reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
What is SEXUAL IMMORALITY? Answer
Sexual abuse of children
The evil practice of some who manipulate naive people using biblical-sounding language
Robbery in the Bible
What does Scripture say about STEALING? Answer
What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Is it just “bad people” that are sinners, or are YOU a sinner? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
The importance of confessing/acknowledging your sins to God
The importance of true repentance
What does God say about FORGIVENESS OF SIN? Answer
PRAYER—Tips for new and growing Christians
Why aren’t my prayers answered? Answer
Prayer in the Bible
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
Jeff Bridges … Father Daniel Flynn
Chris Hemsworth … Billy Lee
Dakota Johnson … Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm … Laramie Seymour Sullivan
Nick Offerman …
Katharine Isabelle … Auntie Ruth
Manny Jacinto … Wade
Cynthia Erivo … Darlene Sweet
Alvina August … Vesta Shears
Lewis Pullman … Miles
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|Director:||Drew Goddard—“The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)|
|Producer:||Twentieth Century Fox
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|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
A grim, twisted and grisly display of dark human depravity
The El Royale Hotel. What once was a promising beacon of promise, full of residents and guests from all over the country has now, in the 1960s mind you, become a place of filth, forgotten by many, except those who truly wish to seek it out, for one reason or another.
Enter our four guests of the El Royale: a priest named Father Flynn (Jeff Bridges), Darlene, an up and coming singer, Emily (Dakota Johnson), a criminal on the run, Dwight (Jon Hamm), a supposed “salesman.” Upon signing the registry, everyone agrees that they all wish to be left alone and go about their business, whatever that may be. However, their lives are about to become more intertwined than they originally intended. At the El Royale, not everyone is who they say they are; everyone has a past, and this Hotel may just be their undoing.
Just when I thought Hollywood couldn’t sink any lower in terms of immorality, out comes “Bad Times…,” which, for all its cinematic mastery (truly, there wasn’t a cinematic quality that wasn’t on point, with perhaps the pacing in the final act), is a completely, unethical film that sticks its nose up at God and everything Christians stands for.
In addition to the plethora of violence, language and disturbing sexual content (involving very young teenage girls and an older male!!), there are even moments in the film where characters outright attack Christianity in subtle and not so subtle ways. ***SLIGHT SPOILER*** A supposed priest ends up not being a priest and states why he chose that disquise—because people tend not to question priests or their motives. A secondary character, Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth), plays a cult leader who states that there is no God, we choose what is right and wrong—and that you are your own god).
I could go on and on with this issue (and yes there are some spiritual issues I actually CAN draw from this film that I will discuss later, if you are so inclined to read on, though I can’t imagine why), but if what I haven’t already stated hasn’t deterred you yet, let me state that the film is rated R for a reason, and I firmly believe that it could have easily scored an NC-17.
Sexual Content/Dialog: Extreme. *If you are seriously considering viewing this movie, I STRONGLY advise reading this portion of the review.* The hotel manager, Miles, goes into some incredibly graphic descriptions about events he’s spied on that have occurred in the various hotel rooms, including beastiality. (I will NOT go into these as it is not appropriate.) The character Billy Lee (Hemsworth) is portrayed as one (notice I say ONE) of the most morally depraved characters, as all the members in his cult are young female girls (mostly teenagers) that are physically and sexually obsessed with him. In one scene, he has two teenage girls fight each other to earn the right to sleep with him. He talks about being aroused by young girls. He is also seen caressing many of the teenage girls during a bonfire. Teenage sexual assault is implied in one scene between a daughter and her father. Adult sexual assault is referenced as having occurred throughout the hotel, and related discussions occur multiple times throughout the film. Shown from the rear, a man strips naked in front of a young female stranger as he goes to swim in the ocean. There are talks about prostitution, and one woman is called a whore.
Violence: Two characters are shot at close range with a shotgun (one with blood splattering onto the screen and one character is shown hitting the floor and blood spilling from him). There is stabbing and slicing. A kidnapped girl is dragged across the floor, tied to a chair and we witness bruises and marks all over her face and body. A character knocks a female character out with a glass object. A character poisons a drink. Two female characters are seen fighting each other. A daughter is abused by her father and knocked to the ground. Another character is shot in the face. There is an extensive fight scene where people are tackled, kicked and punched. A female is shot while her sister watches emotionless.
Vulgarity/Profanity: Extreme— “motherf**ker” (1), other f-words (15+), “scr*wing,” “diddle,” “sh*t” (7), “a**-hole” (1), “a**,” “N*gro” (2). Profanity includes: “J*sus Chr*st” (2), “J*sus” (2), “G*d-d*mn” (1), and “H*ll” (3).
The character Billy Lee reminds me of our enemy, Satan—ever-real, ever present. In the film, Billy Lee tells his followers: “There is no God. We are God. We determine what is right and wrong.”
Those who struggle in their faith must be on guard, because Satan watches and preys on people with the very words Billy Lee has spoken. Satan’s ultimate goal is to draw those who are close to God away from His presence, to separate us from God for all eternity.
Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer
Is Satan A REAL PERSON that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” —1 Peter 5:8-9
Satan will even take God’s Word and twist it to make it sound like it came from God’s Word, but it will be not be from God at all.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” -Acts 20:28-30
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” —2 Timothy 4:3-4
Stand firm in the Truth! Difficulties come and go, but our Lord is forever. Truths come and go with every social issue, but God’s Truth is the only Truth that can stand the test of time and can endure forever.
“He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.” —John 3:33
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” —Psalm 25:5
Before I go to the theater, I give every film a fair chance—a equal playing field. Occasionally, I look at some preliminary thoughts from others, but, in the end, everyone starts at square one. With “Bad Times…”, every part of me wanted to give this film some sort of chance, some hope that, despite it’s R-rating, I could by-pass the content and say, “Content aside, this film is okay for adults only.” But once again, Hollywood keeps digging a grave that grows deeper and deeper in sin and depravity, and “Bad Times” is just another example. In case I haven’t been clear, DO NOT see this film under any circumstances. There is nothing redeeming about this film. It’s certainly not for children; it’s not for adults; it’s not for Christians.
In the meantime, and in closing, pray for Hollywood. Pray hard, pray often. If this is what is being produced, pray for this world. For we Christians are sometimes the only testimony the rest of the world will ever see and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see some “good times” from Hollywood soon.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.