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BBFC reference BFF249481
Feature Film
Classified 18 August, 2008 .
Run Time 93m 34s

Consumer Advice:Contains strong violence and scene of torture

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TAKEN is a thriller about a retired spy who must rescue his daughter and her friend from a sex-trafficking gang. The film was passed '15' for 'strong violence and scene of torture'. Besides a kidnapping scene where the terrified daughter is dragged screaming from under the bed where she is hiding, the film features several other scenes of strong violence - notably a cold-blooded shooting of a baddie's innocent wife, a moment where the ex-spy is throttled in close-up leading to a heavy beating of a baddie with a fire-extinguisher, and a fight where the ex-spy repeatedly plunges a broken bottle into the chest of a man who has slashed him with a curved knife. The torture scene involves the kidnapper being electrocuted several times by the ex-spy as he tries to force the man to reveal his daughter's whereabouts. The man is briefly seen to judder and is left screaming off-screen at the end of the scene when the ex-spy leaves him being electrocuted. Other scenes of gun and fight action occur throughout the film.

The violence and torture scene are tonally strong, but they are largely conveyed by sound effects and implied action. For example, gunshots and blows rarely result in blood, the stabbing with the bottle is shown without clear detail or sight of injury, and in the torture scene, the camera tends to focus on a flickering lightbulb rather than showing the man in pain. Where detail of injury or the process of the violence is shown, it is brief and not dwelt upon. Consequently, it was felt that the violence sat in line with the BBFC's '15' Guidelines which state that 'Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

The film also deals with the theme of young women being kidnapped, trafficked and sold into the sex industry. There are scenes of the ex-spy visiting a red-light district where he tries to glean information from a prostitute as she loses customers, a moment featuring drugged young women in the arms of men in a makeshift brothel, and a scene where women are sold to male bidders at an auction. The trade is depicted as cruel and seedy, and is not condoned or glamorised. The theme was therefore considered to meet the '15' Guidelines which state 'no theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate to 15 year olds'.

In addition, the film also contains a crunchy scene where a man is shown to be hit forcefully by a truck at a distance and a muffled use of strong language.

This work was passed with no cuts made.

The main spoken language in this work is English.

Directed by Pierre Morel
The cast for this work includes: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley, Katie Cassidy, Olivier Rabourdin, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Holly Valance, Nathan Rippy, Camille Japy, Nicolas Giraud.

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 93m 34s.
The running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 8420+10 ( feet + frames ).

This work was submitted to the BBFC by 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd .

A film or video, together with associated trailers may exist in several versions and all versions known to the BBFC are listed below.

CategoryTypeDateCompanyRun TimeCutTitle
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer11/06/200820th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd1m 46sTAKEN
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer16/06/200820th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd1m 48sTAKEN
VideoTrailerVideoTrailer14/07/2008Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.1m 45sTAKEN
FilmFilm18/08/200820th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd93m 34sTAKEN
VideoVideo03/11/2008Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.89m 32sTAKEN
VideoVideo17/12/2008Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.89m 32sTAKEN
Online17/12/2008Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.89m 32sTAKEN
VideoVideo12/01/2009Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.93m 24sTAKEN
Details are likely to be more complete and accurate for the version submitted most recently.
When a film is transferred to video the running time will be shorter by approximately 4% due to the differing number of frames per second. This does not mean that the video version has been cut or re-edited.
This entry was last updated 12/04/2011
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