Mad Max: Fury Road

A brutal assault on all the senses is the best way to describe this fourth film in a series, directed, co-produced, and co-written by George Miller. In a bleak, post-apocalyptic future, a road warrior (Tom Hardy) joins forces with a hijacker (Charlize Theron) as they seek revenge on a tyrannical leader (Hugh Keays-Byrne) who controls two precious commodities, water and gasoline. Along for the ride are the leader's concubines, one of whom (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) is carrying his child. The chase is on, with a crazed soldier (Nicholas Hoult) leading an armada in pursuit. Impressive cinematography and choreographed action are small consolations for two hours of gratuitous combat in which men have no qualms about beating women to a pulp - and vice versa.

Watch out for: Relentless bloody violence, several disturbing images, and brief nudity.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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