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(2006), R [R*] (1hr 41min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 12, 2006
42 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), R [R*] -- ...a sobering movie.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Studio Canal, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Paul Greengrass
Producer(s): Zakaria Alaoui, Mairi Bett, Tim Bevan, Michael Bronner, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Lloyd Levin
Written by: Paul Greengrass
Cinematography/Camera: Barry Ackroyd
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Clare Douglas, Richard Pearson, Christopher Rouse, Casting: Sig De Miguel, Daniel Hubbard, John Hubbard, Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich
Production Design: Dominic Watkins
Art Direction: Romek Delmata, Joanna Foley
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I will treat this United 93  movie as just that: a movie. A movie is entertainment. United 93  is not a documentary of one of the most atrocious acts of cowardice on the American people in the history of this great and noble nation. There is some file footage in the film, but it is still a movie.

United 93  is a best-guess but thoroughly researched recreation of the actual acts of nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists to commandeer four American commercial jet airliners on September 11, 2001 and fly two of them into the Twin Towers, one into the Pentagon and one in an empty Pennsylvania field. This act of malice and hatred killed 2,986 people. The Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941, which led to our declaration of war on Japan in World War II, killed 2403, fewer than 911.

This movie is centered on the United Airlines Flight 93, the flight that crashed in an empty field outside Shanksville, PA while ostensibly on its way to crash into the the White House or the United States Capitol building. Though this film is about real events, the behaviors and actions portrayed are not real.

United 93  is a sobering movie which portrays a vulnerability none of us would care to admit. It is a movie about an event that is indeed hard to take: a movie that will likely rile those of us whose hearts were crushed by the real events. But that is all it is -- a movie -- another movie that reveals the power of filmmaking to conjure emotions.

I am not going to spend a lot of time on the Summary/Commentary about this film due to the sensitivity of the sore spot it left t on the American people. But I will share with you His Word about the elements of this piece of entertainment about which He has things to say by His Word, not mine. Please remember that a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 3:31-32]

Though indeed a very violent movie [Prov. 13:2, Prov. 3:31], the in-flight actions, which includes the choice of language, is speculation on the part of the filmmakers. No one knows what was done or said except by the recordings and phone calls. Enough said about that.

The strongest reasons this film earned a score in the range of scores earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database is violence and profanity [Col. 3:8], including many uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] While abuse of God's name was expensive to the Offense to God investigation area score and ultimately to the final score of 42 out of 100, portrayal of thanking God for evil acts and evil acts "in the name of God" took their toll as well.

The listing of observations for this film are available in the Findings/Scoring section.

Most of you probably have already lifted up the families of those who were murdered "in the name of God" on September 11, 2001. Please consider another petition of Jesus to give the families an extra measure of peace and strength as their lives yet adjust to the loss. And give thanks for the strength of those who gave definition to "Greater love hath no man..." [John 15:13] by apparently taking action to save lives by laying down their own.


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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence], and choose none of his ways.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    ***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 Be not deceived: evil 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.)

    United 93 (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • graphic report of stabbings in-flight
  • disaster footage
  • replay of plane hitting skyscraper
  • planting explosives on self
  • abduction
  • in-flight murderous assault, repeatedly
  • images of dead bodies
  • nearly continuous sense of doom
  • hijacking of a loaded plane
  • bloody beating
  • bloody fighting, repeatedly
  • panic terror, repeatedly
  • bloody injuries

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • eight uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult in underwear
  • rear nudity
  • posters of excessive breast exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • false worship
  • assault of an attendant "in the name of God"
  • giving God the credit for assault
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 17 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • knife murder
  • murder of pilot and copilot
  • murder of hundreds by forcing planes to crash

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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