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(2010), PG-13 [Lite R-13*] (2hr 05min)

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Macth 25, 2011
March 26, 2011

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

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

(2010), PG-13 [Lite R-13*] ... Police are such idiots. At least they are to Hollywood writers.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lionsgate, Fidélité Films, Hwy61
Distribution (US): Lionsgate
Director(s): Paul Haggis
Producer(s): Olivier Delbosc, Eugénie Grandval, Paul Haggis, Anthony Katagas, Agnès Mentre, Marc Missonnier, Michael Nozik
Screenplay: Paul Haggis, Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans
Cinematography/Camera: Stéphane Fontaine
Music: Danny Elfman
Film Editing: Jo Francis
Casting: Randi Hiller
Production Design: Laurence Bennett
Art Direction: Gregory S. Hooper
Viewed on Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD

If the moviegoer sees the evidence to prove innocence but the movie police do not, is the convicted one still guilty? It doesn't matter much in this story.

John Brennan (Russell Crowe) is convinced his wife Lara (Eizabeth Banks) is not guilty of the murder of her co-worker. Witnesses saw Lara and the murdered co-worker get into a heated argument. Another co-worker saw Lara drive off exposing to him the dead body that was next to Lara's car of which Lara knew nothing. But Lara maintains that some other woman dressed like her did the dastardly deed and ran into her during her flight which left some of the dead co-worker's blood on Lara's clothing. Never mind that she told the police about the woman that bumped into her and that the collision popped a button off her coat that should have been found at the scene. Police are such idiots. At lest they are to Hollywood writers.

John and Lara are madly in love with each other. Lara is dote over their son, Luke (Toby Green, Tyler Green, Ty Simpkins), almost as much as John. That Lara has now been in prison for three years is just too much for him to take. John has made up his mind to bust her out of prison. John hires the expertise of Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson), who has escaped custody seven times, to teach him the ropes of breaking out of prison. He has three days to do so.

Now the journey begins. It is a journey through just about everything illegal. Prison escape. Theft. Breaking and entering. Creating false identification documents. Stealing money ... at gunpoint. Holding police hostage ... at gunpoint. Felony evasion to avoid lawful arrest. And a lot more. With a final score of 52 The Next Three Days is worthy of being termed a lite R13. R-rated movies earned scores of 54 and below in the comparative baseline database.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The strongest content in The Next Three Days is violence and/or crime. Enough so that this investigation area found content enough to loose all of the starting 100 points, making it R-equivalent in violence/crime. Examples of violence and/or crime content include assault to kill, planning and executing a prison break, many firearms and use of them to kill, a graphic beating, kidnapping and much more. The most serious concern about so much violence and/or crime in and as entertainment in this film declared fit for adolescents by the MPAA is that the MPAA simply does not understand ... or accept ... that it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to fully separate fantasy from reality or to fully anticipate the consequences of his/her actions; that such skill does not typically plateau until the early 20s if then. And on another plane of viewing such content in and as entertainment it is"catching." Not only God Himself warned us that violence "leadeth [us] into the way that is not good" [Prov 16:29], four professional public health agencies found it to be true. When are we going to listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
Twelve times someone spoke profanity and three times someone uttered the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] It seemed to lie was about as significant and getting some on your chin when you blow your nose. [Rev. 21:8] I wonder if anyone who writes these films understands that to lie violates one of the Ten Commandments upon which every system of morality is based [Exod. 20:16] Social warfare between Lara and a younger, more attractive woman made some smooth-sounding arguments. [Ps. 55:21] Also, to feed the moral arrogance that oozes from this film, a toddler is made by the writers to say "NO!" to her mother. And that also invokes one of the Ten Commandments [Exod. 20:12] which in turn invokes Luke 17:2.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
While not as saturated with sexually immoral behaviors as most PG-13 films nowadays, The Next Three Days presents its share. Innuendo regarding intercourse, repeatedly. Excessive cleavage. Make-out frenzy. Camera angle / pose to force the viewer on private parts. A woman stripping to nudity (below camera). More. Regarding the racy stuff between John and Lara, note that while John and Lara were married in the movie, Crowe and Banks were not. Even if they were, such display is not for 200,000,000 viewers. [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
This is another area which found enough for the content to earn R-equivalence. In addition to John stealing drug sealers' money, there are a number of drug deals demonstrated plus taking the viewer into a meth lab. Also noted were drinking, smoking and a bar. Some would shout "So what! It's all film fantasy!" But when put to scientific scrutiny it has been found that such display in and as entertainment can and does embolden youth to try it.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. 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% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

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

And what could be a difference between being the influence of being exposed to drinking/smoking and illegal drug use? The effect is the same -- emboldenment to "try it for myself." To see if it really does do that. [Prov. 22:15]

Offense to God (O) - 71 out of 100
God's name is abused five times, once with the four letter expletive. [Deut.5:11] God is not patient with [unforgiven] abuse of His name. So much so that H will not hold guiltless s/he who does so.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 76 out of 100
There are three murders. Twice by gunfire and once by fire extinguisher to the head.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [apotithemi: rid yourself of, cast off, put away] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Exod. 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  • Ps. 55:21 His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness [ivveleth: folly, senselessness, thoughtlessness, recklessness] is bound in the heart of a child]; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. ["Foolishness" (ivveleth) is from the same as eviyl {ev-eel'}, meaning of one who despises wisdom; of one who mocks when guilty, is quarrelsome, is licentious. Note that the "rod" (of correction) does not have to be punishment and must never be harmful. A simple "good job" when warranted can serve as the "rod" as well as discipline, sometimes better. If you would like to know more, please visit our Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective publication. It is rather long though.]
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***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 Nxt Three Days (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • facial blood
  • police arrest violence
  • assault to kill
  • animated argument
  • hospitalization for attempted suicide
  • planning prison break - long
  • buying illegal identification, falsification of identification, repeatedly
  • beating with injury
  • theft/mugging of $2000
  • firearms, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering - auto, repeatedly
  • falsifying official documents
  • reckless endangerment - mother with child
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • kidnapping
  • wrongful confinement
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • gunfire to intimidate, repeatedly
  • arson to coerce
  • defensive killing
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • illegal deposition of dead body
  • vandalism to facilitate unlawful activities, repeatedly
  • planting of falsified documents
  • police corruption
  • police as hostages, repeatedly
  • firearm threats, repeatedly, multiple
  • gagging police
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful prosecution and arrest, repeatedly
  • reckless driving to avoid police, repeatedly
  • attempted suicide from moving vehicle causing reckless endangerment of others

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • social warfare
  • lies, repeatedly
  • toddler defiance of mother

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
  • innuendo re: intercourse, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage
  • make-out frenzy
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • anatomical reference
  • woman stripping to nudity (below camera)
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
  • booze
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drug deal, repeatedly
  • illegal meth lab

    Offense to God (O) - 71 out of 100
  • five abuses of God's name, once with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 76 out of 100
  • three murders, twice by gunfire and once by fire extinguisher to the head

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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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