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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Mummy (1999), PG-13 [R-13]
CAP Score: 44, CAP ID: 1.22

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"The Mummy" (PG-13 [R-13], 1999) -- Wow! A quite energetic movie. And a good comedy. The minds of the writers were certainly imaginative and inventive. I am indeed surprised at the final score and the influence density, but I stand by them.

"The Mummy" was an amplification of the unholiness and gore of the old mummy movies with Boris Karloff and others. It was also much more graphic thanks to modern computer animation and illustration and thus with much more impact than the earlier movies. And I feel I have to say much more exciting, too! But that which made it the most uncomfortable for me was the counterfeiting of the Scriptures.

"The Mummy" was indeed a PG-13 movie with frequent use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, nudity, and gunfire violence. Lo and behold, there was no "up yours" from kids to their parents, though. In fact, there were no kids in the show at all. The nudity came in the form of a princess wearing only a body paint "outfit": one in which the interweave voids were about the size of a nickel. While those who defend such programming might say the girl was not nude because of the body paint, there was no doubt about the location, configuration, and some of the folds of the anatomical features of the girl. Her skintone was even.......everywhere!

Of particular caution was the quintessential bad guy. He starts out as victim of a graphic death where bugs eat him alive. Then, after years entombed he is "resurrected" as a skeleton with decomposed and decomposing tissues dangling about. In one scene, a bug living in him exits one gaping hole draped with dangling necrotic gray tissues and quickly submerses itself in second of several slimy cavities of dripping flesh. In another quite graphic scene, a bug burrows into the foot of another bad guy then scampers its way just under his skin up to his head.

While these are indeed invasive to the senses, there is programming which could distort and confuse the Truth for the impressionable, or could confound righteous development of the Truth in those yet unfamiliar with the Truth. The Scriptures of Revelation are counterfeited: water turned into blood (Rev 8:8, 11-6, 16:3-4, ), a plague of locusts (Rev 9:3 from the smoke rising from Hell); an immense earthquake (Rev 6:12, 8:5, 11:13, 11:19, esp. 16:18); a tattoo on the forehead (Rev 14:9, 17:5). Resurrections without God freckled the script as well. Much of the movie run time was taken up by Sinbad-style sparsely fleshed skeletons trying to kill the good guys. There was also a hanging.

In addition, many demon possessions mutilated human flesh and forced multitudes to do the bidding of an evil master. Of particularly serious nature was a comment "Better to serve the devil than to stand in his way." While this mimics a template comment by Milton in "Paradise Lost," it is still as much a lie -- a dangerous lie.

Some good news about this PG-13 movie -- there were none of the most foul of foul words. And, while God's name was used in vain several times, not once was it used with the four letter expletive.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Mummy (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • a hot poker being shoved up someone's nose
  • a tongue being cut off
  • many deaths by gunfire and sword and other violence
  • bugs eating people
  • warfare
  • decayed body arrising to scare
  • fighting, beating, once to gain first place
  • a hanging
  • gambling
  • throwing a man overboard while asea
  • threats with a knife at the throat
  • threats with guns
  • "melting" flesh
  • insect invasion into human bodies
  • many presentations of decayed/decomposed bodies as alive and attacking people, in some cases to steal body parts for rejuvination
  • deaths by fire
  • death by evil power
  • exceptionally gross gore of insects crawling in and out of cavities in the body tissue and scurrying about just under the skin

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to manipulate

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • nudity (under fishnet outer wear)
  • inappropriate touch
  • female nightwear
  • female face in the lap of a male (passed out drunk into his lap)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • lust for drink

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "I will resurrect you."
  • evil presences
  • additional resurrections
  • "Undead for all eternity"
  • tattoos, including on the forehead
  • demon presences and possessions of the dead to resurrect, and demon control of people with deformity of flesh
  • talk of entering eternal life NOT by Jesus
  • many stories of evil supremacy and power
  • long sequences of dead decomposed bodies fighting people
  • changing rivers into blood
  • mockery of Christ and His control
  • "Better to serve the devil than to stand in his way"
  • unholy control of natural elements
  • beckoning evil power

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • brutal knife and sword murder (seen as shadows only with sound)
  • suicide by knife (seen as shadows only with sound)

    (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. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (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.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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