Published on May 15th, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
MOVIE REVIEW: Mad Max Fury Road
In the stark desert wasteland populated by a broken humanity driven with survival and the unending ravage for gasoline, a loner named Max (Tom Hardy) finds himself unwantedly caught in the middle of a chase while aiding the heroine Furiosa (Charlize Theron), and her female companions, she struggles to return to her homeland and escape the clutches of a ruthless dessert gang leader, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). With the harsh desert sands in front of them and marauders behind, only the maddest will prevail the storm.
Forget Avengers as the summer movie season really starts now with this two hour visceral, high octane car chase of a movie. After a troubled production which goes back about 15 years, where Mel Gibson was going to reprise the title role, director George Miller brings the franchise kicking and screaming to a new age of cinema-goers who should lap up this wholly original bombastic thrill ride. Shot over a gruelling 6 months in Namibia, ever gut wrenching minute is full of stunts but there is a human story at its centre too which has a very emotional punch.
The world that’s been created for the film feels lived in, with its own way of life and social structure. The introduction to these are very matter of fact and hilarious at times. The stunts and action scenes are the most breath taking and mind boggling I’ve seen in years, most of it was shot practically with some CGI to enhance the car-nage, although by the end some of the action does become a little repetitive. The pulse pounding score by Junkie XL is a great accompaniment to the film while the looks of the different warrior factions are very unique.
Although this is a Mad Max film in name, it’s really Charlize Theron that is the real star, her character Furiosa is the heart of the film and it’s her journey you’re really on, Nicholas Hoult is almost unrecognisable but is so bonkers throughout but in a good way. Tom Hardy has the least flashy role but gives this version of Max subtle mannerisms that make you connect with him. Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villain is a true tyrant, hell bent on getting his property back, his look is so memorable with a vicious looking face mask, and some pop quiz info is that Hugh played the main villain Toecutter in the very first Mad Max film. Also of note are Immortan Joe’s five wives played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton each of which have their own little story arcs and pay offs during the movies duration.
George Miller is planning a new trilogy with this movie and at the very end i couldn’t wait to see the next instalment. All I can say is get out there and see this on the biggest and loudest screen you can get to, you won’t be disappointed.
‘Mad Max Fury Road’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Director George Miller breathes so much life back into the Mad Max franchise it'll blow the back of your head off!!!