Nova Scotia

Film broker wants more N.S. teens to see 'gory' Riddick

Canada's largest film distribution company is appealing the Nova Scotia government's 18A rating of the upcoming space sci-fi action thriller Riddick 2013.

eOne upset over 18A rating

Vin Diesel, left, and Katee Sackhoff attend "Riddick" panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103, in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Canada's largest film distribution company is appealing the Nova Scotia government's 18A rating of the upcoming space sci-fi action thriller Riddick.

The company, eOne Films Canada Inc., filed its appeal Monday.

"We feel that the film's rating should be 14A with whatever warnings you may deem appropriate," writes eOne's Chris Emery in the company's appeal.

"The reasons you gave the film an 18A rating were due to the following observations: brutal violence, gory scenes....We respectfully feel that though there is violence in the feature, and there are gory scenes, the scenes depicted are brief and not nearly as extreme as the classification indicates, and that the scenes are safe to a 14A audience."

He notes the film has deemed appropriate enough for a 14-year-old audience in Ontario.

A movie with an 18A classification can be viewed by anyone 18 years of age and older, and people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This is the third installment of the futuristic Chronicles of Riddick franchise, starring Vin Diesel.

Diesel plays convicted criminal Richard Riddick. In the latest installment he's left for dead on a sun-scorched planet facing alien predators and mercenaries.

In Nova Scotia, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia rates movies.

The movie will be released on Sept. 6.


Paul Withers


Paul Withers is an award-winning journalist whose career started in the 1970s as a cartoonist. He has been covering Nova Scotia politics for more than 20 years.