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(2007), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 35min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 2, 2007
39 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2007), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] -- When are we going to listen ...?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hollywood Pictures, Limbo Productions, Spyglass Entertainment, Macari/Edelstein, Sonet Film AB
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Hollywood Pictures
Director(s): David S. Goyer
Producer(s): Gary Barber, William S. Beasley, Roger Birnbaum, Neal Edelstein, Jonathan Glickman, Mike Macari, Peter Possne, Erin Stam
Screenplay by: Mick Davis, Christine Roum
Novel: "Den Osynlige" by Mats Wahl
Cinematography/Camera: Gabriel Beristain
Music: Marco Beltrami
Film Editing: Conrad Smart
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Seth Yanklewitz
Production Design: Carlos Barbosa
Art Direction: Michael N. Wong
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Now that this analysis is nearly a week after the opening day it is not of much use to you unless you wait until a film comes out on video or are one of our overseas users who typically do not get new releases until a few weeks after thy are rleased in the US. But that this is nearly a week old bothers me greatly. Alas such are the shortcomings that must be tolerated until we can find enough funding to make this a dedicated ministry. It is already fulltime but only when I can find the time and afford it. When we can make this fulltime dedicated ministry I can assure you analysis of many films even before their opening days.

Nicholas Powell (Justin Chatwin), a high school senior of 18, whose (shallow, of course) mother Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) pretends to dote over Nicholas' togetherness with her as they celebarate his near-graduation, who is about to sneak off to London for a writer's course against his mother's wishes is beaten by teen assailants and assumed dead since one of the assailants said "He ain't breathing."

The lead criminal who delivers the soon fatal injruies, all because of a social insult by Nicholas, is Annie Newton (Margarita Levieva). Newton is the admiring slave teenager who looks up to older Marcus Bohem (Alex O'Loughlin) who is using her likely as a sex toy but thaqt being second to her service in his crime. Strangely enough they kill each other in the film. What a great role model for teen girls! Even Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter at Virginia Tech is claimed to have been influenced by "subject matter." When are we going to listen to the signals sent?

Fortunately, Nicholas was not yet dead but in the so-called ethereal limbo between life and the afterlife. Nicholas is given a chance to bring himself back to life while, at the same time, bringing the criminal teens to justice, criminally. But Nicholas has to do it while in the ethereal world in which no one can see or hear him. If his body dies before Nicholas completes his task, Nicholas will enter the afterlife and the criminals will go free.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This is a very violent film, not entirely in physical violence but in emotional and attitudinal violence as well. In one case Nicholas begins to place a shotgun in his mouth to commit suicide. The number of violent issues far exceed the amount of space I wish to use in this investigation area summary but will bring out a few. Knife threats by teens. Knife assaults by teens. Beatings by teens of teens. Imagery of being pushed of a tall building. Fencing of stolen goods. Firearm threats by teens. Planning to kill a child. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete listing.

Some may say "Big deal" to the amount of violence in The Invisible. Well, I am going to make a "big deal" of it in view of our own findings and the findings of the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and others made jointly regarding the viewing of violence in and as entertainment. It is inevitable that viewing violence in and as entertainment leads to viewing violence as an acceptable way of settling conflict in real life, to emotional desensitization, to real life violence and more. See Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit for more information.

Since this film is rated PG-13 it is, whether intentional, targeted at a large volume of the most morally vulnerable people. And, since more than half of all moviegoers are non-adult (source: Lowes Theater intermission slide), one can bet a lot of "young" will see this film and become fulfillment of prophecy of both the Joint Statement and God. [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 16:29, Prov. 4:14]

Impudence/Hate (I)
As is typical of PG-13 films of today this one contains quite a bit of foul language, most of it by teens. [Col. 3:8, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] In addition, one of the teens is portrayed as justified in yelling obscenities at her mother. Ever wonder from where your teen(s) get(s) a flaming attitude toward you? Though such flames are somewhat inborn [Prov. 22:15], films like these that manufacture justification for teen arrogance and rebellion fan those flames, whether justified or not. Consider the following excerpt from our analysis report for Unbreakable:

PERSPECTIVE: We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment progressively for so long that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. If there ever was any doubt about that, there remains no doubt with Unbreakable  when a 13 year old boy in a movie can aim a gun he loaded and cocked at his father [Prov. 17:25] and the audience find acceptability in it let alone humor in it. The boy's intent was to prove his father was a super hero who could not die. Remember what God has told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." The "bad company" imagery in that scene may be captured by youth as power by holding dad ("unfair control") hostage rather than what the scene is supposed to be saying, not to mention being captured as the lowering of inhibitions of the viewer against using a firearm as a power tool; power which all adolescents crave. There may be many emotional and social filters and barriers in the observer in the path of such imagery on its way to the brain that by the time the imagery gets to the brain all that remains of the original imagery is a picture of the power in holding dad hostage ... with a gun.

