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JACK THE GIANT SLAYER <span>[3D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 113m 58s

Release date 22/03/2013

BBFCInsight Contains moderate fantasy violence and threat

Genre(s) Drama, Fantasy

Director(s) Bryan Singer

Cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/03/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is a live action adventure based on the classic fairy story about Jack and the beanstalk. One night the magic beans that Jack swapped for his horse sprout and carry his house and the adventurous Princess Isabel up to the land of the giants. Jack, along with Isabel's brave guards, must travel up the beanstalk to rescue her and defeat the giants before they can descend and attack Isabel's realm. The film is rated 12A for moderate fantasy violence and threat.

Scenes of fantastical fairy tale violence occur throughout the film as the humans and giants wage war against each other. In the extended battle that occurs towards the end of the film, human soldiers are hit by burning trees and giant cannonballs or stomped on by the giants. In return the giants are hit with arrows, including one which pierces a giant's tongue. There is no sight of blood or clear injury detail during this battle but these moments occur frequently and without breaks in the action for light relief. One giant is also stabbed in the back and shoved against a wall so that the blade is pushed in, killing him. Elsewhere, two human characters engage in a knife fight with sight of the blade piercing a shoe and an implied stab to the stomach. These scenes are also free of blood. In the final battle one giant dies when a beanstalk emerges from his mouth and neck. The injury is hidden by the growing beanstalk but the giant's eye is seen to pop out.

The fantasy threat stems from the computer animation giants who are depicted as gross, unattractive, violent creatures who bite the heads off livestock and humans as they rampage about. These deaths occur either off screen or in the distant background and remain free of detail. The giants pose a physical threat to the main characters at several points during the film and although there are occasional jokes to lighten the mood, the sense of danger persists for long periods of time.

There is also some mild bad language, including uses of 'piss' and 'bastard' and some scenes of kissing between the two main romantic leads.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd
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113m 58s
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Note to parents
This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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