Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: George Miller
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron

Storyline:

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

13 reviews

  • The best action film of this millennium. Full stop. The long-awaited fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road is a shot of amped-up adrenaline from mastermind George Miller. Mastermind may be a hubristic term for a seventy-year-old Australian with 15 credits under his belt, but it seems an understatement for this underrated auteur whose vision of a post-apocalyptic road warrior is as indelible now as it was thirty-five years ago when Mad Max first seared the screens.

    Miller’s reimagining is lean in narrative, extravagant in action, purposeful in intent, and laserlike in focus. That it also happens to be a feminist subversion of the genre is icing on a very multi-layered cake. Miller wastes no time plunging the audience into the action. Our Mad Max (Tom Hardy), still plagued with guilt over being unable to save his family, is captured by a gang of War Boys and imprisoned in the Citadel. The Citadel is ruled by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, Toecutter in the original Mad Max), a brutal despot with an untamed lion’s mane, heavily painted face, a toothsome mask connected to a breathing apparatus, and translucent armour over his boil-marked flesh. He controls the water and, by extension, the starved population who live in fear of Joe and his blindly devoted War Boys, violent punk soldiers with shaved heads, torsos painted white, and an appetite for destruction.

    Mad Max: Fury Road is not about how our hero untangles himself from an inescapable situation, but rather how he comes to cross paths with the film’s true protagonist, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Tasked with filling up the fuel reserves at Gastown, the raccoon-eyed, one-armed warrior absconds with Immortan Joe’s prize breeders, five beautiful young women (Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton) held captive and forced to bear his children. When Immortan Joe learns of her betrayal, he amasses his soldiers and goes after Furiosa.

    One of his soldiers, Nux (Nicholas Hoult), eager to impress his leader, insists on going despite his low levels. No matter, Max will serve as his own personal blood bank. Thus Max is strapped to the front of Nux’s vehicle; a human grille ornament, his face encased in a muzzle, and a metal chain keeping him attached to Nux. How he manages to survive the brutal, nail-biting, pulse-pounding chase that ensues is breathtaking to watch. Yet survive Max does, entering into an uneasy alliance with Furiosa as they attempt to escape the various war parties hot on their heels.

    The action sequences are beyond the extremes of imagination. It’s a detonation of anarchy, all these supercharged vehicles that crash and collide into one another, war boys hanging off the sides like streamers, wailing like banshees, and unleashing everything at their disposal. Just when you think the mayhem has peaked, Miller deploys cars that look like overgrown porcupines with spikes shredding through metal and flesh, motorcyclists leaping through the air to drop grenades, war boys on poles to lower them onto and into Furiosa’s rig, and did I mention the awe-inspiring sandstorm that engulfs all who come in its way? Unhinged and unbound, it is as if the film is in the midst of some relentless, almost libidinal feeding frenzy. Oh what a lovely day indeed.

    Theron and Hardy deliver raw, nuanced, and soulful portrayals. She is as formidable a figure as any of her male counterparts, and the grudging but gradual respect Furiosa and Max develop for one another is one of the film’s best components. In fact, for all the film’s nihilism and savagery, Miller weaves in a tenderness that doesn’t feel mawkish or manipulative.

    The true stars of the film, however, are the stuntmen who engage in some of the most jaw-dropping and outrageously choreographed chaos ever put on film. Miller stays true to the DIY spirit of the first three films, with the CGI kept at a minimum. That genuine danger only enhances this highly visceral, endlessly exhilarating, and flat out brilliant masterpiece.

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  • (Rating: ☆☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is recommended.

    In brief: As reboots go, the crash-and burn crowd will love this epic state-of-the-art filmmaking. Others, not so much.

    GRADE: B

    The good news about our bleak future is that even with the limited amount of water and gas, our vehicles will not be gas-guzzlers, will never overheat, and can get at least 200 miles per gallon. Earth may be a wasteland, but you can still get around pretty well. Survival is within one’s grasp for the most fast and furious of us all. So throw that logic to the wayside and put your pedal to the metal for George Miller’s reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road. (It’s the only way you can survive this onslaught of heavy metal and road rage.)

    There’s a lot of sound and fury (but not much plot) in the wild steam-punk extravaganza called The CGI and stunt work are jaw-dropping. Shall we say…to the Max? And there is more demolition and destruction per minute than most action films this days as director George Miller brings back his Mad Max saga with a vengeance.

    Yes, the crash-and burn crowd will have found nirvana with this action thriller, with its big rigs and even bigger wheels, fast motorcycles, and super muscle cars. Other moviegoers looking for more story and substance need not apply.

