Consistent with the earlier films, Fury Road is violent. There’s not much else to cause offense – a touch of non-sexual nudity, a couple of swears – but lots of violence, as noted by classifiers everywhere. There are many deaths during the chase sequences (i.e. most of the film) but less gory violence than I was expecting, based on the advisories. A few disturbing moments were narratively justified, not simply to show off effects or for shock value. Across Canada the rating was consistently 14A, and most other jurisdictions also set a mid-teen age limit, though in several countries that limit is regardless of adult accompaniment.
There is a controversy about the portrayals of women in this film – not because they are victims, but because they do something about being victimized. One men’s rights reviewer called for a boycott of this subversive film, while feminist reviewers have celebrated the film. The best response is this one. The argument that Max is relegated to a lesser role in favor of a female hero is silly. In both Road Warrior and Thunderdome, Max is a helper to other leaders – a pregnant teenage girl in Thunderdome. He’s the wandering stranger that comes to restore social order, but does not become part of it. There’s still a traditional romantic subplot in Fury Road, and the presence of strong female characters and gender issues adds depth. However, the biggest difference in tone compared to the earlier films is not the strong female characters or the gender issues, but the ending. There’s no place like home.
|Maritimes||Under 14 requires adult accompaniment||Violence, Disturbing Content|
|Quebec||Under 13 requires adult accompaniment||Violence|
|Ontario||Under 14 requires adult accompaniment||Gory scenes, graphic violence|
|Manitoba||Under 14 requires adult accompaniment||Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Disturbing Content|
|Alberta||Under 14 requires adult accompaniment||Violence, Not Recommended For Children|
|British Columbia||Under 14 requires adult accompaniment||frequent violence|
|MPAA (U.S.A.)||R||Under 17 requires parent or guardian||Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.|
|BBFC||15||No admission under 15||strong violence, threat|
|Australia||15+||No admission under 15||Strong violence and post-apocalyptic themes|
|Ireland||15A||Under 15 requires adult accompaniment||Frequent strong bloody action violence|
|New Zealand||R16||No admission under 16|
|South Africa||13V||Not suitable for persons under 13||Violence|
|India||UA||(Unrestricted Public Exhibition-But With Parental Guidance)|
|Hong Kong||IIB||Not Suitable for
Young Persons and Children
|Contains strong violence,strong shocking scenes and occasional nudity|
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