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GOD
Intro Question Ideas
1.  “If you had to pick somebody other than God to be God, who would you pick?”
2.  If you were God how would you do things differently? 
3.  What things do you think God could do to prove He was true? 

• I-Robot
One robot asks Spooner if “the maker” put us all on earth for a reason, and what happens to us once that reason is fulfilled. A woman, in saying that humans are limited in some ways, asks a man if he can walk on water. 
He says no, “but there was this one guy a long time ago ...”

• King Arthur
Lancelot angrily asks, “Is this the work of your God?” But when Lancelot boasts that he kneels to no god, Arthur says, “No man fears kneeling before a God he trusts.”

• Artificial Intelligence
A scientist remarks that his ambition to create a robot that can feel is similar to God's. "In the beginning, didn't God create Adam to love him?" he asks



IMAGE OF GOD
• I-Robot
“Can a robot write a symphony? Can it take a blank canvas and turn it into a masterpiece?” asks Spooner.

• Toy Story
Buzz' revelation that he is just a toy -and his decision to be the best toy possible

• Toy Story 2
The story operates under the premise that toys are meant to be played with and enjoyed by children, subtly vilifying collectors who prize the item, but miss the point.  We find our purpose is serving God.



JESUS
• Spiderman
Only once does Peter use his newly acquired hyper-strength for less-than-honourable purposes. He punches out a bully, but later expresses remorse and concern for the boy's condition. 

Uncle Ben underscores the importance of restraint when he tells Peter, “Flash Thompson probably deserved it. But just because you can beat him up, doesn't give you the right to.” Ben's last prophetic words to Peter become Spider-Man’s call to action: “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility” (echoing Luke 12:48).

• Bicentennial Man
A character claiming to be more than just human 1:46:00 – 1:49:00

• Evita
A manipulative leader tells the people what they want to hear
1:06:20 – 1:13:23

• Forrest Gump
Goes running, gains a following 1:53:20

• Forrest Gump
With Lt Dan finding out about Jesus 1:18:00



JESUS – HUMANITY
• Spiderman 2
Even when his Spidey powers fail him, he puts his life on the line to save others, leaving us with a potent reminder that we don't have to have superpowers to do good and help those around us.

• Toy Story 2
Buzz explains, "Woody once risked his life to save me. I couldn't call myself his friend if I wasn't willing to do the same."



THE CROSS
• X-Men 2
Friendship and self-sacrifice are commended. Jean Grey sacrifices herself to save her X-Men team

• Lord of the Rings 3 
To draw the eye of Sauron and buy Frodo and Sam time to destroy the ring, Aragorn, Gimli, Gandalf, Legolas, Merry and many others march to certain death at the Black Gate. Good triumphs, though just as in real life, there are costs involved and casualties endured.

Star Trek
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few—or the one.” Spock

Master and Commander
They recite the Lord's Prayer before burying dead comrades at sea

Spiderman 2 
Aunt May that a moment of wrong thinking (he wanted revenge instead of justice) caused the chain of events leading up to Uncle Ben's death, he expresses genuine sorrow for what he did, and it's easy to see a resolve building inside of him never to do it again. "Uncle Ben was killed that night for being the only one who did the right thing," he laments



DEATH OF JESUS
• Brokendown Palace
Girl admits crime to see her friend pardoned 1:24:00 – 1:27:00

• Vertical Limit
Father sacrifices himself to save his child 2:00 – 6:00

The Princess Bride
Someone makes a daring rescue 42:20 – 43:20

Mask of Zorro
Zorro makes a daring rescue

• The Mission
A slave trader repents and seeks to be forgiven. For penitence he has to carry a huge weight up a cliff to where the natives live at the top of the falls. At the top of the climb the weight is cut off
0:41:18



RESURRECTION
• Matrix Trilogy
Both Trinity and Neo have a death and resurrection to new life. The idea of life through death is a clear biblical insight.


RETURN OF CHRIST
Lord of the Rings 3 
"We've come to it at last, the great battle of our time." Gandalf

BIBLE
A number of movies have mistakes in them. It can be fun to show a movie that has mistakes and see if the students can point them out.
A quick visit via a search engine will turn up dozens of sites. Try movie bloppers and see what is out there. 


GOSPEL
• Amistad (R)
Possibly one the best presentations of the gospel in a film. The story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection is shown in detail via a picture Bible acquired by Cinque, the leader of the captured Africans and he explains who Jesus is to another slave.


