Mad Max: Fury Road

"Extraordinary"

Mad Max: Fury Road Review


Leave it to a veteran to show the young sparks how to do it: it's been 30 years since George Miller last visited his post-apocalyptic hero Max Rockatansky, and now he's back with the best-staged action thriller of the year, a blockbuster that dares to have meaningful themes and complex characters. He also recreates Mad Max as a kind of James Bond franchise with a story that sits alongside the earlier films, not before or after, and an actor who brings a new energy to the role.

In a desert wasteland where people trade water and oil to survive, Max (Tom Hardy) is a loner haunted by the death of his family. Then he's captured by a gang from the Citadel, a towering rock city run by the tyrant Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who has positioned himself as a god who keeps his enslaved people on a short leash. On a mission to collect oil, Joe's top imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) veers her war-rig off into the desert. So Joe sends a gang after her. Leading the charge is the gung-ho Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who uses Max, strapped to his car like a grille ornament, as a blood-bag to supply energy. But after a series of clashes involving three other gangs of desert marauders, Max and Nux end up on board Furiosa's rig, in which she is hoping to smuggle Joe's five young wives to safety.

The plot itself is fairly blunt, which means that the film requires very little dialogue (Max doesn't speak at all for the first 45 minutes, mainly because his houth is actually bolted shut). Even so, Miller fills every shot with telling details that strengthen the characters and provide insight into what they are doing, building more intriguing relationships with suspicious glances than most filmmakers do with endless conversation.

As a result, the actors manage to create vividly complicated people that make every battle riotously involving. Hardy has terrific presence as the angry, frustrated Max, beautifully balanced by the utterly riveting Theron, whose yearning for her green homeland is as palpable as Max's inner rage. And Hoult's character takes the most intriguing journey, a true believer willing to give his life for his cause who slowly begins to see the world through other eyes.

Even as Miller grapples with these kinds of larger themes, he never forgets that the audience loves spectacle. Shooting with vivid colours while wryly undermining the machismo, Miller has created a rare coherent and adrenaline-pumping action thriller, much as he did in 1981 with The Road Warrior. The fast-paced, epically orchestrated set-pieces are simply jaw-dropping, staged on a large scale without any visible digital trickery. Yes, the film is essentially one tenacious chase, with only a brief (and welcome) pause to intake a deep breath before the final explosion of action. And what a rush it is!


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Mad Max: Fury Road

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 120 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th May 2015

Budget: $100M

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Fresh: 34 Rotten: 1

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , P.J. Voeten

Starring: as Max Rockatansky, as Furiosa, as Splendid, as Nux, as Toast, as Capable, Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, Richard Norton as The Dag

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