I enjoyed every frame of this action-packed extravaganza. Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t a re-boot, it’s more a chapter in a much bigger story, a story they’re making through a series of films. The second film The Wasteland is already written and the third film is already a novella they’ll be adapting into a film. Either way, get ready for more Max!
If you’ve seen the other 3 films, imagine (mercifully) that the 3rd film never happened and that you were somewhere around the middle of the second film, The Road Warrior, that’s roughly where Fury Road kicks in. Max finds himself being chased by group of marauders in the desert ultimately ending up their captive eventually being used as a living blood bag for one of the gang that’s injured. He eventually crosses paths with Imperator Furiosa who is betraying the leader of the gang by trying to help his wives escape a terrible life of captivity and rape.
From there, the movie basically continues as one long, exciting chase. The pacing of the film is intense, some slow parts here and there to establish story and character and then back to the action. It’s a blast to watch and the stunts are amazing! Not so much CG in here, it’s mostly organic and you have to marvel at the orchestration and the level of skill involved in the end result.
George Miller is back in the director’s chair and is also one of the writers. He brings back an old favorite from the first Mad Max film too, see if you can spot the actor who played Toecutter in the original, you’ll have to look for his eyes as you won’t be able to see the rest of his face too well. He also brings back the spirit of the first two films in terms of intensity, the vision of the post-apocalyptic landscape, and the bad-assary of Max himself.
The actors are all amazing! Tom Hardy is perfect as the new Max, defining the character in his own way. Any insecure males that were complaining about the action sequences involving women can shove their narrow-minded lack of insight here, I’ll watch Charlize Theron kick ass as Furiosa any day of the week. Nicholas Hoult as the psychotic Nux nearly stole the show too! Also included in the lineup: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Josh Helman, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.
If you liked the earlier films or you enjoy great action films, you won’t be disappointed with Mad Max: Fury Road! They have a dude playing a guitar that shoots flames out of it while driving maniacally through the desert on top of a death car, what’s not to like?
reviewed by Sean McKnight