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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Thirteenth Floor (1999), R
CAP Score: 46, CAP ID: 1.26

Thomas A. Carder
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"The Thirteenth Floor" (R) -- was a true R-rated movie. Very surrealistic and warping of clean thought.

In this sci-fi movie, it is portrayed that all life is not of God's creation but is of electronic simulation: that there are thousands of layers of simulation, each with its own set of users to manipulate the simulated characters -- the 'puppets'. In a flash across the irises of the character, the user would possess the character's body to experience life as the character lived it with the user maintaining full grasp of his own life. This movie portrayed electronic geniuses in one of the simulated life layers as being the first to build a system to enable them to enter into other simulated life layers. A user's wife falls in love with one of the characters the user created and tries to warn and protect the created character. In the end, she ends up living with the created character. Rather confusing and somewhat bizarre. It won't be easier to figure out if you watch it.

"The Thirteenth Floor" was a moulage expert's labor of love. Plenty of blood and avulsed tissues, flesh blasting with firearms, bloodied dead bodies and more. If you watch this movie, in one scene you get to watch a knife being thrust into the body of a victim -- repeatedly. In another scene, you get to see the innards and brains of a victim get blasted out of him by gunfire. The movie was also a prompt to think in abstract terms of disconnect from reality. Sexual content was present as was foul language. Offense to God revealed much programming of total absence of God: that life is created and destroyed at the whim of users; of opposition to His Sovereignty.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.


NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • bloody shirt
  • bloodied dead bodies/murder victims
  • beating
  • firearms and threats with firearms, once inserted into the victim's mouth and once held against his head
  • threats to kill
  • kidnapping with injuries
  • attempted murder by choking/drowning and by firearms
  • bloody injuries including by firearms and beating
  • long sequence of staring into the open eyes of a bloodied dead man

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 12 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 15 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk style body piercing and tattoos
  • lie to gain release from legal custody
  • love of a simulated character

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adult in underwear in bed
  • prostitution with adultery
  • lustful comment about a woman
  • nude (covered) couple in bed
  • other (covered) nudity
  • brief partial nudity
  • ghosting of female anatomy through semi-transluscent clothing
  • cohabitation by an umarried heterosexual couple

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • at least four presentations of alcoholic beverages
  • want of drink to handle problems

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • talk of reincarnation
  • claim of creation of people and life by electronic means (simulation)
  • portrayal that people are simulations of users: that there are 1000s of layers of simulated life
  • lust for "godhood" and power over life and death
  • "Your are really a god"
  • general theme of total absence of God: that life is created and destroyed at the whim of users; of opposition to His Sovereignty

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • knife murder with seeing the knife entering the body of the victim
  • graphic murders, one presenting a bullet pass through the trunk of the victim and one through his head

    (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. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (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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