • violent abduction
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • threat/orders to kill, repeatedly
  • trespassing
  • murder victim
  • beating, heard but not seen
  • plundering
  • defensive killing, numerous, some graphic
  • sacrificial impalement, graphic
  • arrow to forehead, graphic
  • death due to fighting injuries
  • graphic defensive killing by blade
  • bodies strewn about

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • refusal to leave private residence when told to do so
  • enslavement
  • "Without her you'll find life is hardly worth living"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • unholy powers to start fires
  • unholy powers to abduct
  • unholy power to conjure demon soldiers to do evil biddings
  • unholy manifestations, some for defense, repeatedly
  • palmistry
  • unholy beasts and creatures throughout
  • unholy powers to appear and vanish
  • several additional uses of magic not from God
  • calling another "Fool" [Matt. 5:22]
  • unholy healing and attempted healing
  • unholy powers to change stone into jewels

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by arrow, two
  • murder by unholy power
  • murder by assault

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    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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