It’s just ten days until the movie of The Hunger Games is released, and the BBFC (that’s the British Board of Film Classification) have rated the movie. Only there was a little surprise in the BBFC‘s report… (No, the film hasn’t been done a Human Centipede 2 and been viciously cut to even get into the cinemas)
The movie was revealed to have had seven seconds cut, so that the certificate could drop from a 15 to a 12A. It’s not really surprising, considering that Lionsgate want to make big money (and the movie is tracking for an opening weekend which will make the same amount of money as a Harry Potter movie) and that they want to hit their teen target market.
The statement on the BBFC website about the cuts is:
”The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a ’12A’ classification. A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury. These cuts, which were implemented by digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons, were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut ’15’ classification was available. These cuts were made in addition to reductions already made following an earlier ‘advice’ viewing of an incomplete version”
It’s not likely that this is going to have any real impact on the movie’s… impact. After all, the action in the book (and most likely the film) happens pretty fast and it’s unlikely that the cuts will be noticeable. Do expect a 15-rated Blu-Ray special edition without the cuts to come out alongside the DVD, though.
The Hunger Games is released March 23, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Wes Bentley, and is directed by Gary Ross.