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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 111m 2s

Release date 16/04/2010

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence

Genre(s) Action, Science Fiction

Director(s) Miguel Sapochnik

Cast includes Forest Whitaker, Jude Law, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/04/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

REPO MEN is a futuristic thriller about men who repossess expensive artificial organs when the owners and hosts of those organs fall behind on their repayments. It was passed ‘18’ for strong bloody violence.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ state that ‘Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury’. In REPO MEN, however, there is a scene in which the hero is shown wielding two knives as he fights his way through a group of men, stabbing them in the neck and cutting their throats in slow motion. He then also takes a claw hammer to hit people in the face with. The scene is both lengthy and gory and the use of slow motion places an emphasis on 'the infliction of pain and injury'.

REPO MEN also contains shots of surgical-style procedures in which people are cut open in detail before artificial organs are removed from their insides. In one scene the hero and the heroine are shown doing this to each other whilst they kiss. Additionally the film contains frequent strong language.


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This determination was formally reconsidered by the BBFC at the request of the submitting company. The BBFC carefully considered the arguments put forward by the submitting company, and looked again at the relevant submitted material, but concluded that its original determination was appropriate.

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