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Shaw then passes by and uses a miniature surveillance camera to get a better look at what's occurring and we briefly see one of the women at the man's crotch but can't see any complete details. Once the official realizes he's being taped, however, he shoos them away and we then see him zipping up his pants. Julia shows some cleavage. Hanging from the rearview mirror of a car Shaw's just stolen/borrowed is a card showing a topless woman and her bare breasts (we see this several times).

Thinking she's bugged with a tracking device, Shaw tells Julia to remove all of her clothes. She reluctantly complies and we then see her sitting in the passenger seat of a car without any (she covers her bare breasts with her arms/hands, but we briefly see part of the side of her bare breast). Shaw then goes inside where he sees topless waitresses as well as various women sitting on Asian businessmen's laps, with many of the women being topless or removing their tops to display their bare breasts. Other topless women in thong-like bottoms sensuously dance for the men's viewing pleasure. Later, Shaw passes by a man who appears to be recording/dubbing pornographic videotapes (we see some related images on his small video monitors that show movement - but nothing graphically explicit -- and hear sexually related sounds).

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Various thugs try attacking Shaw once he's completed his mission. He obviously fights back and exchanges many punches, kicks and other martial arts moves with the various assailants (one of whom smashes a table upon landing on it). He eventually jumps off the edge of a high-rise building, only to have another thug fire a machine gun at him, ripping part of his parachute but not hitting him. Shaw lands hard on his shoulder while playing a one-on-one basketball game with Bly. We see many dead bodies (some of which are bloody and in the beginning stages of decomposition) piled upon one another in recently opened, large metal crate (they were murdered). Someone wraps wire around a woman's neck, severely injuring her (we see Julia tending to her and holding her hand over the bloody wound with blood running out between her fingers). A sniper assassinates Wu, with some blood splattering onto others. Shaw chases that assassin who knocks down a woman during the chase. The assassin then shoots at Shaw before jumping through a rooftop glass window (which Shaw does as well). The two then fire shots at each other. Shaw then runs into and knocks over a bicyclist on the street. Shaw hears what sounds like his partner being shot right before many cops and/or agents aim their guns at him. A horseless carriage explodes, causing a police van to overturn. Assailants then approach and shoot several people inside at point blank range. Shaw fights with several people inside a truck, hitting and kicking them and causing one to accidentally shoot the driver, apparently killing him. Shackled, Shaw eventually gets out of the truck and jumps onto the side of an adjacent and larger truck, from which he barely holds on just above the passing street below him. The passenger of the first truck then tries squashing Shaw between the trucks as they drive down a road until the first truck runs headfirst into the lift prongs of a large forklift, presumably killing the remaining few who were alive in that first truck. Someone suddenly grabs Novak, holds a gun to her head and then has his arm around her throat. Shaw then arrives and the assailant shoots at him. A man repeatedly shoots a person lying wounded on the floor beneath him (we see the body jump from the gunshots). Shaw pushes a piano into a man, grabs and possibly breaks his arm and bends it back behind him. Shaw then shoots this man point blank in the back of the head. He then shoots the dead body one more time just for good measure. We see a flashback of a man slamming a woman against a mirrored wall several times, eventually smashing her headfirst into it (after she hits him in the face). We see that two people have been killed and Shaw then briefly fights their killer, exchanging some gunfire before breaking the woman's neck. Shaw drives a car into a diner, tearing through the outside wall and some of the interior furnishings, all to grab a backpack containing an explosive. He then puts the backpack into the car, puts it into reverse and sends it back out onto the street where it explodes. Acting like an FBI agent, Shaw pushes a man's face down onto a table before acting like he's arresting him. Moments later, he holds his gun on Cappella before making his getaway. We see the ambassador's assassination several times on video. Shaw sets off an explosive that knocks out power to a building. He then holds his gun on a man, bends his arm back behind him, and then slams him into a wall. A man shoots another man, apparently killing him. Shaw then chases the man who shoots back at him and Shaw fires back. A person kicks Shaw, nearly making him fall from an overhang. Moments later, men then come out and shoot machine guns at Shaw, who must quickly duck to avoid being hit by a large truck. To get Cappella's attention, Shaw fires a shot that lops off the top of his assistant's umbrella. An unidentified person breaks a security guard's neck. Shaw shoots out a surveillance camera. A man punches and knocks out a woman. He then tries to shoot a man stuck in a revolving door, but the bulletproof glass deflects the bullets. Shaw and the villain repeatedly fire at each other with their guns (but miss), and then get into a fight where many punches and kicks are thrown and landed, as well as some knees to the body and some slamming of bodies against a wall. They then break through a glass wall and land in the lobby of a building where they then struggle over a gun that's eventually fired with the ricochet hitting a man in the face. More fighting then continues with a person eventually landing on some broken glass (we see a shard of it sticking out from his neck). A person shoots another person dead. FBI agents shoot a man, apparently killing him (although we later learn that's not true).

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At least 12 "f" words (1 used with "mother"), 8 "s" words (1 written in English subtitles), 1 slang term using male genitals ("c*cks*cking"), 9 asses (6 used with "hole" and 1 written in English subtitles), 1 damn, 1 hell, 1 S.O.B., 4 uses of "G-damn," 2 uses each of "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ" and 1 use of "Oh God" as exclamations.

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Some people, including Shaw, have champagne at a New Year's Eve party. People have wine and/or champagne at a reception. We see a truck driver snorting some cocaine while driving. Some men in a club drink.

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For viewers who are afraid/anxious of heights, scenes where Shaw is on the ledge of a high rise building and then rapidly floats/falls toward the street in a ripped parachute might be suspenseful. We see many dead bodies (some of which are bloody and in the beginning stages of decomposition) piled upon one another in recently opened, large metal crate (they were murdered). After an assassin shoots Wu, Shaw chases him through various rooms, hallways and buildings, occasionally dodging bullets and/or cautiously hunting for him. Shaw fights with men in an out of control truck. Shackled, he eventually gets out of the truck and jumps onto the side of an adjacent and larger truck, from which he dangles just above the passing street below him. The passenger of the first truck then tries squashing Shaw between the trucks as they drive down a road. Realizing she's been set up, Julia slowly makes her way through a nearly empty hospital, looking for the responsible party. Alone in a government building at night (during a thunderstorm no less) and knowing that she's in danger, Julia tries to leave but realizes someone's watching her. She then ducks into a bathroom to avoid someone she sees approaching her. Later, she slowly tries to sneak out.

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Rated R for strong violence, some sexuality, language and brief drug content
Argentina:13 / Australia:MA15+ / Canada:14A / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:Tous publics / Germany:18 (bw) / Germany:16 (theatrical rating) (cut) / Iceland:16 / Malaysia:U (cut version) / Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:12 (TV rating) / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/16 / South Korea:18 (original rating) / South Korea:15 (video rating) (cut) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R

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