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Exit Wounds (2001), (R)
CAP Score: 20
CAP Influence Density: 3.95

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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.

EXIT WOUNDS (R) -- feel free to leave your brain in your car.

Detective Orin Boyd's (Steven Segal) take-no-prisoners approach to inner city terrorism is viewed with distaste by the powers that be.

At the beginning of the movie, Boyd single-handedly rescues the Vice President from a well-equipped, well-organized army of bad guys by unloading just about every magazine and clip of ammunition and every form of ordnance and artillery available to the Detroit PD on the bad guys and by throwing the VP into the Detroit River. A *very* high body count results but the VP is saved. At best estimate, the body count was 19 and blood looked to be several gallons. But that is not by any means all the bodies generated in this ultra-violent flick. By the way, your brain will not be necessary. If you chose to watch this exercise in killing, feel free to leave your brain in your car.

For some inexplicable reason, Boyd finds himself transferred to the lower of lower precincts of Detroit: Precinct 15. There he encounters some of cops who put the "red" in redneck. And he encounters some who seem to be okay -- for now anyway. As punitive and self-developmental measures, his new lady commander (Jill Hennessy) assigns Boyd to a self-help anger management therapy group and proceeds to show the rest of the group how to destroy a public classroom style chair just because it wouldn't let go of him. And Boyd not only disarms some heavily-armed would-be car thieves trying to steal his truck, he disables them all as well. One of the critters in the anger management group is Henry Wayne (Tom Arnold) who idolizes Boyd for his bravado with the would-be car thieves. Wayne ends up being Boyd's "partner." Wayne is also a TV smut - er - talk show host who spends the final minutes of the show as the credits roll talking about masturbation and sexually vulgar matters clearly gratuitous to the plot.

Soon Boyd figures there is corruption in the department. And the plot begins to start having a little intelligence to it. The viewer will likely try to guess which of the Detroit PDs finest are in on the take -- from the Properties Room, that is. And guess who is at the head of the "organization?" [Hab. 2:12]. All I will spoil is that s/he was in the locker room with Boyd. Which brings up one of the issues of unacceptable behavior - a woman (the Pct. 15 commander) in the PD men's locker room (but it isn't her). Fifty kilograms of heroin turn up missing from the Properties Room [Hab. 2:9]. I think it was heroin. It was illegal drugs no matter which one. Illegal drugs that turn up in *in* T-shirts. Imagine that! T-shirts impregnated with drugs as a transport agent.

A couple of the "bad guys" are Latrell Walker (DMX) and Walker's right-hand man, TK (Anthony Anderson). But lo and behold, neither is really a bad guy (by man's standards anyway). And DMX may very well be one of the top talented breathing bodies in the entire film.

Killing, murder, attempted murder, fighting, beatings and threats with firearms took top billing in the annals of ignominy and zapped the Wanton Violence/Crime score [Isa. 13:11]. Foul language was, of course, a saturating presence and zapped the Impudence/Hate score [Prov. 17:20; 8:13]. Repeated full female nudity and vulgar dance while nude plus some innuendo zapped the Sex/Homosexuality score [Ezek. 16:58; Col 3:5]. Drug dealing, drug manufacturing operations and drinking took their toll on the Drugs/Alcohol score [1 Cor. 6:19]. Several uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive, drained the Offense to God score [Deut. 5:17], but no issues of cultism, occultism, witchcraft, or Satanism were noted. And of course murder took more points from the Murder/Suicide score than were left. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will tell it all.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city [a guarded place such as a reign or regime] with bloodshed and establishes a town [a collective such as mob or gang] by crime!
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Prov. 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse [obstinate in opposing norm or accepted] tongue [lashown {law-shone'}: language] falleth into mischief.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • Col 3:5 Mortify [nekroo {nek-ro'-o}: deprive of power] therefore your members [melos {mel'-os}: a member of the human body given up to criminal intercourse,] which are upon the earth [lying down]; fornication [porneia {por-ni'-ah}: illicit sexual intercourse], uncleanness [akatharsia {ak-ath-ar-see'-ah}: in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful living], inordinate affection [pathos {path'-os}: lust], evil concupiscence [epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah}: desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden], and covetousness [pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah}: greedy desire to have more], which is idolatry [eidololatreia {i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah}: the worship of false gods, including man - or woman]:
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple [naos {nah-os'}: metaph. the spiritual temple consisting of the saints of all ages joined together by and in Christ] of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless [naqah {naw-kaw'}: blameless, innocent] that taketh his name in vain.
  • Deut. 5:17 Thou shalt not kill [ratsach {raw-tsakh'}: murder, slay, premeditated, as avenger].

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 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 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]

    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Exit Wounds (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • many, many gunfire deaths/killings
  • explosion deaths/killings
  • many, many gunfire injuries
  • beatings
  • many attempts to murder
  • reckless endangerment
  • road rage fight
  • locker room fight
  • gunfire to brutalize with injury
  • threat with firearm to face
  • dirty cops
  • vehicle assault
  • abduction
  • assaults with firearms
  • gun battles
  • attempted vehicular murder
  • vehicular deaths/murders

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 33 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 105 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • rude arrogance
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar sexual comments, talk
  • sexual innuendo
  • woman in men's locker room
  • multiple full female nudity in nude dance, strip bar
  • multiple additional full female nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug deals, trafficking, manufacturing
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 4 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • uncountable gunfire/explosion murders
  • murder by vehicle

    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 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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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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  • (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 in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

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

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