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Pitch Black (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 2.27
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*Pitch Black* (R) -- black, indeed.

A dark sci-fi flick of a failed passenger transport mission which crash landed on a far planet with nocturnal nasties ready to consume anything with flesh but only during the dark. Which would not seem to be a problem on a planet with what seems to be eternal day. Then comes the fret when one of the crew finds that a periodic eclipse of the planet's sun is coming...soon.

A so-so sci-fi flick with so-so acting and so-so script and plot with massively vulgar and invasive ignominy. Thirty-three uses of the most foul of the foul words. Twenty-nine of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Oodles of blood and guts and animals eating human flesh and ripping bodies apart, leaving only the bones. A lesser focus on sexual material than most R and PG-13 rated movies, but there nonetheless. Aside from the standard violence/gore fare, there was a distinct and inescapable of presence of programming to form the viewer's grasp of faith and God.

For this investigator, there was particularly angering programming in this "movie." The quintessential bad guy, in answering a passenger "holy man" whether the bad guy believes in God, actually spoke the words "Absolutely I believe in God. I absolutely hate the ......." [Mark 12:30; Col. 3:8] I will NOT even try to describe the final word of this guy's filthy speech [Prov. 8:13]. Recall whom it is that knows God very well but hates Him. I would like to stop doing analysis of R-rated movies because of this kind of nauseating programming, but stopping the analysis of R-rated movies is not the answer. Let Hollywood make whatever they want but if they do they had best be prepared for right wing radical fanatics like me to tell the Truth about their movies. And even more significant, let them be prepared for what will come by their deeds. No one, not one, will escape kneeling before our Lord One day to give an accounting. Not one. And to cause or teach our little ones to sin by example is something to be accounted [Luke 17:2]. And I somehow doubt that "But the little ones were not supposed to be in the theater" will have much weight with Him since I have yet to find something that is sinful for a child but is not sinful for an adult. Notice I said *sinful* not lawful.

And let me remind some of our readers that I did not write the "rules" I use in these reports. I am not acting holier-than-thou. I am just repeating the "rules" given to us a very long time ago because I love you -- and I probably could not if it weren't for the "rules" of Love God has given us. Y'see, He loves you and He loves me and He dearly wants us to love Him. And because of His caliber of love for me, I can and do love you. Any pastor or minister will gladly help you with this if you do not understand.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Pitch Black (2000) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic deaths, most by animals
  • graphic crash landing
  • attempted murder
  • impalement in chest
  • assault
  • threats with knife
  • mutilation of flesh
  • bloody amputated foot
  • threat with firearm
  • animal attacks and mutilations
  • bodies stripped of their skin and most flesh
  • skeletons
  • bodies being ripped apart
  • attack on woman by man
  • knife fight with wounds
  • decapitation by animal bite

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 33 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 29 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • adolescent trying to emulate the bad guy
  • advising to lie to avoid lawful prosecution

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • vulgar expression
  • excessive breast exposure
  • camera angle clearly to focus viewer on private parts
  • dress to maximize the female form or skin exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • use of narcotics
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • claim of humans being animals
  • "Ever wonder why I am an atheist"
  • improper use of "Look to thine own eyes first"
  • a story of how it is best to not believe in God
  • "Absolutely I believe in God. I absolutely hate the ......."
  • "So, where is your ... God now."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic murder

  • (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.

    (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.

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