WHY WE CARE


Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

YOUR STORIES


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"

SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Album Review

The British prog-rock trio Muse, led by singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy, is among the biggest draws in Europe. Yet Muse has, until recently, mostly flown under the radar Stateside. The fact that The Resistance debuted at No. 3, however, suggests that the band has begun to break through to American audiences.

Even if you’re unfamiliar with Muse, you’d likely recognize the arena-rock influences on this ambitious effort. The band’s homage to Queen is impossible to miss. Comparisons to U2, Radiohead, Depeche Mode and even ELO are also apropos. The band blends epic rock riffs with symphonic orchestration, so much so that The Resistance sounds at times like a sci-fi soundtrack.

And it turns out that’s not far off. The Resistance is a concept album about an Orwellian regime. Paranoia rules as two lovers foment the titular resistance … then bid farewell to Earth forever. In that sense, it’s not unlike Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown—except for the fact that the conclusion is way more cosmic.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Several songs ("Uprising," "Unnatural Selection" and "Resistance") speak positively—if vaguely—about the importance of truth. On the title track, Bellamy cries, "We can’t hide the truth inside." "Uprising" raises a defiant fist in the face of dehumanizing totalitarianism ("They will not control us/We will be victorious"). A man perhaps has a romantic partner’s best interests in mind when he suggests, "I want to reconcile the violence in your heart/ … I want to exorcise the demons from your past" ("Undisclosed Desires"). "Guiding Light" laments the loss of someone dear ("You were my guiding light"). "I Belong to You" ponders how love might heal someone’s brokenness.

That already mentioned cosmic conclusion is quite existential. The three-part finale, "Exogenesis," chronicles the departure of a few souls who’ve been selected to propagate the human race elsewhere in the cosmos. "Symphony Part 1 (Overture)" ponders the big questions: "Who are we? Where are we? When are we? Why are we?" "Part 2 (Cross Pollination)" brims with hope as the celestial explorers embark. And in "Part 3 (Redemption)" we hear that they believe they have a chance to undo mankind’s mistakes ("Let’s start over again/ … This time we’ll get it right/Last chance to forgive ourselves").

Objectionable Content

The ever-present specter of apocalypse yields pessimism, apathy and hopelessness on several tracks. Prayers are deemed naive on "Resistance" ("Kill your prayers for love and peace"). Religion is labeled a "mind virus" on "Unnatural Selection." Similarly, "Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture)" rejects the idea of a good God ("Trapped in God’s program/Oh, I can’t escape"). "Uprising" offers an approving nod to the New Age idea of a mystical third eye ("If you could flick the switch and open your third eye/You’d see that/We should never be afraid to die").

"Undisclosed Desires" hints at a sexual undercurrent in a relationship ("I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart"). Lines that follow imply promiscuity, duplicity and lost innocence ("You trick your lovers/That you’re wicked and divine/You may be a sinner/But your innocence is mine").

Summary Advisory

Matt Bellamy and Co. swing for the fences on The Resistance, both musically and lyrically. Big? Yup. Pretentious? Maybe. Or definitely if symphonic rock paired with existential space opera isn’t your bag.

Muse repeatedly tells us that truth is important and suggests that fighting for it matters. Along the way to the stars, however, God as the guide to that truth unfortunately get jettisoned.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!