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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 20min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Studios
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Hendricks, Peter Kohn, Eric McLeod, Chad Oman, Pat Sandston, Mike Stenson
Written by: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Characters: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Stephen E. Rivkin, Craig Wood
Casting: Denise Chamian, Priscilla John
Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
Art Direction: John Dexter
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Since I was able to attend a private screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and since I will have this report posted online before the first showing, I will not discuss it in any great detail.
Will Tuner (Orlando Bloom) and his betrothed Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) are facing the hangman's noose for helping the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) escape in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Elizabeth's daddy, Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce) cannot help. He, too, is in trouble. And under arrest. Will is given a chance by his oppressor evil Lord Norrington (Jack Davenport) to keep his and Elizabeth's heads out of the noose by fetching a special directional compass held by Sparrow. That compass has the ability to find a heart that has been missing for so long, thus the meaning behind "Dead Man's Chest."
Will Turner's dad, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) is back but as a crewman and prisoner of the Captain of the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) who owns Bootstrap's soul. As Bootstrap's body slowly seeps into Jones' domain, the take-over of his body by some sort of sea creature may be disturbing as his face becomes less and less human as it is consumed by whatever it is taking him over.
Of noteworthy mention is the incredible ingenuity and unparalleled skills of the creature creators of Disney. There are many evil grotesque and corroded, barnacle-covered men-turned-sea-creatures that would challenge the grasp of reality for those with little to no experiential maturity. Davy Jones has a variation of a squid as his head that is so realistic down to the movements of its facial tissues that it looks as if it is natural for this character. Jones' henchmen are just as hideous and demonic as he. One of them is a man turned into a hammerhead shark complete with shark's teeth. It is likely that such realistic looking creatures of evil will frighten the little ones who are not familiar with the talents of artists to make the unnatural/unholy look natural.
The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found many examples of sword fights, threats and attempted killing with spears, arrows and firearms, action violence, intense attack sequences by a huge octopus and more. This is a very violent film. [Prov. 16:29]
The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area found only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. There may be far fewer uses of profanity in this film than in typical PG-13 films, but the second time of a sin does not excuse the first, nor does the third excuse the second or the first, nor the thousandth the first. [Eph. 4:29, Matt. 12:36]
Behaviors of the Sexual Immorality (S) nature were limited to matters such as a couple instances of excessive breast exposure (prostitutes), talk about immoral sex and Sparrow wanting Elizabeth to become naked in his cabin. Though there is some talk of sexually immoral deeds, there is no nudity of any kind in this film, no inappropriate touch nor is anyone in bed with another. But God warned us that if we lust after another as did Sparrow after Elizabeth even if only in speech, we are as guilty as if we had committed the deed in our hearts. [Matt. 5:28, 1Ths. 4:1-5, 1 John 2:26]
The content found by the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area included drinking, drunkenness, drunken revelry and a drunken brawl. [Eph. 5:18] As revealed in the studies noted in the Ephesians 5:15 Scriptural application below, drinking/drunkenness in and as entertainment can and does embolden youth to abuse alcohol.
Though the Offense to God (O) investigation area found only two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive noted, remember that the second does not excuse the first, etc. [Deut. 5:11] And the bartering with and selling of souls was expensive to the Offense to God investigation area.
Murder/Suicide (M) found three men murdered with hatchets, another by blade and another by slicing his neck.
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides a detailed itemization of the observations made during the viewing of this 2 hour and 20 minute film. Please consider closely inspecting the Findings/Scoring section before you decide for what age stratum this film is fit, if any.
As promised, following is a comparative between the two Pirates of the Caribbean films.
It is interesting that both versions reveal the same scoring distribution pattern (mercury columns) with the 2006 version a little less morally offensive which accounts for the slightly higher final score for the 2006 version but both being R-13.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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