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Jack Reacher is Censored in British Cinemas

One Cut was Necessary to Secure the BBFC 12

Now that his Mission: Impossible franchise is up and running again, Tom Cruise has landed the next main role in the book adaptation Jack Reacher that may lead to another franchise in case it performs well at the box office. Fans of the book series aren't as happy though since they believe that Cruise is the wrong choice to embody the hero who is far more physical than the considerably small Hollywood star.

Furthermore, there are doubts regarding the level of violence. While Reacher acts quite uncompromising in the books, it remains to be seen how much of that will be shown in the film adaptation since it was rated PG-13. That rating may be favored by the financial department of the big studios but is still mostly despised by the cinemagoers. Still, this rating doesn't mean that there can't be things censored in other countries as the UK proves once again. The distributor chose to cut a scene with the astonishing duration of 2 seconds in order to achieve the lower BBFC 12 rating even though an uncut BBFC 15 was possible. Well, teenagers under 15 get pocket money, too, and it seems that they are to be lured into cinemas with this move:

Company chose to reduce two moments of violence (a woman being suffocated by a man and a man being hit over the head with a rock) in order to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.

In case the English customers get lucky, they'll get the uncensored version afterwards on DVD and Blu-ray. However, a little doubt remains since that's not always the case.

Jack Reacher starts in UK cinemas on December 26th, 2012 and a little earlier in the US on December 21st, 2012.

 

Release: Nov 13, 2012 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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