'Dark' Tom Cruise Film Sparks Most Complaints
Jack Reacher, the Tom Cruise action film, prompted the most complaints to movie ratings chiefs in the past year, with some viewers saying it was too dark and sadistic.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the film a 12A certificate but some cinemagoers said they felt it was unsuitable for viewers as young as 12.
The BBFC's annual report states that although only 26 complaints were received, that number was still more than double those who were unhappy about the next most controversial films - The Paperboy and The Wolverine, which had 12.
Jack Reacher - based on the character created by British writer Jim Grant, who uses the pen name Lee Child - had already been subject to a number of cuts to get it down to the certificate it actually achieved.
Those who expressed concerns to the classification body said it was "too violent, dark and sadistic" for viewers aged 12, according to the report.
However, the BBFC affirmed: "The film is occasionally gritty and realistic, but the overall tone and treatment of the violence is similar to recent 12A action films such as the Bourne series."
Jack Reacher is a former US Army Military Police major and the film is based on Child's book One Shot.
The film received mix reviews from critics following its release in December 2012 and is Cruise's lowest-grossing film of the last decade.
Cruise has confirmed he will reprise the role for a sequel.
The BBFC report outlines how changing attitudes in society have meant that some films have seen their certificates lowered when they have recently been re-submitted for reissued versions.