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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 4, 2004
45 out of 100

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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.

(2004), PG-13 -- ... another PG-13 which is no more 13 than I am.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 2929 Productions, Artists Production Group
Distribution (US): Lions Gate
Director(s): Nick Hamm
Producer(s): Christopher Briggs, Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Mark Canton, Mark Cuban, Jon Feltheimer, Eric Kopeloff, Steve Mitchell, Sean O'Keefe, Robert Ortiz, Michael Paseornek, Cathy Schulman, Todd Wagner
Written by: Mark Bomback
Cinematography/Camera: Kramer Morgenthau
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Niven Howie, Steve Mirkovich
Casting: Sarah Finn, Stephanie Gorin, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Doug Kraner
Art Direction: Arvinder Grewal, Nicolas Lepage
Viewed At: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, 301 Rendon-Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 817-295-0559

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Adam (Cameron Bright), the eight year old son of high school biology teacher Paul Duncan and writer Jessie (Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) is killed by a freak traffic wreck caused by a rude bike rider in inner city streets. A car driver swerved to miss the rude bike rider and was then catapulted onto young Adam.

Before Adam's body is cold, Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro), a modern Dr. Frankenstein exploits the Duncans with promises of a new Adam just like the previous Adam. Wells is a genius who made his millions with a medical break-through a number of years earlier then founded the Godsend Institute, a medical research facility which, behind the scenes, experimented with cloning. And that was Wells' promise to the Duncans ... a clone of Adam.

All seemed to be going well with the new Adam until he reached the age at which the original Adam died. Wells promised the new Adam would be an identical version of the original Adam but warned the Duncans that no one knew what would happen when the clone reached the age when the host died.

Aside from the intriguing medical and scientific aspects of cloning, the moral aspects are unprecedented and threaten playing God with having power over life itself though. As Wells put it, cloning is creating life from life. Nonetheless, morally speaking, the implications of creating a new sentient being from other sentient beings is playing God. And we are not God. [Rev. 1:8, 22:13]

Wells artificially implanted genetically manipulated material from the first Adam into an egg in Jessie where it grew as would any fertilized egg into a fetus into a living child ... into the new Adam. And the procedure shown to accomplish the implantation was not entirely modest of the writers or of Romijn-Stamos or of De Niro.

Early on, Godsend is packed with enough emotional energy to adequately impart the weight of the loss of an only child to the uselessness of biker arrogance and to impart the depth of temptation to bend the rules to get back what was lost. Other than that it is a regular and routine thriller wannabe. There is likely nothing as memorable as, for example, "I see dead people" or "When the wolfbane blooms..."

But Godsend is another PG-13 which is no more 13 than I am. A child murders his mother with a hammer (the impact is, fortunately, not seen). A child attempts murder with an axe. A child is murdered by a lethal blow. Children are seen trapped in a burning room. Many things are seen that could invade the thinking of the child, causing his/her thinking to take on a new direction or shape. [Phil. 4:8] By the way, "child" includes the at-home teen.

Foul language, though lighter than many PG-13s, was present nonetheless at eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. God's name is used in vain seven times with the four letter expletive and nine times without it, once by a child. While alcoholic beverages were noted only twice, one time was at a children's party. A b_a_d combination in view of the American College of Physicians proving that the influence of booze in and as entertainment clearly leads to abuse of booze by adolescent viewers. [Eph. 5:18]

Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before deciding whether to let your 13 year olds watch this film.

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  • Rev. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
  • Rev. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • 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. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]

    ***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 (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)

    Godsend (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault with a knife to the face and other assaults, repeatedly
  • traffic death (unseen)
  • gore
  • explosive startle, repeatedly
  • bully threat for lunch money
  • decayed arm grabbing young boy
  • children trapped in burning building
  • attempted murder with axe by child
  • grab of a child from behind

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once by a child
  • child running from father's call
  • child ignoring father's command
  • abuse of son
  • lie to wife to hide covert deed
  • child spitting in faces
  • child starring at mother from her bedside
  • adult tantrum

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual aggression
  • immodest medical procedure
  • excessive camera invasion during child delivery
  • adult in bikini underwear
  • co-stripping for sex
  • female nudity
  • inappropriate touch
  • woman in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze at children's party
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • considering and cloning of dead son
  • unholy images
  • unholy manifestations, repeatedly
  • premonition
  • flashes of unholy beings
  • seven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and nine without, once by a child

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • images of child murder
  • mother murdered by child


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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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