PROPHECY
• Matrix
There are numerous references to Neo being ‘the One’.  A great quote you will need to see the movie to get it correctly, as I am doing this one by memory)
Trinity says “If Neo is ‘the one’ then there is nothing we can do to stop him from being ‘the one’ but if he is not ‘the one’ there is nothing we can do to make him ‘the one’.

JUDGMENT
• Lord of the Rings 3 
Gimli lobbies for killing Saruman, but Gandalf shows mercy

Lord of the Rings 3 
“Bilbo should have killed Gollum when he had the chance.” And Gandalf says, “Be careful how you deal out judgment. Many that live deserve death and some that die deserve life. Be careful how you deal out judgment—Gollum has a part to play in this journey.”



HEAVEN
• Matrix trilogy
Zion - The holy city of God. The kingdom on earth. "On earth as it is in heaven" (Mat 6:10). "And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Mat 16:18). Also, Isaiah 14:32 (Message Bible): What does one say to outsiders who ask questions? Tell them, "God has established Zion. Those in need and in trouble find refuge in her."

• Lord of the Rings 3 
Gandalf and Pippin talk about death and the afterlife in a way that invites comparison to the Christian understanding of heaven. When their battle seems lost, Pippin says, "I never thought it would end like this," to which Gandalf replies, "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. There's another path we all must take. The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back, and it will change to the silver clouds, and then you see it. ... White shores and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise." It comforts Pippin to know that there is more beyond this life. The elves depart for the Gray Havens, a heavenly resting place that will also be shared by Bilbo and Frodo.

• Finding Nemo
"All drains lead to the sea," Nemo’s tank mates



SIN
• Spiderman
Only once does Peter use his newly acquired hyper-strength for less-than-honourable purposes. He punches out a bully, but later expresses remorse and concern for the boy's condition. Uncle Ben underscores the importance of restraint when he tells Peter, “Flash Thompson probably deserved it. But just because you can beat him up, doesn't give you the right to.” Ben's last prophetic words to Peter become Spider-Man’s call to action: “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility” (echoing Luke 12:48).
Hebrews 5:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin.”

King Arthur
A man protests that he doesn't kill for fun. He companion urges him to try. “You might get a taste for it,” he says.



DISCIPLESHIP 
• Matrix
Neo must choose between the red pill and the blue pill - the ability to see the world as it really is, and the illusion of the world as he knows it.

• Lord of the Rings 3 
Sam as he urges Frodo on toward Mordor (in their darkest moment, he picks up an exhausted Frodo and tells his burdened master, "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you").

Lord of the Rings 3
Elrond then delivers the sword in person and tells a reluctant Aragorn to fulfil his calling and inherit the throne ("Put aside the ranger. Become who you were born to be. ... Give hope to men").

Lord of the Rings 3
Sensitive to the grief over his son Boromir's death, Pippin offers his life in service to the steward—a life for a life since Boromir died rescuing him from Orcs.



FREE WILL – PREDESTINATION
• I-Robot
Can a machine do that? And if a man “kills” a robot, is it murder? What if a robot kills a man? Can it be “murder” if it was programmed to do it? And if so, who's to blame, the robot or the programmer? Does a robot have enough free will to defy its programming?

SERVANTHOOD
• Lord of the Rings 3
Stung by Gondor's no-show at the battle, Theoden asks, "Why should we ride to the aid of those who did not come to ours?" yet he acquiesces and boldly lends support when the moment arrives.


PRODIGAL SON
• Lord of the Rings 3 
Denethor is a tragic leader who refuses to relinquish his throne to the reigning king and pays a terrible price for his pride. His surviving son, Faramir, provides a sad study of a man's desperate need for his father's approval—and a father's need to love all of his children equally and unconditionally.

Finding Nemo
Nemo doesn’t run away, but his rebellion certainly leads to him losing his relationship with his father, his security and his freedom, just as the son did in Jesus’ Luke 15 tale. Marlin repeatedly warns Nemo of the danger he’s putting himself in, but Nemo doesn’t listen.


SPIRITUAL GIFTS
• Lord of the Rings 3 
Even "weaker vessels" Eowyn and Merry lobby for a chance to fight. While they're not taken seriously by the warrior males of the group, both play critical roles in turning the battle



JOHN THE BAPTIST
• Matrix Trilogy
The Oracle is like a John the Baptist who comes before Neo to lets people know who Neo is.

• Lord of the Rings 3 
Gandalf is accountable to a higher power, as evidenced in his statements: "My work here is finished," "Now come the days of the king. May they be blessed," and "Authority is not given to you to deny the return of the king!"



