The BBFC gives out Extended Classification Information (Welcome to Spoiler Town)
The BBFC has just posted an ECI, or Extended Classification Information, for Prometheus where the movie was recently classified as 15 by the British board weeks ago. The ECI is “designed to explain in greater detail the issues, and in many cases the plot lines, which led to the film being given the classification it was.” And with this in mind, you can expect the ECI for Prometheus below to be SPOILER heavy. Read at your own peril.
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PROMETHEUS is a science fiction horror film in which a group of people travel to a distant moon. It was classified ’15′ for strong violence, gore, threat and horror.
The film contains a number of scenes of strong violence that feature heavy blows and bloody detail. For example, in one scene a character’s arm is broken, revealing blood and bone, and in another scene a character’s head is smashed against the floor, resulting in a large spurt of blood. This emphasis on bloody detail exceeds the terms of the BBFC’s Guidelines at ’12A’/’12′ and is more appropriately classified at ’15′ where the Guidelines state ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury’. There are also some scenes featuring gory detail, both when dead bodies are seen and when people are injured. One scene features some gory surgical detail that exceeds the type of ‘occasional gory moments’ that may be permitted at ’12A’.
The Guidelines at ’12A’/’12′ also state ‘Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained’. The second half of the film in particular features a sense of threat towards the central characters that is both frequent and sustained.
PROMETHEUS also includes one use of strong language and one implied use of strong language, when a remark is broken up by static. It also includes some undetailed verbal sex references and a brief scene in which a couple start to have sex, without any nudity or other detail.
Thanks to forum member BonuSituation for the heads up.
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