    As for me, my feeling were decidedly mixed. I felt somewhat uninvolved with the resulting mayhem on the screen, yet was in awe of the spectacle. Expectations were high for this film, and the film delivers with the non-stop action sequences so unrelenting and well staged. Production values are top-notch all the way. Still a nagging sense of the unfulfilled lingered throughout my moviegoing experience. The actors do a credible enough job, especially Charlize Theron. The budget is bigger and one action scene easily tops the next in a giddy childlike craving for more thrills. Had I somehow outgrown the absurd nonsense of the post-apocalyptic future and become desensitized to the carnal violence from years of viewing other action thrillers of the same ilk? Why didn’t I get more pleasure from this new and so-called improved version? It is what it is.

    While visually satisfying for the eye, the mind has no such engagement. Exposition and dialog are at a minimum. The non-existent plot is never fully explained. (There is virtually no deep revenge motive as in the original source. No time for real emotion to be on display; just plenty of car crashes and violent killings.) The whole film is just our anti-hero Max escaping one perilous situation from the next mindless chase scene, albeit stunningly filmed and choreographed.

    In retrospect, the colorful characters are pale comparisons to Mel Gibson and his cronies. The actors are not at fault; it’s the script which sacrifices character development for bigger adrenal-pumped stunts. Tom Hardy takes over the Mad Max role and his interpretation is less sexual cool and more brutish retro hero who speaks in his low raspy voice and grunts his dialog. He is still effective in the role, but he downplays the character to the point of irrelevance and keeps his emoting at bay when the opposite acting choice would have had more impact on the moviegoing audience. One rarely empathizes with this updated Max wannabe. Ms. Theron actually has the more showier role as Imperator Furiosa, a female rogue warrior. The actress makes the most of it with her gonzo crazed look, buzzcut and metal arm, and her macho posturing. She brings woman empowerment to another level with her Amazonian crew along for the ride. (Let’s here it for the girls!) In fact, Theron’s character has more screen presence and steals the film from under Max’s grip.

    Also helping to keep things in motion are Nicholas Hoult as Nux, who plays a psycho sidekick and rightfully overdoes his madness. Hugh Keays-Bryne as Immortan Joe, brings real menace to his villainous one-note role.

    The director’s work remains solid, even if his script (along with Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris) lacks any real depth. Miller once again captures the surreal qualities from his earlier trilogy and masterfully handles the non-stop action. His use of hyper movement contrasting with slow motion imagery heightens the tension and adds a poetic spin to his vision of scorched vistas and its zombie-like inhabitants. The film is stunning reproduced with all its pyrotechnics and razzle-dazzle. There is an epic beauty about it all. Kudos to the stark production design by Colin Gibson, the frenetic editing by Margaret Sixel and the atmospheric photography by John Seale, all contributing greatly to Miller’s absurd world.

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a mad exhausting romp to the dark side. Hell never looked so good.

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  • Quickie Review:

    The world as we know it no longer exists, turned into an endless scorching desert where every drop of water and fuel is precious enough to kill for. Furiosa (Charlize Theron) rebels against the oppression of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) by aiding in the escape of his wives. She comes across Max (Tom Hardy), a mystery man who needs Furiosa just as much as she needs him in their quest for survival. Mad Max Fury Road is one of the most mind-blowing, insane action movies in recent years. By relying on mostly practical stunts there is a real sense of danger, tension, excitement, and awe with every explosion, flip, and wreck of the cars. More surprisingly there is heart behind the action, thanks to the well-developed characters. Mad Max’s beautiful chaos is a sight to behold and must be experienced on the big screen.

    Full Review:

    I have never seen the original Mad Max movies, I just never got around to watching them. Since this was a reboot of sorts there is no need to watch them, and I wanted to go into the movie fresh. So this review comes from someone with no prior knowledge of the franchise. Short of it, I loved it!

    The thing that people will be talking about after the movie ends is the action. This is action like you have never seen before. CGI is only used when it is absolutely needed and the other 90% of the time it is real cars crashing and flipping in every way they can. The chase scenes are breath taking and heart pounding, and I mean that literally. After the first action sequence ended I had to remind myself to exhale because I felt like I was holding my breath in awe for the entire scene. When another sequence ended I checked my pulse, I don’t know the exact beats per minute but it felt like I just came off the treadmill after 15mins of running. Like I said Mad Max is beautiful chaos but because of the great shot composition there is sense in the chaos. I never felt lost, I always knew what was going on despite the frantic nature of the scenes. That is why you will fully appreciate all the effort put into filming this movie.

    One of the things I was most nervous about from the trailers was the world of Mad Max. I feared that everything would be so crazy, like the flame-thrower guitarist on a truck, that it’d be too distracting. However, the world is so well-conceived and well realised by director George Miller that even the most insane things make sense in that context. Yes, that includes the flame-thrower guitarist, he was awesome! Additionally the cinematography and soundtrack brought a much grander scale to an otherwise simple story.