SEX AND LOVE
• 50 First dates
Sex and love are not the same thing, and only a sacrificial, long-term investment can satisfy the relational longings of the heart. Henry’s tireless attempts to "meet" and show his love for Lucy models 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. He’s sensitive to her emotional fragility. He labours to produce a video of their time together so that, each morning, she can pop it into the VCR and start the day with some context of their relationship.

In the final scene, we learn that the couple eventually marry and have a child, suggesting years of longsuffering on Henry’s part. And because Lucy’s condition is incurable, there’s no reason to believe his situation will get any easier for years to come. Still, he keeps giving.



PRAYER 
• Spiderman
Aunt May’s bedtime recital of the Lord’s Prayer turns into a plea for deliverance from a villain.

• X-men 2 
Nightcrawler is spiritually minded, knowledgeable about scripture (reciting several verses from memory) and prayerful. Besides praying the Rosary, when facing adversity he prays the Lord’s Prayer and recalls Psalm 23. His devotion is portrayed as genuine, never an excuse for some deviancy or character flaw

• Master and Commander
After a ship mate dies the crew recites the Lord’s Prayer.


ANGELS
• I-Robot
The chief inventor of the robots made by U.S. Robotics is Dr. Alfred Lanning, and he built into them three laws: Law I) Robots may not harm a human being and must prevent humans from being harmed. Law II) Robots must do whatever they’re told unless it conflicts with Law I. Law III) Robots must protect themselves unless doing so conflicts with the first two laws. 
But do the laws really work?


CONSCIENCE
• Spiderman 2 
Aunt May reinforces the idea when she says, "I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble and finally allows us to die with pride."

King Arthur
One knight, Bors, has fathered so many children that he gives them numbers instead of names. Still, he is not married to their mother. [Spoiler Warning] When Arthur and Guinevere marry at the end, Bors sulks to one of the kids, “Now I’ll have to marry your mother.”

Amistad
John Quincy Adams presents his case to the Supreme Court; he calls on them to recognize "right" and "wrong." They do so.


GOING THROUGH HARD TIMES
• The Apostle
"I love you, Lord," he rants, "but I'm mad at you!"

• X-men 2
When Storm and Jean Grey locate Nightcrawler in a Boston cathedral, he motions toward a statue of Jesus on the cross, and reverently wonders if the Lord is not teaching him something through his present trials (he’s being falsely blamed for the attack on the President).
 
 

MEANING OF LIFE
• Zoolander
"I’m sure there must be something more to life than being really, really good looking," muses Derek. "I’ve got to find out what that is."



ANGER
• Movie that have anger as a theme
Anger Management, X2, 8 Mile's, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

• Hulk
You'd better watch that temper of yours," David Banner to his genetically altered son in “The Hulk.”

Falling Down
Michael Douglas shot up a fast-food joint because he wanted it "his way,"

The Matrix 
 "Guns lots of guns!" 

Gangs of New York
Poverty

• American Beauty
Parental abuse or neglect: Conclude that "love is the answer," but not until they have served up the vicarious satisfactions of violent confrontation, sarcastic vitriol, and the humiliation of the hero's enemies.

• American Beauty
The roses that appear throughout the movie are symbols of hypocrisy, for example the roses in the house denote that the house itself is a hypocrisy; the outside of the house is beautiful and what goes on inside is complete opposite of the external appearance. another example is the rose itself meaning that a rose is beautiful when you look at it far away but up close its in a way painful looking because of its thorns, everything in the world is could look beautiful but it can also hurt


DRUGS AND ADDICTION
• Lord of the Rings 3
The Beginning of Lord of the Ring 3 gives the background to Gollum, Have this section and the last section of Gollum falling into the pit.
Possible questions.
Is Gollum driven more by addiction or evil?
How does the pull of the ring change Gollum?
How has the ring added to Gollum’s life?
How has the ring destroyed Gollum’s life?
What are some things that people can be addicted to today?
How is Gollum’s addiction different to a drug addict?
Whether someone choses to become addicted or falls into it, it can change their life – How could you help a person deal with their addiction?
Some groups believe the first step is to admit that you have a problem? Do you think this helps?
Christians believe the first step back to God is to admit to Him that you are a sinner and need his help? What is your response?
See Mark 5:1-21

Interview with the actor who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings
They have said, “There but for the grace of God go me. I wonder how I would have dealt with the responsibility if I had had this powerful drug thrust upon me or given to me. Would I have the moral stature to deal with it? I don’t think most people would have had the stature to deal with it. I think most people would have been consumed by it. It’s a very potent, powerful thing.


