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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 109m 7s

Release date 01/11/2011

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and one use of strong language

Genre(s) Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director(s) Andrew Niccol

Cast includes Johnny Galecki, Olivia Wilde, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

IN TIME is an action-thriller set in an overpopulated future world in which people have been genetically modified to die when they reach the age of twenty-five. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence and one use of strong language.

There are two notable scenes of moderate violence. In the first, the hero escapes from captivity by delivering heavy blows to the men guarding him, using his fists, feet and elbows. However, there is little focus on detail and much of the impact of the scene is derived from its sound effects. In the second scene, a man is shot in the back, with sight of a small blood spurt from his chest. However, the bloodshed is not lingered upon. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'.

There is a single use of strong language, which is delivered as an expression of surprise rather than in an aggressive fashion. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'.

The film also contains some mild bad language, such as uses of 'God', 'damn' and 'hell'. It also includes a mild sex scene, some brief natural nudity, and a scene in which a character decides to end his life by falling from a bridge. The character's actions are placed in context by the story-line and his fall is filmed from a long distance without any detail.

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