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Red Planet: Color of Fear (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 0.79
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
RED PLANET: COLOR OF FEAR (PG-13) is a quality production which does not rely heavily on high-tech gadgetry and wizardry but rather presents a thinking man's version of the sci-fi of the 50s. But this time the girl takes her clothes off. All of them [Num. 15:39, Rev. 3:18]. And there is "R-rated" language.
Carrie-Anne Moss as Commander Bowman is not the "extra" or the token attempt to put a pretty face on the screen. Moss portrays a straight-shootin' space pilot, knowledgeable of her ship and its capabilities and operation. But then, as the trend of exploiting women as sexual objects seems to be avoided in this movie Moss strips for the shower and for display to Val Kilmer as Gallagher.
For about twenty years scientists have been trying to seed Mars with algae to increase the oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. Why would we want to do that? If, by the year 2025 ... !!?? There's a song in that! Does anyone remember it? "In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find..." Though just a kid when I first heard it I still remember parts of it and it is still a reminder, as is this movie, of our accountability to God giving us dominion over this planet and everything on it [Gen. 1:28]. As with any gift He gives us, we are to be good stewards of it, not abusers of it. Back to where I left off. If, by the year 2025 we too have so polluted our earth as to make it uninhabitable as they have in the movie, we would also want to move. The seeding experiments had been successful, at least for a while. The green pastures seen through telescopes had disappeared. In an effort to find out why, a ship was dispatched to find out what happened to the algae.
Everything is going well and orbit is established. As landing preparations are underway a gamma burst from the sun disables much of the ship's operating systems. Though I am an ex-radiation safety officer and an author in hospital/paramedical handling of radiation trauma, I will not go into the errors noted regarding the gamma burst. Though it is a movie, don't let it shape your impressions about ionizing radiation as movies do in so many ways about so many things, including behavioral choices and coping skills. In a sacrificial move, Commander Bowman sends the five scientists to the surface of Mars while she stays "with the sinking ship" to try to restore safe operations. But all does not go well with the landing party. Discovering malfunctions aboard the landing craft the crew implemented special features such as ejecting the landing gear from the pod. Seems like a good move since they have inflatable bags to surround the pod to improve the chances of surviving an uncontrolled landing. But AMEE is in the landing gear. AMEE is a special robot. Without her, the team is pretty much lost. Kinda like calculators in elementary and high school nowadays. Kids are lost without them.
The scientists, Santen (Benjamin Bratt), Chantilas (Terence Stamp), Burchenal (Tom Sizemore), Pettengil (Simon Baker), and Gallagher are now faced not with learning the reason why the algae disappeared but with survival. As the threat of eminent death looms, one of the "weaker" team members and a second get into a scuffle and one is killed by falling off a cliff -- or was he pushed? It may have been murder. I don't know. I was writing at that instant. The survivor of the scuffle certainly seemed to feel guilty about something. Another team member is so injured in the landing that he dies. In the meantime AMEE finds the team and, being corrupted by the fall from high altitude, attacks the team and intentionally breaks the rib of one of the team members. Remembering a supply post placed by earlier missions, the team trekked to it but find it destroyed. But why were all the supplies missing? I noted no explanation why it is destroyed.
Several additional perils are encountered as the team trek on. One of the perils being the dissonance created by a possible escape vehicle left by the Russians having the capacity to carry only two men -- there were three men left at that point. Further perils lead to the deaths of two more of the team, one very graphically and one by sacrificial suicide leaving Gallagher to fend for himself.
Though this movie could have been a sci-fi buff's delight, but it presents much concern for parents who value wholesome entertainment [Ps. 101:3]. In addition to the gratuitous full female nudity, there is much foul language including God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive AND the most foul of the foul words -- the one that used to make a movie R-rated [Col. 3:8, Deut. 5:11]. I hear often how school kids hear and use such language everyday. Is that supposed to make it right? Is that supposed to take away the sin of it? If every human who has drawn a breath used God's name in vain and other foul language in every sentence, it would still be a sin. While faith in God is mentioned in a positive way at least twice, a more bold and "finalizing" comment was "You see God. You let me know. Until then I'll trust my PhDs." [John 1:18] Other matters which may be of concern include revealing clothing, sexual innuendo and comments and a request for sexual performance, the ripping of human flesh by insect-like creatures, and a lesbian reference [Rom. 1:26].
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.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):