Taken is a 15 so you wouldn’t really expect a lot of swearing or sex or much blood and you don’t in this film even though it is suggested a lot along with drugs. As the film is a 15 according to the BBFC any amount of violence is aloud as long as it doesn’t focus on inflicting a lot of pain. Sex, drugs, nudity are also all aloud as long as there is not a lot about it and if you don’t see to much. Language doesn’t really matter as long as it isn’t constantly repeated and has a reason for it.
This film is for the age of 15+ as it seems suitable for any age, this film never really slow down and has a lot of violence so the target audience is probably males between the age of 15 to 30 as this is the sort of age when men like to go out and are sometimes a little more violent than females and men are more likely to watch action thrillers than females.
Codes of Practice
"We should take care to ensure that individual programmes, or programmes taken together across the schedule, avoid including material that condones or glamorises violence, dangerous or seriously anti-social behaviour"
This is just saying that any violence should have a reason for it to be shown and that it should not be made to look any nicer that it actually is but as long as it isn’t to disturbing for younger audiences. In Taken there is a lot of violence but you would expect that as it is an action thriller and as it is 15 violence is aloud as long as it is not encouraging people to be more violent.
"In post-watershed content, we must be able to justify the frank and realistic portrayal of sex and the exploration of themes and issues which some people might find offensive."
This is saying that as long as it is realistic and can’t be seen as offensive then sex can be shown after watershed. As this film is a 15 sex can be shown as long as not a lot of detail is shown, in the film Taken it is suggested that there is a lot of sex but you don’t see it and there is no nudity
"Output controllers and programme or content producers should ensure that strong language, especially the strongest language, is subject to careful consideration and appropriate referral, to ensure it is editorially justified, before it is included in our output"
This is about how some strong language can offend people and that sometimes it cant be shown, as this is a film there is an age that the film is suitable and as it is a 15 strong language is aloud as long as there isn’t to much of it and there is reason to why something is said.
"We must balance the need to reflect realistically the range of public attitudes and behaviour with the danger of encouraging potentially damaging or illegal behaviour"
This is saying that drugs and any illegal substance can be shown as long as it dose not encourage people to try it, especially younger audiences. In Taken there is only the implication of drugs, you only see needle marks in some of the women’s arms and see the way there acting as it isn’t a normal way to act. It shows the negative side to drugs and what they can do.
Codes and Conventions of a thriller
In a thriller you expect it to be fast paced and see a lot of quick cuts. Thrillers always use music or a complete lack of music and very few sounds to create tension and suspence then something would haooen and the music kicks in to add to the sespence trying to gain a reaction from the audience, they need the music to get a reaction from the audience to get them into the film.They can use dark and gloomy rooms or coridors to add suspence using smaller spaces, making the viewer wonder what will happen next creating questions and making the viewer feel unsettled. Adding props can also add to the tenshion for example if there is a wepon it could create the sence of danger. You would expect the antagonist to be dressed in dark colours so they blend into the dark of night or the shadows. So that when they appear it can shock or scare the audince. Or if the audience can see the antagonist but the protagonist cannot this would create a lot of suspence as they can see what will happen next.
The colours you would expect to see in a thriller are dark and dull colours that add to the mood of the thriller, sometimes there are light colours but that is usually in dreams or when everything is calm e.g. the beginning when nothing has happened and the end only of it is a happy ending, they can also use lighting and shadows to help create a dark and moody look.
You don’t expect to see a lot of violence in a thriller sometimes you only see what has happened after an attack instead of seeing it. You wouldn’t expect to see a lot of blood or guts in a thriller as that is something you would expect more in a horror film.
In almost all thrillers you would expect a twist at least once, usually towards the end of the film even though some films have more than one twist. There is always a protagonist and antagonist, usually the protagonist is at mercy of the antagonist.