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(2007), Not Rated [PG-NR*] (1hr 27min)

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April 7, 2011
April 7, 2011

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(2007), Not Rated [PG-NR*] ... treasure does not always come as gold

Production (US): Treasure Blind
Distribution - 2008 (US): Cloud Ten Pictures
Director(s): Brian Shoop
Producer(s): Travis Jones. Sam Rader
Writing Credits: Brian Shop
Cinematography/Camera: Richard Thompson
Music: Jeff Shoop
Film Editing: Richard Thompson
Production Design:
Art Direction: Mark Gullickson
Viewed on Cloud Ten Pictures DVD

A crotchety old man learns how to be the father he was not.

Many years ago, about 30, Cliff Edwards' (Brian Shoop) wife left him. With her she took their infant son, Jack (Joseph Shoop). Cliff did not even get to hold their son. When Jack learned to write, he wrote his father at each birthday. Cliff never answered even one of them.

Now, hurricane Katrina apparently took the life of Jack, leaving a young son, Henry (Daniel Brookshire). With Henry's mother and grandmother both dead, Jack's girlfriend took Henry temporarily. Jack's girlfriend was not prepared to keep Henry -- he is blind. As a baby a brain tumor stole Henry's eyesight. Now stands Jack's girlfriend with Henry at the doorstep of his cab driving, treasure hunting grandfather Cliff rudely (maybe desperately) ringing Cliff's doorbell. Cliff is now a grandfather ... for real.

Rewind a little. Cliff, who drives a cab for a living, is also a treasure hunter. He has evidence of Confederate gold bullion buried somewhere around Tulsa, OK. With what he believes to be a treasure map from 1865, Cliff spends every spare moment digging and searching for the hidden gold. Now his grandson Henry appears. His blind grandson who has needs that cannot be anticipated by one who has not even been a dad expect by biology is going to need all of his time. What do do?

Watch the show and you'll find out. It is not the point of this service to reveal the good features of films and we don't typically do that. We reveal for you the assaults on morality and decency so so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit. We tell you what is there ... you decide. While we give you detailed findings regarding the assaults on morality and decency, if we were to also give you accountings of the positive features of a film (which may present) it would spoil the film. I'll just share with you that treasure does not always come as gold.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 8 out of 100
This is a violent film. There is none of the guts and gore typical of Hollywood but there is more to violence than blood and slashing. The violence and/or crime content of Treasure Blind includes gunfire to kill, double physical assault, assault resulting in unconsciousness, beating injuries with blood and kidnapping of a child. A complete listing of the violence and/or criminal content is provided in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model.

A note about violence and what God tells us about it. He warns that violence is "catching." [Prov. 16:29] Lo and behold, whether intentional or even knowing it, man has finally become aware of God's wisdom regarding violence and agree with Him. Four professional public health agencies agreed jointly that, among other things, "viewing violence may lead to real life violence." Whether the appropriately "sanitized" violence in this film should be of concern to you, mom/dad, is not our call to make regarding your children. It is your call. We just tell you what is there and what God says about it ... you decide.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 62 out of 100
Because of lying, rudeness, animosity, hatred and abandonment of a bound father by his son, this investigation area found enough content for the film to earn PG-equivalent score in this investigation area. [Phil. 4:8] Let not the ways of the world lead you.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
The only instance of sexually immoral behavior in the entire 87 minutes of the show was the off-camera intercourse that brought about Henry. While the resulting child is blessed, having intercourse while not married (or extramarital) is sin. Indeed, God's admonitions about immoral sex can be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. Remember folks, I did not write the Rules. The One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there did.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No use or possession of illegal drugs, no alcoholic beverages and no tobacco were found. Neither was there any abuse of prescription drugs found.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Not one time was God's name abused. Neither were there any instances of occultism, witchcraft, sorcery, Satanism, necromancy or the like.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No one was murdered and no one committed suicide.


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  • 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 "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, 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 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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.]


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

    Treasure Blind (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 8 out of 100
  • planning robbery, expecting deaths
  • gunfire to kill with injury
  • military firearms
  • abuse of employment
  • image of injured man presumed dead
  • criminals planning crime to extort gambling debt payoff
  • double physical assault
  • additional physical assault, repeatedly, once with loss of consciousness
  • beating injuries with blood
  • breaking and entering
  • bounding of two
  • kidnapping of a child
  • threat to burn down house

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 62 out of 100
  • lie, repeatedly
  • adult tantrum, twice
  • rudeness
  • grandfather showing animosity toward grandson and son
  • abandonment of father bound

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
  • unmarried pregnancy (off camera)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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