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MAR2011.122

(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] (1hr 37.4min)

Final Score
Analysis Date
Date Posted
Influence Density
MinMax
September 16, 2011
September 25, 2011
61
1.03
-93

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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
(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.



(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] ... they have had enough


Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Chemin Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Distribution (US): Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Rupert Wyatt
Producer(s): Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Thomas M. Hammel, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Kurt Williams
Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Cinematography/Camera: Andrew Lesnie
Music: Patrick Doyle
Film Editing: Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, Debra Zane
Production Design: Claude Paré
Art Direction: Dan Hermansen, Helen Jarvis, Grant Van Der Slagt
Viewed at Rave Motion Pictures Theater, Fort Worth, TX



The final score of 61 out of 100 for this film is at the very center of the range of scores earned by movies rated PG-13 (68 to 55 out of 100). Rise of the Planet of the Apes is fully R-equivalent in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Impudence/Hate (I), which includes language, and PG-13 equivalent in Offense to God (O) but G-equivalent in everything else (S, D and M).

I am not going to spend a lot of time building a summary of the plot and story other than it is a story of the rebellion of a brutalized ape who is given super intelligence by an experimental drug called ALZ112 which was intended to combat Alzheimer's Disease in humans. Too bad the drug - and the apes -- killed human hosts. Keepers were astonishingly brutal with the experimental ape. So this ape, now with enhanced intelligence, led the other apes to rebel and ultimately to freedom. The apes decided they have had enough. What an encouragement for they who think apes are only two percent away from humans!

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Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Content found by this investigation area centers around action violence and animal attacks of varying intensities, some quite graphic. Whatever the form of violence, its effect is nearly the same. It can lead the viewer "into a way that is not good." [Prov. 16:29] Believe it or not man has matured enough to realize God is right by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing findings which perfectly corroborate God's warning.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
In addition to 13 uses of profanity [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29], animal brutalization and brutalization of the elderly top off the loss of a third of the starting 100 points of this investigation area. While God gave us all animals for our use, He did not give them to us for our abuse. [Gen. 1:28]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 93 out of 100
The only behavior of the sexually immoral nature is cohabitation [1 Cor. 7:1 - 2] and a man and a woman in bed together with no display of nudity.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 90 out of 100
The only content found applicable to this investigation area is the use of an unapproved drug in experimentation of a human and one instance of booze.

Offense to God (O) - 59 out of 100
God's name is abused eight times, six without the four letter expletive and two with it. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
An ape murders a human.


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SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S)
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CHAPTER/VERSE

  • 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 "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    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 [rid yourself of] 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.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Gen. 1:28 God blessed them [Adam and Eve] and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ["Not to touch..." God is wise to rationalizations of man. "Touch" is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee}; to touch; of carnal intercourse with a woman or cohabitation.]
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer 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 when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.]


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    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:
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)


    Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • action violence, repeatedly, of varying intensities, some graphic
  • animal attack, frequent, some graphic
  • physical assault
  • blood
  • dead body with blood, twice
  • aiding and abetting

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
  • 13 uses of profanity
  • domestic scuffle
  • mistreating animals
  • brutalization of animals and the elderly
  • order to lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 93 out of 100
  • cohabitation
  • man and woman in bed

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 90 out of 100
  • experimentation on humans with unapproved drug
  • booze

    Offense to God (O) - 59 out of 100
  • six uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and twice with it

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
  • one murder of a man by an ape - graphic















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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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