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(2004), NR [PG-13]
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(2004), NR [PG-13] -- ... realizing his true need and what he needed to do about it.
Production (US): Dove Canyon Films
Distribution (US): Christian Network International (CNI) Distribution
Marketing (US): Willowcreek Marketing
Director(s): George W. King, Jr. (1923 - 2003)
Producer(s): Jeff Morris, Mark McGilvray, Lloyd Ashman, Rick Wackeen, Phil Jacoi, Robert Venneri, Mitchel Galin, Susan Bowman, George King
Written by: George W. King, Jr.
Cinematography/Camera: Lou Chanatry
Music: Andrew Michael King
Film Editing: Stan Moore
Casting: Lynn Richmond
Viewed on CNI Screener's DVD.
Based on a true story, this might be an opportunity to see the changes in a man that stardom and fame can bring. And the changes that Jesus can bring, from champion in the ring to champion for the King.
But while this film earned scores equivalent to G or PG-rated movies in the comparative baseline database in Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide, this film, like the WWE Raw Live wrestling episode broadcast on TNN on Monday, July 29, 2002, earned a score equivalent to many R-rated films in the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area and the Drugs/Alcohol investigation area. These areas scores combine to give STING: Moment of Truth a score equivalent to many lite PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database, almost entirely due to violence and drug/alcohol abuse.
Steve Borden, the basketball- and soccer-loving son of a football loving dad, had no idea he would become one of the most watched professional wrestlers in history, seen by more than a half billion people either live or in broadcast events. Borden's pro-wrestling escapades as Sting brought him into familiar contact with wrestling greats such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, the Horsemen and Lex Lugar. Winner of nine World Titles in World Championship Wrestling, twice against Hulk Hogan himself, and two World Tag Team titles not to mention several wrestler of the year titles, 6 foot two inch, 252 pound Borden launched a bright and glittering career in pro wrestling showmanship. But all that glitters is not gold.
The story opens with apparently how Borden was imprinted with a yen to be a pro wrestler by watching late night TV. This is combined with flash forwards of events in Sting's career. Then a timid Banner newspaper reporter interviewed Sting. During that interview was the first indication of Sting seeking the Lord. And how his life in pro wrestling was not the result of a plan but of a "whole lot of one thing leads to another" and growing up in southern California. Then is when we see the first blonde Sting, his future wife, Susan W. Hines, his obsession with body building and his first real entry into pro wrestling through his partnership in a health club.
From California Sting traveled to Tennessee to begin his body-slamming career at $25 to $50 dollars a night. In Memphis, and still blonde, Sting, then Flash Borden teamed with Jim Justice to form the Freedom Fighters ... 500 plus pound of wrestling fury. It was while wrestling as Flash Borden that Sting wed Sue and began a poor married life in Alexandria, Louisiana that was to become troubled. Living off credit cards, Steve and Sue decided one night while heading West returning to their meager home to just keep going ... back to California.
In Arlington, Texas Steve called on God for the first time in his life, asking for that one break, that one door to be opened that would propel him into wrestling big time. Though not yet having given his life to Jesus, God answered Steve's prayer and Steve made it big. Real big. Steve found out that God has a sense of humor. Hardee's Restaurant hired Steve to endorse their foods.
After a number of lucrative matches and while checking out of a ritzy motel to catch a plane to see his family, Sting was approached for the first time by evangelists who prayed for Sting to accept Jesus. Their question to him was that if his plane went down, where would he spend eternity? That question haunted him during his flight.
The next time we see Sting he was no longer the neon Flash Borden but the baseball bat swinging black and white scorpion-clad Sting, the new WCW Heavyweight champion of the world. Soon Sting's descent into prescription drug abuse and drinking. began under the pressures of night life and glitter. But as God works in ways we cannot anticipate, soon another evangelist invited Sting to church. Though Sting turned down the invitation, another Seed was planted.
Marital trouble continued as Sting found a note from Sue in his luggage. As he headed to the hotel bar, Sue's note called to him. The note was how the two had drifted so far apart. Being rich and famous did not soothe the pain.
A visit to a Promise Keepers convention planted yet another Seed in Sting but he kept going. To Atlanta for 20,000,000 fans. The "spiritual glow faded in the light of being a superstar." Sue began to question Sting's fidelity but Sting kept up the showmanship, endorsements, appearances and other fame perks.
Some subsequent bizarre events which I will not reveal lead Sting into realizing his true need and what he needed to do about it. And it is a powerful moment.
While this is indeed and wonderful story of one man's battle and the lives that get entangled in his battle, a noble destination does not excuse some of the behaviors along the path to it. There were no uses noted of the three/four letter word vocabulary and no uses noted of the most foul of the foul word [Prov. 22:11] nor of God's name in vain with or without the four letter expletive, [Deut. 5:11] but as would be expected of a film about pro wrestling, this film contains many episodes of wrestling violence which might cause you concern. Some were rather vicious. [Rom. 12:18] Abuse of legal drugs, possession/consumption of illegal drugs and drinking with drunkenness might also cause you concern. [1Cor. 6:19 - 20] Three times the mano cornutto or horned hand, last item on the page, is sometimes used as a hand sign of recognition between Satanists -- is displayed by fans. Whether the fans intended to display the cornutto for unholy recognition is unknown, but I don't decide that for you. I just report on the content so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your family or yourself.
Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide which ages are suited to this level of entertainment programming.
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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.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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