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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Virus (1999), R
CAP Score: 46, CAP ID: 2.14

Thomas A. Carder
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"Virus" was cybernetic gore and foul language. No less. No more. Violent and gory sequences of death and destruction at the "hands" of cybernetic devices/machines trying to take over the world was the central thrust of this movie. Machines attacked humans for about three-fourths of the movie. Machines also took over the bodies of their victims, thus creating a cybernoid -- with lots of slimey necrotic and devitalized flesh and innards hanging around. Threats and attacks with firearms saturated the movie like white on rice. Also was the use of a firearm to contemplate suicide and to commit sacrificial suicide. Oh yeah. Foul language peppered the script like salt on popcorn. God's name in vain was used frequently, both as God and as Jesus, with and without the four letter expletive.

It's just another Saturday nite sci-fi flick with new age morality and technology.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Virus (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost intermediate level points 16 times due to handling of a firearm for suicidal purposes, bloody field surgery, cybernetic gore, human gore, electrical torture, and impalement gore. Wanton Violence/Crime lost maximum level points nine times due to a space disaster terror sequence, a multiple violent deaths sequence, gory deaths by machine, and sequences of gore and terror by attacking machines.

Impudence/Hate (I)(1) lost no intermediate level points but lost maximum level points eight times due to the use of the most foul word of the three/four letter word vocabulary and once due to a muffled series of cussing.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost intermediate level points seven times due to the use of Christ's name in vain and maximum level points three times due to the use of His name in vain with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost no intermediate but lost maximum level points once due to a sacrificial suicide by incineration.

Other examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level, included

  • booze
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.)
  • threats and attacks with firearms
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothes
  • sexual reference
  • impalement injury
  • leaving a man to drown
  • death and attacks by cybernetic machine
  • presentation of blood
  • hostage terror
  • gunfire
  • sea storm terrors

    (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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary 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, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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