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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.08

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LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (PG-13) -- Jolie displays magnificent acrobatics but that is not all.

Though amazingly light in foul language, increasingly typical of movies "acceptable" for our early teens (acceptable in the eyes of the Motion Picture Association of America anyway) is nudity [**]. Angelina Jolie displays magnificent acrobatics but that is not all that is displayed. Jolie as Lara Croft bares parts of her upper parts for the audience. In addition, Alex West (Daniel Craig), a previous cohort of Laura, steps fresh out of the shower obviously nude with only convenience objects hiding his genitalia. Though hidden from the audience they are NOT hidden from Jolie or an actress playing the part of a hotel maid -- both gaze upon his nakedness. I wonder if the computer game does the same.

In this "Summer-13" daughter of *Indiana Jones*, *James Bond* and *The Mummy Returns*, anthropologist and adventurer Lara, daughter of the famous anthropologist Lord Richard Croft (Jon Voight - her real dad) has a secret identity as a tomb raider. Finding an artifact from her father's escapades in a secret room of her mansion, Lara uses it to launch a search for the halves of an ancient triangular stone key, the Triangle of Light. The artifact reveals the locations of the halves of The Triangle of Light. The Triangle of Light also opens the secrets of an ancient tomb which will give the bearer power over time -- the "power of God" -- when the planets of our solar system line up. Another lineup of the planets, which happens once every 5000 years, is set to happen shortly.

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The Triangle of Light is needed and needed badly if seekers of power over time do not want to wait another 5000 years. Written instructions left by Lara's father direct her to Manfred Powell (Iain Glen). Powell, a corrupt attorney and member of the Illuminati is looking for the halves of the triangle, too. The Illuminati is a secret society of men who have been waiting 5000 years for the next planetary lineup. Alex West is in cahoots with the Illuminati, too. And so was another key character we would next expect. In the trailers there was something about these men being able to use the power over time to conjure up Hell but I did not notice it in the cut I saw.

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The film opens with a lengthy sequence of Lara doing routine exercise battle with a robot contraption built by her technical specialist Bryce (Noah Taylor). "Mothering" Lara with Bryce is her butler and standby soldier played by Chris Barrie. This segment is drenched in sensuous moves with equally sensuous dress, followed by a sensuous bath with sensuous movements which seem out of place for of bathing and saturated under sensuous music. I hope you get the focus of this part of the show -- a focus that will likely resonate in your 13 year old sons for a long time after leaving the theater, especially the side nudity of Jolie [Rev. 2:20, Luke 17:2].
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There is much adventure and disaster violence in this 93-minute film. Also present is quite graphic dangers and death by crushing/incising. There is also much automatic gunfire to kill, long sequences of attacks to kill, firearm and knife threats plus very graphic murder of Richard Croft by gunfire to the face [Hab. 2:12]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is intended to give you line-by-line accounting of the ignominious content of this film and I will leave the rest to it.
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If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • **"Nakedness" (nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating wanton nakedness with ill repute. What makes nudity okay in art if it is not okay in flesh?
  • Rev. 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality... [this applies to men as well]
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him [OR her] to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city [a guarded place such as a reign or regime] with bloodshed and establishes a town [a collective such as mob or gang] by crime!

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    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: (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • sci-fi attack sequence with gunfire and attempts to kill
  • reckless driving
  • much assault fire to kill, repeatedly
  • threats to kill, by firearm and knife
  • stone creatures coming to life to kill
  • death by sword
  • long sequences of attacks to kill
  • great fall
  • multiple injuries, some graphic
  • crushing/incising death
  • firearm threat to head
  • long fight
  • use of explosives to steal
  • breaking and entering to steal

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lie to gain favor
  • disrespectfulness/hatred expressed
  • massive tattoos
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • much use of camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • woman in tub with sensual maneuvers and music
  • sexual innuendo
  • suggestive eye movements
  • partial nudity, female and masked nudity, male
  • exposure of fellow characters to nudity
  • tease dress

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • offer of booze
  • smoking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • theme of magic by "astrology"
  • mysticism and mystical knowledge
  • portrayal of man being able to get the power of God
  • worship of false idols
  • mockery of faith
  • five uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • knife impalement resulting in death
  • repeat visuals of the death resulting from knife impalement
  • auto gunfire murder
  • gunfire murder to face

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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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    (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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