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‘Captivated’ ~ CFDb Movie Review and Highest Recommendation

‘Captivated’ ~ CFDb Movie Review and
Highest Recommendation



WE ARE SURROUNED BY SCREENS. Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison? Should we be celebrating unreservedly or should we be cautious and skeptical? Is it the greatest leap in productivity or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life? Has today’s connectivity drawn us closer to one another or strangely more disjointed? Is our social experience richer and deeper or more shallow and artificial? Is it all of these things or none of them? Discover insightful answers to these questions from media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country.

Most importantly you will discover how God’s word addresses the unique media challenges we face today. Special appearance by Kerby Anderson, Dr. Ted Baehr, Mark Bauerlein, Phil Chalmers, Ray Comfort, Dr. Dimitrie Christakis, Trace Embry, Melissa Henson, Maggie Jackson, Al Menconi, Dr. David Murray, Dr. Jeff Myers, Raul Ries, Dick Rolfe, Joe Schimmel, Kevin Swanson, Bob Waliszewski, Dr. David Walsh, Major Phil Willis, Tim Winter AND KP Yohannan

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WOW – What a fantastic documentary!  Here are some highlights:

  • Very unique beginning – makes you question what in your own life is shallow or artificial.
  • In most homes there are more Television Sets than people.  Scary statistic.
  • Media and music are some of the biggest stumbling blocks to spirituality.  Now that is VERY scary since I know how music and media are literally overtaking people’s lives.
  • Statistics showing that children under the age of 2 should never even be exposed to television.
  • This was one of the most interesting parts for me – when we multitask we lose speed, efficiency and accuracy.  Ouch.  Our brains weren’t meant to multitask, we were meant to truly focus on one thing at a time.
  • Fascination about how the movies began and how the rating systems came into being.  You’ll be surprised!
  • Great quote by Groucho Marx – you’ll have to watch to find out!  Love the definition of amuse too!
  • Amazing section about ADHD and what works.  Pay close attention to this section.
  • The dangers of games and how addicting they are…even the really innocent ones.  Speaking from personal experience.  There was a time when I wasn’t that busy during the day and I would play these silly games on the computer by Incredigames.  I would sometimes play for hours.  I was completely addicted.  I would rather play games than do anything else.  What’s interesting is that I would dream about playing the games too, so I knew they were affecting my mind.  I had to quit completely, but it’s so addicting that even while typing this, I’m thinking about games and how I would love to play one right now.  SCARY!  I haven’t played in over 6 months, but I still have the desire…It’s definitely a waste of time.

I heard a sermon once that mentioned that Satan likes to waste your time, but God wants us to redeem the time!  Exact opposites!

Ephesians 5:15-17 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.


So…this film brought some strong conviction into my life and part of that conviction was to take a media fast.  Of course I can’t quit watching the Christian media, as I’m responsible for reviewing Christian films, but I can take a fast from regular TV in general and that is exactly what I intend to do.  This will give me some extra time to spend with God in His Word in the evening, instead of just in the morning.  I’m looking forward to it and yet I know full well that the goal is to make it a habit NOT to watch TV in the evenings to relax.

Reading is the most relaxing thing, but I normally choose TV just because it’s what I’m used to.  I want to challenge you to do the same.  Watch this film and share your thoughts.  Take the challenge too!  There is also a Group Study Guide.  You can purchase this Guide on the same page where you can purchase the DVD.


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