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(2004), R
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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), R -- It is greed, not love which launches one of the most famous wars...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Radiant Productions, Plan B Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Wolfgang Petersen
Producer(s): Winston Azzopardi, Wolfgang Petersen, Diana Rathbun, Colin Wilson
Written by: Homer (the Illiad)
Screenplay: David Benioff Cinematography/Camera: Roger Pratt
Music: James Horner
Film Editing: Peter Honess
Casting: Edward Mercieca, Lucinda Syson
Production Design: Nigel Phelps
Art Direction: Julian Ashby, Jon Billington, Andy Nicholson, Adam O'Neill
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

When Paris (Orlando Bloom), bother of Hector (Eric Bana), both sons of Trojan King Priam (Peter O'Toole), steals Helen (Diane Kruger) from Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) [Prov. 6:32] and darts off to Troy with her, Menelaus enlists the aid of his brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), ruler of Spartus to wage war on Troy. Menelaus uses the abduction of his wife Helen to disguise his plans to increase the Grecian empire. It is greed, not love which launches one of the most famous wars in history. [Eph. 5:3] The seemingly invincible and expert soldier Achilles (Brad Pitt) is Menelaus' most valuable warrior as well as his most irritating resource.

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Troy is a good example of the incompleteness of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system. Due to earning relatively high investigation area (thermometer) scores equivalent to G-rated movies in Drugs/Alcohol (D) and Murder/Suicide (M), to PG movies in Impudence/Hate (I) and to PG-13 movies in Offense to God (O), Troy earned a final score of 60 which places this film in the scoring range of PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database. However, Troy earned investigation areas scores equivalent to hard R-rated films Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Sexual Immorality (S), thus defining for you the areas of concentration.

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  • Prov. 6:32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.
  • Eph. 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him 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]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


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    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Troy (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • most graphic sword impalement (one you will not soon forget)
  • arrow, sword, spear, knife impalements, repeatedly, frequent, some very graphic
  • many battle deaths/killings and many dead bodies
  • battle gore, repeatedly, frequent, some very graphic
  • graphic hand-to-hand battle, repeatedly
  • long battle sequences
  • field surgery
  • brutal assault of a woman
  • several battle deaths by fire
  • additional instances of hard brutality
  • funeral pyres

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • women as toys and as barter tools
  • threat with knife to neck
  • deceit leading to hundreds of deaths
  • perverted gloating with victim's body

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • nude trio, one man and two women, in bed after night together
  • stripping for sex with partial nudity
  • open face kissing
  • pair together with partial nudity
  • below navel skin, male, threatening exposure of that which follows
  • a man exposing his full nudity to a woman
  • flash rear male nudity
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • full male side nudity
  • intercourse (off screen)
  • inappropriate touch
  • woman in bed nude after a night with a man
  • man and woman in bed together, repeatedly
  • thong nudity, male, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • much talk of servitude to and faith in false gods

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted (all killings and deaths were due to battle and were incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime)


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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 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.

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