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."


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!"


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.

Track Review

Even though popular music is currently traversing yet another stretch of the dreaded, guitar-exiled "Rock Is Dead" highway, someone forgot to tell a whole bunch of indie rock bands that just keep chugging along on the shoulders. I'm talking about groups like fun., Foster the People, The LumineersMumford & Sons and The Black Keys—just to name a few—that continue to build buzz as they whimsically lob arena-ready anthems onto pop singles charts otherwise dominated by EDM, R&B and rap practitioners.

"It's Time" adds Imagine Dragons to that list. The Las Vegas band's single from its debut album  Night Visions has been a steadfast presence on the alternative rock chart for much of 2012, creeping its way toward the Top 20 on the mainstream singles chart as well.

Credit for that goes to the band's skill at crafting big, catchy hooks. This song in particular features an infectious blend of clapping and mandolin—an instrument that's seen an unlikely revival this year. Lest that sound too much like the description of a Mumford & Sons song, however, Imagine Dragons also blends in piano and synthy rock elements, pushing the overall vibe closer to something you might expect from fellow Vegas natives  The Killers or perhaps The Fray.

Writing about Imagine Dragons' sound at allmusic.com, reviewer Gregory Heaney says, "While a move like this might seem overly ambitious for a freshman band, Imagine Dragons are able to pull the sound off, with songs like the already ubiquitous, seemingly soundtrack-ready 'It's Time' having no trouble worming their way into whatever part of the brain it is that likes to trap songs against listeners' will."

As for figuring out what the song is actually about once it worms its way into your mind, well, that's a bit more challenging than describing how it got there to begin with.

Take the opening verse, for instance: "So this is what you meant/When you said that you were spent/And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit/Right to the top/Don't hold back/Packing my bags and giving the Academy a rain check."

About the most I can immediately discern from lyrics such as those is that things seem to be moving in a positive direction, climbing out of the pit and moving toward the top of, well, something.

That vague but optimistic vibe continues throughout the rest of the song. "I don't want to ever let you down," frontman Dan Reynolds insists in the next verse, "I don't ever want to leave this town/'Cause after all/The city never sleeps at night."

The band revisits the theme of plodding your way out of the depths of darkness toward illuminated glory in the third verse, which speaks obliquely of a spiritual journey of sorts: "So this is where you fell/And I am left to sell/The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell/Right to the top/Don't look back."

And then the chorus: "It's time to begin, isn't it?/I'll get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit/I'm just the same as I was/Now don't you understand/That I'm never changing who I am?"

Those last two lines defy precise interpretation, and they do seem to push just a bit against what we've already heard. But in the overall context of the song's intent to keep moving upward, they still could be heard as a man's determination not to let critics push him from that path.

And speaking of paths, the one the band trods in the accompanying video feels like something straight out of  The Lord of the Rings … or perhaps the movie 2012. Under ashen and foreboding skies that wouldn't have looked out of place over Sauron's dark realm of Mordor, the four band members wander through a ruinous, post-apocalyptic desert complete with rusted vehicles and a structure that looks suspiciously like the Golden Gate Bridge protruding from the sand.

Then bassist Ben McKee buries a luminescent rock in the ground.

And the band runs.

Good thing, too, because a massive explosion soon erupts, hurling Reynolds skyward. It seems a bleak ending … until the explosion tears a hole in the dark blanket of clouds to reveal penetrating rays of (presumably) life-giving sunlight.

Just like the song, then, there seems to be here a genuine glimmer of hope amid the dimness.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range







Peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's rock chart, took up a half-year residence in the Alternative Top 10 chart and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 mainstream singles chart.

Record Label





February 14, 2012

On Video

Year Published



Adam R. Holz

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!