Saturday, March 23, 2013

Captivated Movie Review & Giveaway!

Have you been captivated?

Recently I saw a group of teens walking together.  I'm guessing they were all friends.  But, you wouldn't know it by the way they buried their noses in their smart phones, texting away.  Curiously I watched and waited for there to be audible conversation.  I waited a long time.  Their attention never wavered from their silent communication.  They walked silence.

Had they forgotten how to have a "normal" conversation or had the "normal" become the exception?

I wish this had been an isolated incident.  It was not.

Just last week, a mom friend of mine reported something I found quite unsettling.  She is currently attending nursing school.  As an intelligent, curious woman she seeks to understand WHY things work and the body as a whole system.  Given that fact, she asks questions during class.  Her 20-something counterparts ostracize her for doing so.  They prefer to "Google it, write it down and move on".  Which nurse would you rather have?

That generation of our future leaders has lost their sense of curiosity and submitted to the mind dulling, over saturation of media.

So now I ask, HOW have YOU been captivated?

Colossians 2:8
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Viewing Captivated by Philip Telfer, founder and president of Media Talk 101, was truly eye opening.  I had figured that since I don't own a smart phone and share family computer time from one common computer that media didn't have much hold over me.


Through compelling testimonies and interviews from Kerby Anderson, Dr. Ted Baehr, Mark Bauerlein, Phil Chalmers, Ray Comfort, Dr. Dimitri 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, Captivated breaks down 4 areas of struggle:

Media Consumption - showcasing the affects of non-stop "all you can eat media buffet" on the brains of our children.

"Our appetites as humans are trained."

Content  - Hollywood writes to impress THEIR peers.  Dubbed a "vast wasteland" in 1961, it's now a "toxic dump"

"If I could control the medium of the American motion picture, I would need nothing else to convert the entire communism."  Joseph Stalin

Captivity - Whatever you invest your time in, feeds your spirit.  Did you know the affects of videogame addiction parallels that of gambling?

Battleground - Media keeps you too busy to think about God.  There's a spiritual battle for hearts and minds as the enemy is interwoven in society.

What's the cure?

Though cutting back is an obvious answer, still more radical is the idea of a media fast.  Unplugged, there are testimonies from various adults AND kids who tell you first hand that though it was hard it first, they were blessed with better health, restoration of peace, sparking of deeper more meaningful conversations and relationships between parent and child and overall balance.  Families are being set free and restored!

I was blessed to review this documentary.  I'm also blessed to have one to giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a copy of this movie free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


  1. You are so right, Lisa and it sounds like a very interesting movie...I'd like to see it...hint hint

  2. ...totally too large influence in most families. I don't watch TV and still feel too much influence. thanks for sharing this post,

  3. It does sound like a great movie!!

  4. Thanks for the chance to win! I definitely think that the media and constant access to electronics is desensitizing us all - kids and adults - and it is getting worse all the time.

  5. I am painfully aware of the media overload! I would be interested in what this movie offers as a way to combat things like stores, restaurants, and billboards.

  6. Yes, media definitely plays too large of a role in today's society.

  7. This is an area of real struggle for a lot of people. I would love to see this movie! Thanks for this drawing! (Saw your FB post!)

  8. I do think it plays to great of an influence. It can be a very large struggle to balance

  9. I would love to win this DVD, if I don't I'll be buying it... So telling for our day!

  10. This is indeed intriguing! The world of education is getting swept into this as well with iPads in the classrooms and kindergarteners being taught how to Google. I know being a former kindergarten teacher now homeschool mom.

  11. Absolutely. We are strict with how many video games our sons play. It's amazing how they always crave more. I would really like to watch this movie.

  12. I dont facebook cause I felt it wasted too much time. What is it with not being able to just COMMUNICATE????? If it had stayed with it's basic use of friends talking and posting pictures it would have been great! But then they added games and entertainment and it was no longer just for communication. Now it's a TIME SUCKER that keeps you from doing more important things. Not only that but as the games became more prevalent the talking began to disappear. I became discouraged because I had limited my time on FB and couldn't get much out of that time because of all the nonsense I had to sift through! Too bad because for a while there it was incredible to catch up with old friends and faith leaders. I had a community to belong to which is nice. I have moved around a lot and don't really have a physical community around me. (Or for my children for that matter.) I think this kind of media preys on those that feel disconnected from their community and gives them a fake one that they then begin to cherish more than what's right in front of their noses. And REAL. AND GODLY.