TAKEN 2 | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 90m 49s

Release date 04/10/2012

Ratings Info Contains moderate threat and violence

Genre(s) Action, Thriller

Director(s) Olivier Megaton

Cast includes Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Grimes

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 24/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TAKEN 2 is a sequel to the 2008 thriller in which a man rescues his daughter from Albanian gangsters. In this second film the man and his wife are kidnapped by the same gang while on holiday in Turkey. His daughter has to avoid the gangsters and assist in rescuing her parents.


There are scenes of threat as people are chased and captured by the gang, as well as when they attempt to get away from them. After the main character's wife is kidnapped, she is shown bound and suspended upside down. It is suggested that a small wound has been made on her throat with the intention of bleeding her to death. However, no detail of this is shown and she is soon rescued. Later in the film she is seen tied to a chair as she is menaced by the gang. However, no harm comes to her.


There are a number of scenes featuring shootings and explosions as well as some moments of hand-to-hand fighting. The shootings occasionally show brief bullet impacts but there is no focus on blood or injury detail. The scenes of hand-to-hand combat include sight of punches, kicks and throws. Although there are some crunchy sound effects, no strong injury detail is seen.

There is some mild bad language, including uses of 'bastard', 'goddamn', 'shit' and 'God'.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 rating but that their preferred 12A rating could be achieved by making changes to three scenes. These were to reduce elements of violence and threat. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal classification, the scenes had been reduced and the film was consequently rated 12A.


20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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