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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 10, 2006
43 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...this tapestry still has some of those little straight pins from the tailor...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Beacon Communications LLC, Beacon Pictures, Thunder Road, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Richard Loncraine
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Armyan Bernstein, Graham Burke, Jeff Clifford, Dana Goldberg, Basil Iwanyk, Charlie Lyons, Brent O'Connor, Jonathan Shestack
Written by: Joe Forte
Cinematography/Camera: Marco Pontecorvo
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Film Editing: Jim Page
Casting: Mary Gail Artz
Heike Brandstatter
Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Brian Morris
Art Direction: Helen Jarvis
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Firewall. A quality production to be sure. What else is to be expected from a film with Harrison Ford in the lead. But in this case, the film was better than Ford. Some outstanding performances. An intricate plot with enough plot elements to keep even the techno-geek engaged, each seamlessly woven into a somewhat smooth tapestry of entertainment. But ... this tapestry still has some of those little straight pins from the tailor that hold fabric panels together for stitching. Each pin poised to make a morally painful point.

Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) is the Vice President of Security for a major bank. Stanfield lives comfortably with his wife, Beth (Virginia Madsen), young son Andrew (Jimmy Bennett) and teen daughter Sarah (Carly Schroeder). In this subplot Hollywood inserts a few of the obligatory demonstrations of child arrogance and rebellion against parental authority. [Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:20]

For 20 years he has been protecting access to customer accounts. He built the bank's information system inside and out. He knows it. The bank knows it. And some bad guys know it.

Bill Cox (Paul Bettany) has devised an intricate plan to force Stanfield to transfer money from bank accounts into his foreign account totaling $100 million. Along with a dastardly crew, Cox becomes a temporary part of the Stanfield family as he holds Beth, Andrew and Sarah as hostages to force Stanfield to steal the money from his bank.

Initially, Stanfield knows nothing of the abduction of his family at gunpoint. It was not until after evening drinks with his new boss and Cox that Stanfield found out. As Stanfield left and got into his car, Cox held Stanfield at gunpoint saying "Your daughter has beautiful eyes" as Cox showed Stanfield a camera cell phone picture of Sarah in terror. It was then Cox announced his intent to kill Stanfield's family if Stanfield did not comply with Cox's demands.

With the Stanfield residence as his base of operations, Cox forces Stanfield into a step-by-step plan to execute the crime. And to throw salt on the wounds, Cox arranges for Stanfield to appear guilty not only for the electronic theft but other crimes as well.

Why this film is called Firewall I have no idea. It is not mentioned in the entire film. Maybe the name was adopted since a firewall is a security feature of computers to prevent electronic fraud and unauthorized access.

Some of the morally stabbing pins I used in allegory above included a saturation of the film with violence. Some were quite graphic but yet not gory. Much of the violence involved the two children [Luke 17:2, Matt 25:40] and the mother. Other matters of violence include an attempt to murder Andrew, threats to kill children, threat to break a young boy's knees and holding a gun to a child's head to extort the father into wrongdoing. Further, there are three rather graphic defensive killings in Firewall.

Arrogance and impudence are well demonstrated in the form of many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Isa. 13:11, Col. 3:8, 2Tim. 2:16]

Sexually oriented programming was limited almost entirely to matters such as vulgar gestures, innuendo and anatomical references. No nudity is seen and no one gets in bed with anyone.

Drugs/Alcohol content is limited to one scene an with alcoholic beverage and two references to alcoholic beverages. But the fact that booze was even mentioned invokes the findings of the American College of Physicians. See the links in the Scriptural reference. [Eph. 5:18]

The Offense to God investigation area found not only 11 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive but four uses with it. [Deut. 5:11]

And there is a cold blooded, heartless gunfire murder plus another gunfire murder in Firewall.

There is so much violence and foul language in Firewall that it earned a final score of 43 which falls well within the scoring range (54 and below out of 100) earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. It is a strong R-13 (See "R-13" ). Though we have not been able to afford to compile all the massive data gathered since 2002, I see no evidence of the trend of that which we proved in 2000 and updated in 2002: that more that 60% of PG-13 movies are R-13. Even Harvard scientists proved the "ratings creep" in 2004 ... a full four years after   the CAP Ministry did. And we used God's Word to prove it! (See Harvard Agrees With Us.)

There is more. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section itemizes all that was found.


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  • Eph. 6:1 - 3 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise.
  • Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
  • 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. [Yes, it is haughtiness which gives us the impudence to use filthy language.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.2Tim. 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Firewall (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault, repeatedly, frequent, including of children
  • brutalization of mother and two children
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • four abductions, two of them children
  • coercion of father to do wrong with family as leverage, includes two children
  • image of terror caused to child
  • threat to kill wife and two children
  • firearm threat to head, repeatedly, once of child
  • control by firearms
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to face
  • attempted murder of young boy to force performance
  • planning robbery
  • defensive killing with a kitchen appliance, graphic
  • potentially fatal risk-taking
  • brutalizing of a child suffering asthma
  • defensive killing with a car
  • fighting for life
  • defensive killing with pick axe

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 21 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most four of the foul words
  • disregard of parental instructions, twice
  • sibling arguing/name-calling
  • disrespect of parents
  • threat to break boy's knees to force performance

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar gesture
  • anatomical reference
  • adultery reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • reference to booze, twice

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's Name in vain with the four letter expletive and 11 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder to back of neck
  • gunfire murder unseen but heard
  • gunfire murder

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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