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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

5/10

Throughout the movie you will hear about and see prostitutes. However, the scenes are not too uncomfortable to watch with children, although they may sound so in the description below.

A man walks through an area where curtains are strung up creating rooms where young women lie in cots (most are unconscious from drugs) and men have sex with them (not shown on screen but implied); we see a man in a room with one young woman kissing the back of her neck.

A man talks to a woman, asking how much she charges and what the fee includes (she is a prostitute).

A young woman says, "I'm going to sleep with him... I hear French guys are amazing in bed."

A young woman is described as a virgin and that she is worth more at auction.

A man talks about another man's wife being sexually aroused, using a crude term.

A man talks about a man "hitting on rich widows."

A man makes a comment to another man about being competitive, using a crude anatomical reference.

There is a scene when young women have to dance naked for money.

Many young woman are dressed in little more than bikini underwear throughout the movie.

There is a scene whereby Liam Neeson's daughter and one other prostitute is being auctioned on a boat wearing only her lingerie.

Violence & Gore

8/10

Note: All of the following is from the unrated editon, not the PG-13 edit.

A man is strapped into a chair, and a nail is then stabbed into each thigh. Liam Neeson then straps electrical cables to the nails and tortures the victim for information. Several jolts of electricity are sent through the cables and the man yells and twitches; the switch is flipped one last time and the man is left to die (we hear him screaming).

A man shoots a innocent woman in the arm, she falls off her chair (we see a bit of blood on her shirt) and the man threatens to shoot her in the head.

A man shoots another man in the leg and the arm and then shoots him dead (we see blood).

A man shoots another man in the stomach, and then strikes him and the man falls to the floor motionless (we see blood).

Men shoot at each other, and we see bullet holes opening in walls and furnishings.

A man holds a knife to a young woman's throat, another man shoots him in the head and he falls back dead.

A man is chained by the hands over a pipe, another man wraps a strap around his throat and begins to strangle him, but the pipe breaks striking one man in the head and spraying another man in the face with steam (we see his face becomes charred).

A man jumps off a bridge and onto a moving boat below, he strangles a man on board, kicks and punches another one and throws him overboard.

A man shoves a young man into a taxi, punches him repeatedly in the ribs, another man pulls the man out and he lands hard on the ground; they fight briefly and one man's head is slammed into the car knocking him unconscious.

Two men fight with punches and kicks, one man pulls a knife, they continue fighting, one man strikes the other with a bottle and one man is stabbed and falls to the floor motionless.

A man fights several men: he stabs several (there's blood on wounds and shirts) and then shoots several others (we hear groans and see them flinch, but there's no blood).

A man fights with several men punching and kicking them, and shoots one man (he falls back and onto the ground), but he is shot at by several men as he speeds away in a car and there's a large explosion and fire.

A man holds a gun on another man, pushes him into an elevator and punches him (he falls unconscious).

A man in a car chases a young man through traffic, and the young man jumps from an overpass onto a truck below and then to the street where he is struck by a car (we see the body being struck and hear a thud).

A man with a knife lunges at a woman, another man fights him off with punches and kicks and the man and woman drive away in a car.

Cars with men shooting guns chase another man in another car: one car is pushed over a hill and rolls over and another car drives into a bulldozer shovel that cuts the top of the car off.

A young woman hiding under a bed is pulled out by her feet by a man, and we hear her screaming and we hear glass breaking as she is taken away.

Two men grab a young woman by the arms and legs and carry her out of an apartment (we hear her screaming and see her struggling).

We see two young women being kidnapped by several men.

We see a young woman dead presumably from a drug overdose (her lips and skin are tinged- blue).

Profanity

4/10

2 use of hell, 1 use of ass. 2 anatomical male terms.

1 finger gesture.

5/10

We see in two scenes numerous prostitutes with scarred arms by injections. Likely from heroin.

We see a young woman dead presumably from a drug overdose.

After being rescued from captivity, a young woman is seen being detoxed from presumably being forced to take heroin.

People drink alcohol at a party.

A man holds a beer bottle.

Another man drinks from a beer bottle.

A woman pours three glasses of wine at a dinner table.

Three men carrying beer arrive at another man's house.

Several men sit at a table with beer bottles.

A man puts a cigarette in his mouth but does not light it.

No actual use of drugs is shown

7/10

Some people may find the theme and some scenes disturbing or upsetting.

The scene in which the kidnapping takes place is very realistic and may disturb viewers. This scene is hard to watch and happens all of a sudden. The idea of having a loved one lost in another country may itself upset viewers as it is very easy to feel empathy towards the main character and his situation.

Overall: 29/50

The movie is very dark and disturbing, and i personaly think it actually could have been Restricted. The voilence is very graphic

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language (cut version)
Certification:
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Australia:M (TV rating) / Austria:16 / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18A (Manitoba) (DVD rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:Y7 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:-12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Ireland:15A / Ireland:18 (DVD rating) / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:18PL / Mexico:B15 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 (uncut version) / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Africa:16LV / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 (DVD rating) / UK:15 (edited version) / USA:Unrated (DVD rating) (uncut version) / USA:PG-13 (cut version)

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