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Taken 2 Censored for Lower Rating in UK

The More Lucrative 12A Rating Demanded Cuts

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:

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 rating but that their preferred 12A rating could be achieved by making changes to three scenes. These were to reduce elements of violence and threat. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal classification, the scenes had been reduced and the film was consequently rated 12A.

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.

Release: Sep 16, 2012 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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