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Mad Max: Fury Road

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Postapocalyptic action is excellent but extremely violent.

Movie R 2015 120 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 16+


Mad Max Fury Road is largely purported to be a feminist centering of the Mad Max stories. However the only “witnessing” I observed were a lot of trapped women and the men trying to control them. I understand the stance Theron’s character is supposed to be a liberator but I felt that it read more like a melodramatic extended rock video...Careless Whisper featuring Charlize Theron.
age 14+

Big trucks, guns and explosions... beautifully filmed, but generally dull

It's beautifully shot and there's lots of action. I would have enjoyed it as a teen (I played a lot of Car Wars). But little about the world makes sense, the story is basic, the dialog often consists of grunts and the ending is a bit muddled. With the rave reviews, I expected more.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (115 ):

The sheer, limitless invention behind this movie's exhilarating, preposterous chase scenes highlights action filmmaking at its finest. Amid the roar of the speeding machines, though, director George Miller also plays with subtler themes. As in his 1987 comedy The Witches of Eastwick, Miller seems interested in women and motherhood, but in an unusual way (as in the scene in which Max uses mother's milk to wash blood from his face).

Perhaps the movie's key theme stems from the way that Max seems even madder this time around, hearing victims' voices in his head. In MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, violence is ultimately linked to madness. It's amazing that Miller has been in charge of the Mad Max series for so many decades, but it's telling that he's also behind the Babe and Happy Feet movies. As the maker of such open-hearted family movies, he seems to possess a much larger, more empathetic worldview than most other filmmakers doling out action for action's sake.

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