Cert: 15 Runtime: 120 mins Director: George Miller Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Holt, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz and Rose Huntington-Whiteley
If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll go insane
George Miller’s world of Mad Max is one of the most intriguing film franchises in cinematic history. It has been a 30 year since we were in the Thunderdome. Now we are arriving at Fury Road, a film that was due for release in 2004. But Mel Gibson had to make Passion of The Christ! What is Fury Road about you ask? It’s been 45 years since the collapse of civilization, and resources such as water, food and oil are scarce. Survivors cling to life at the Citadel, a fortress controlled by the tyrannical Immortan Joe. When Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads a band of rebels on a daring escape through the Wasteland, she forges an alliance with haunted loner Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy). Together, they embark on a high-speed race through the desert, pursued relentlessly by the gangs of the apocalypse.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a rock opera of intense grime and Slipknot-esk visuals. It’s two hours of pure adrenaline and carnage, the world needs to watch it. George Miller has really outdone himself and I honestly think this is more superior to Road Warrior. The action sequences are phenomenal the fact that 80% of the stunts and effects are real is just phenomenal. Miller has taken us back to old Hollywood when it actually used real pyrotechnics and real stunts. Fury Road is a breath of fresh air for action movies, and it’s one of the best action films of the 21st century. The editing is phenomenal here, the action sequences are weaved well together. Junkie XL’s score is astounding, it weaves that old film vibe with a modern twist. These components along with Miller’s direction makes Mad Max: Fury Road what it is. There are so many little details in this film only Miller could justify creating such as the masked guitar player and drum core on a truck or Mother’s Milk. It’s utterly lavish and feels roughly authentic and I can’t stop being positive about this film.
Tom Hardy is a great Mel Gibson replacement and has given Max a new breath of life. He seems edgier and tougher, but I do feel that his voice was pretty annoying at some moments. It felt like Bane at some moments for me personally. People have complained about Max not being the primal character, but the premise of this franchise is to follow the tales of people that Max comes across rather than just being all about him. Charlize Theron has been a sketchy actress for me when it comes to her choices. But Furiosa is the most intriguing, she is a complete bad ass with soul. Along with Meredith Vickers from Prometheus Furiosa is now one of her best characters. Nicholas Holt as Nux was rather meh for me, didn’t really engage with the character. Hugh Keays-Byrne was as Immortan Joe was brilliant one of the best on screen villains I have seen in a while. His look is absolutely haunting and Keays-Byrne’s voice works well with the exterior.
As much as I enjoyed Fury Road I do have my issues with it. The lack of character development or engagement. These are enjoyable characters but we have no real sense of them, they have a goal and they want to achieve it. For me I would love a stand alone story for Furiosa, she was rather mysterious and I would like to know more about her. The other issue of the film is that it’s more of a visual spectacular rather than a story driven film. The simplicity of the plot seems like an insult to some viewers. But overall I do love this film. This is a terrible 3D film FYI, I have seen it in both forms. My main fear for Fury Road is that it won’t get the attention it deserves. Pitch Perfect 2 has smashed it this weekend at the Box Office. It seems like it will be another Edge of Tomorrow, strong following but weak at the box office.