Taken 2 Censored for Lower Rating in UK
In 2008, an action movie surfaced that barely anyone had on his radar: Taken. It hit hard and had Liam Neeson starring in a role that suited him perfectly, showing a side of him that was rather unknown.
Next to the commercial success, it also scored tremendously in the financial department (hauling in 227 million worldwide theatrically while having a reasonable budget of 25 million Dollar). Therefore, it was no surprise that a sequel was underway. In late 2012, the cinematical start of Taken 2 isn't far away anymore. While the US get a PG-13 version that is very likely to be censored (just like Taken was), the UK will also have to deal with a toned-down theatrical version.
As the BBFC's database shows, the lucrative 12A rating was only achievable by making cuts in three places while a BBFC 15 was available for the uncut version:
The first film had to face a similar fate but came out later as an "Extended Harder Cut" on Blu-ray and DVD. It's not far-fetched to propose this for the sequel as well.
Taken 2 starts in British theaters on October 4th, 2012 and in US cinemas on October 5th, 2012.
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