It is inevitable for many young minds to adapt the "justification" seen onscreen to fit their own circumstances. Indeed, it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to be able to fully separate fantasy from reality (yet we keeping feeding this caliber of fantasy to them) or to be able to fully anticipate the consequences of his/her actions. Such skills do not typically plateau until the early 20s.

Further, Nicholas is heard saying "Sometimes I wish my mom was dead instead of my dad." [Prov. 20:20] A married couple engage in hateful argumentation. [Eph. 5:22, Eph. 5:25] Among other matters of impudence and/or hate a teen threatens to kill her father if he does not meet her demands.

Sexual Immorality (S)
The points of sexually immoral behavior in The Invisible  are typical of modern PG-13 films: teen girls showing as much of their form and/or skin as possible; a pair of teens in a "get a room" motel bed; a teen girl atop a teen boy in bed making out; a tease of nudity; showing below navel skin which threatens to expose that which follows; a teen in a shower. [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Nicholas' mother throws him a party with booze and celebrates with a toast. One instance of smoking is noted. Now comes another serious threat which frequents PG-13 films: teen drinking and drunkenness. This is also a "big deal" according to our own studies and a study by the American College of Physicians. And since this. too, is a "big deal" I will make a big "sermon" out of it as well.

The drinking and drunkenness are of significant danger in this film suggested by the MPAA as being fit for the middle school age stratum. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment leads to undeniable abuse of alcohol among underage kids. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies.

The researchers selected R-rated movies because they assumed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of "R-13" proven by this ministry (see R-13 and four years later by Harvard University scientists (see Harvard Agrees With Us). The bottom line? The focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification.

Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions.

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. Even the University of Connecticut corroborates our finding and that of the ACP. [Eph. 5:18]

    I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage substance abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol and tobacco in films that embolden youth to abuse substances, but is rather the attitude portrayed. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.

    Offense to God (O)
    God's name is used in vain both with and without the four letter expletive in this preteen and teen flick. While all of the uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive are by teens, the uses with the four letter expletive are by adults. I guess the sensitivity of the filmmakers is to be commended but little do they know there is no magic age at which sin is no longer sinful. [Deut. 5:11] In addition to the abuse of God's name, this film presents an unholy "resurrection" and the dead walking.

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    There are four deaths in this film for the middle school age stratum. One is murder is by beating. Two others are murder by gunfire, one of a teen by an adult and another of an adult by a teen. The fourth is suicide. [Ex 20:13]


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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/character demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. 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. 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain babblings [empty, useless]: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;
  • Prov. 17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
  • Eph. 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
  • Eph. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it. 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.]
  • Prov. 20:20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. ["Curses" is qalal {kaw-lal'}: to treat with contempt; to make despicable.]
  • 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.]
  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, `The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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.)

    The Invisible (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • "death wish" gesture
  • firearms on display
  • shotgun to mouth in dream state
  • teens accosting another teen to steal from him
  • knife threat, teen to teen
  • assault with knife with injury
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • reckless driving in felony evasion, twice
  • theft by teen
  • beating of teen by teens, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault
  • scene of murder, victim of teen murderers
  • teen boy hit in traffic
  • imagery of assault murder - being pushed off a tall building
  • "strong arm" control, repeatedly
  • firearm threat of teen, repeatedly
  • firearm threat by teen, repeatedly
  • planning to murder a child
  • teen pointing firearm at police, multiple
  • fencing stolen goods by teens
  • breaking and entering by a teen, twice
  • injury gore, with blood, repeatedly
  • action peril

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 27 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, all by teens
  • cheating, twice
  • teen arrogance with school property and school authority
  • insolence at mother, twice
  • marital friction
  • teen damaging caregiver's property with a knife
  • deceit to parents
  • massive tattoos
  • general teen attitude of arrogance
  • teen sneaking in after hours
  • teen running away
  • teen threat to kill father
  • teen hatred of mother
  • teen violence toward mother
  • "Sometimes I wish my mom was dead instead of my dad"
  • "supernatural" justification for crashing roadblock
  • adult hatred of teen assailant of son
  • little boy on rock cliff without adult supervision

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • excessive chest exposure - teen in high school
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • man and girl in motel bed
  • teen girl atop a teen boy in bed making out
  • painting nudity
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows
  • teen girl in shower
  • teens snuggling prone

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze in celebration
  • toasting with booze
  • smoking
  • teen drinking
  • teen drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, all by teens and thrice with the four letter expletive by adults
  • unholy resurrection
  • dead walking

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • beating murder
  • teen suicide
  • gunfire murder of teen by adult
  • gunfire murder of adult by teen

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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 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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