One of the things that lingered with me after walking out of Mad Max was amazement that it was a PG-13 movie. The world the movie depicted was so obviously brutal, characters repeatedly dying violently.
And yet, when I thought about it, that violence was almost always implied. I struggled to remember a moment in the movie where you were ever shown the full, gristly reality of one of those violent deaths. In the style of classic action flicks, clever cuts manage to give the impression that someone has died horribly without ever really dragging your viewpoint down into their gaping intestines and saying “Look, look at all the blood and guts”.
Even the most gorey moment in the movie is just a brief red flash.
It was skillfully done. At no point in the movie did it feel like it had been “sanitised for the kids”. It never felt like anything other than a brutal, dog-eat-dog reality. And yet it didn’t stray into gore-porn for the sake of being “gritty”.