HOW CAN I BE CERTAIN?
• Indiana Jones & Last Crusade
At the end of the movie Indiana has to go through 3  ‘tests’ to get to the grail so he can save his father - the last is the leap of faith 1:42:30-1:44:24

Nemesis
Near the beginning while looking for B4 the 3 crew are attacked,  sothey drive the 4WD craft off a cliff to where data has placed the space ship ready to catch them

• Vertical Limit
Leap across the chasm 1:38:00 - 1:40:00

X-Men
A person is saved through a unique power 1:17:23 - 1:24:38



GUIDANCE 
• The Matrix
Neo is guided by the phone 11:55 -15:36

Chariots of fire
Eric tells his sister God makes me fast
55:10 - 56:50

• Tomb Raider
After a long search the hero finally finds the treasure
1:13:00 - 1:16:00



CREATION
• Contact
Shows the grandeur of creation 0:00 - 06:00

HOLY SPIRIT
• Legally Blonde
We are all different but the Holy Spirit lives in all of us 20:00 - 22:00

X-Men
Each of the mutants has a different gift and need the whole to achieve the different goals that they do Thus, Everyone has a particular gift to offer
25:30 - 28:15
Romans 12


RESISTING EVIL
• Return of the Jedi
Fight Emperor of Darkness 1:32:35

• Empire Strikes Back
Fights Darth Vader 1:42:13


EVANGELISM
• A Knight's Tale
A great preacher presenting his message 33:00-36:00



CHURCH
• A Knight's Tale
Will rides into a church following a girl 19:00 - 23:00

Remember the Titans
Team working together as one body 46:00 - 49:00

• Mr Bean (TV)
Goes to Church


MEANING OF LIFE
• I-Robot
The robot Sonny tells Detective Spooner that we all have a purpose. What is purpose? Where does it come from? Is it something with which we are "programmed," as it were? If so, who programs it? Is it possible to create purpose for ourselves? If so, how? What happens when different people's understandings of purpose conflict with one another?

INTERVIEWS: John Rhys-Davies (GIMLI)
Lord of the Rings
I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization.
I have had the ideal background for being an actor. I have always been an outsider. I grew up in colonial Africa. And I remember in 1955, it would have to be somewhere between July the 25th when the school holiday started and September the 18th when the holidays ended. My father took me down to the quayside in Dar-Es-Salaam harbour. And he pointed out a dhow in the harbour and he said, “You see that dhow there? Twice a year it comes down from Aden. It stops here and goes down [South]. On the way down it's got boxes of machinery and goods. On the way back up it’s got two or three little black boys on it. Now, those boys are slaves. And the United Nations will not let me do anything about it.”
I mean… the abolition of slavery comes from Western democracy. True Democracy comes form our Greco-Judeo-Christian-Western experience. If we lose these things, then this is a catastrophe for the world.
But if Tolkien’s got a message, it’s that “Sometimes you’ve got to stand up and fight for what you believe in.” He knew what he was fighting for in WW1.

Elijah Woods (Frodo)
You play a hero in this film who sacrifices all that he has in him but ultimately fails. He succumbs to the addiction of the Ring. And he is saved from the fate of Gollum and Isildur by chance or fate or providence or whatever you want to call it…
Wood:  It’s mercy. It’s in the book: It’s Frodo’s mercy for Gollum that destroys the ring. Had Frodo killed Gollum, he would have possibly gotten to Mount Doom and he would have kept the ring for himself and the world would have been doomed. [It was because] he saw a kinship in Gollum and had an understanding and an empathy with Gollum that Gollum stayed alive and ultimately impeded upon Frodo’s own destruction, which destroys the ring.




MORAL DECISION MAKING
• Lord of the Rings
Interview Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn)
 It’s wrong to say, “Because you’re a plumber, a taxi driver, a journalist, an actor, unemployed, a single mother… you don’t have a right to say anything.” The history of the United States and other nations [shows that the practice of] leaving to those who govern the moral decision-making and the course of the country has not been a very successful one.

FREEDOM
• I-Robot
Detective Spooner tells Sonny, "You'll have to find your way like the rest of us ... that's what it means to be free." 
Do you agree? 
What does it mean to be free? 
What sorts of freedom do we have as "slaves" to God's law? 
Are those who do not follow God "free," and if so, in what sense? (See Romans 7:25)



Other places for Movie Themes
Movie Ministry
The Damaris Trust (see their CultureWatch section) 
Movie Parables
Movie Theme Index
Movie Theology: Movie Reviews and Resources
Film Education  (Film Library section has free downloadable discussion guides for use in secular, public classrooms.) 
Plugged In  (Focus on the Family) 
Screenit.com (Detailed discussion of the moral content of most movies.) 
The Internet Movie Database