Wow, I'm such a slacker, spending so much time building and tweaking my system instead of actually watching movies.
The wife and I watched this one this weekend. Going by most accounts that this one was loud, I started at my "average" level of "-6" until the wife complained about dialog intelligibility. "Is there a tweak you can do for that?" Once we got to the middle of the film, there was finally a quiet scene with enough dialog for me to gauge the "appropriate" playback level, and I ended up bumping it up all the way to reference. At that level, the action scenes were quite loud but the sound was very clean and never got uncomfortable. I noticed some mild refractory effects on the hearing by the end, but I felt recovered within a few minutes or so.
In terms of overall quantity (subjectively speaking), this movie provided the most bass of any movie I recall watching. My wife and I agreed that we were literally feeling bass more than 50% of the time. Even many quiet scenes involved enough bass to shake the couch. I actually worried about the breaker tripping on the circuit which is currently running my 55" LCD TV, 2 Emotiva XPA-5s, a Denon 3313CI AVR, 2 350W BASH sub amps, as well as the BD player, two PCs, and my Motu A16. The level indicators on the Motu were bouncing like crazy for much of the movie. I also worried that this one might just push the neighbors over the edge.
I could have done without the bump at 30 Hz, which was obvious as it so often is with other movies that have it, but thankfully the bass still had plenty of variety. I'm not sure which scenes hit real low, but I noticed plenty of lower frequency stuff. The mid/upper bass was also a lot of fun. There were some impressive chest punches including the moment when some guy gets speared in the chest. The swift tactile punch was startling and complimented the on-screen action very nicely.
Where this track really excited was in the content above the sub range. Both my Motu A16 and my chest told me that my mains were getting quite the work-out. This is confirmed in the PvA. Look at the green trace above 80 Hz. There's a lot less roll-off there than for most movies. It will make your mains cry if they are weak or under-powered. My ported AE TD12M mains (97 dB/W) definitely showed their stuff, and I'm surprised my dual 6.5" Hsu Research HC-1 (soon to be upgraded to AE TD12M) held together. Having two big power amps (up to 600W/channel into the TD12Ms) surely helped. By the end, the amps were actually quite warm, enough to heat up the metal rack, which is a first.
Anyway, I liked the movie a lot. As others have said, it's not a great movie, but I wouldn't want anything else from a Mad Max movie. For what it is, it is very well done. I don't see any benefit from BEQ other than maybe taming the 30 Hz bump, which IMO was altogether unnecessary. What makes the bass so great in this one is the massive amount of mid/upper bass content. Great props to the sound team for making a movie that's wicked loud without any fatigue and for not cheating us on headroom. Unlike most movies, this one sounds great at "0" despite being loud as hell.