    Behind all the visuals though there is a level of depth to the movie that I did not anticipate. The best character of the movie by far is Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. Even with her disability she is incredibly strong willed and determined to finish her mission. After all, she carries a lot of the emotional consequences if she were to fail and so I was really invested in her story. In a genre dominated by male actors it is refreshing to see a compelling female character such as Furiosa, and we need more of them in Hollywood. Then there is also Nicholas Hoult as Nux who had a great story arc. I was surprised how much I empathised with his character. You might be wondering why I haven’t talked about Max yet in a movie called Mad Max, well that’s simply because he is not really the central character. Don’t get me wrong, he has a major role in the movie and Tom Hardy plays a convincing hardened hero. Nevertheless, this is mostly a Furiosa centric story. That may be a complaint for some that Max should’ve been the focus, and I can see their reasoning. The way I understood it was that this film is one of many stories or legends in this world, where a mystery man (Max) plays an important part in helping our heroes succeed. In that sense the way Max’s character was handled was fitting.

    We are only half way through this decade and already I’ll call it: Mad Max is the best action movie of this decade, the very least top 5. I have a strong feeling that Mad Max Fury Road will be a classic decades from now. I cannot stress this enough, you absolutely have to watch this on the big screen, IMAX if possible. You are robbing yourself of a truly unique visceral experience if you miss this one. The only person I wouldn’t recommend this movie to is someone with a heart condition, because it might get too intense.

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  • In the mid-1980’s, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior represented the first time I ever saw a movie on VHS. No joke. There I was, taking in the existential, catastrophic splendor and thrusted into a funky, eclectic world that only director George Miller could deposit me in. I was also taken aback by the aura of star Mel Gibson. He didn’t say much. He just drove the big rig and gave any punk rocker delinquent the business (via a veritable, sawed-off shotgun). When the announcement that a new installment was on the horizon (some thirty years later), it was also predicated on the fact that Australia’s favorite son be omitted from the lead role. Brit Tom Hardy who seems to be everywhere these days, got to inhabit the driver’s seat (ha-ha). The question on every moviegoer’s mind is can he fill the shoes of “mad” Mel? The answer is, it doesn’t matter. Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t entirely about the character of Max Rockatansky. And Hardy for what it’s worth, only possesses about a smidgen of Melle Mel’s ear to the grindstone screen presence. For practical purposes though, he’ll do and so will the movie. Its plot is slight yet there are action sequences providing enough scorched antics and kinetic motion to make your eyes shoot through the back of your head. We’re talking apocalypse now more than ever.

    Historically, George Miller has been in charge of every Mad Max movie since their franchised inception back in 1979. He takes everything that made those films work and ratchets it up a few more notches here. His world in “Fury Road”, is made up of caricatures that for the most part, are funkier, nastier, and much more repugnant. This is imagination outside five boxes. The look is more modern too. Cinematographer John Seale (he shot The Tourist) harbors a canvas that is ablaze, drenched, and vehemently dusty. It’s like a sunburn that eventually turns golden brown. As for storytelling sensibilities, well they are fashioned less than in all three of the previous outings combined. The script is the product of more than one writer and you think to yourself, “did it need that many?” In truth, there’s not a whole lot of dialogue anyway and I suppose whatever amount is messaged to the audience, well it probably comes off as concealed. No matter. I honestly don’t go to Mad Max movies for the account. I want to view what Roger Daltrey sang about (that would be the tune by The Who called “Let’s See Action”). Granted, this 2015 release has enough pyrotechnics, villainy, and aerodynamic exertion for ten movies (with what seems like almost no CGI). I hope the stuntmen got paid handsomely because they work some serious overtime.

    Now the last thirty minutes of Mad Max: Fury Road are a masterpiece all in itself. They make the flick better than it really is or even has a right to be. You gotta use your utmost imagination or just think Raiders of the Lost Ark on anabolic steroids. What precludes is an extended chase sequence with enough semi trucks and other motorized vehicles to overrun the city of Detroit. There is violence in nature here and acrobatic candour that simply wears you out.

    So who is this all attributed to? Well director George Miller of course and at age 70, he is one feisty fellow. This dude is like the Martin Scorsese of action directors because of his starry-eyed energy that’s blatantly possessed. He hadn’t made a Mad Max film since 1985 so you know that he had a lot of time to subjugate his newest vision. My thinking is that he might have checked out 1995’s Waterworld for the costume design, to polish things up a bit, and to add some new angles (there are shots in “Fury Road” where the villainous malefactors are off in the distance and you know that danger is coming. It reminded me of said film so sue me). His premise is in short doses and it intervenes between periods of metal-geared rubble and heavy metal stage prog.

    You have of course, Max (Tom Hardy). He’s an Australian prisoner and a man who’s held captive while being used for upside down blood donation. Then there’s Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron in the token, female badass role). She’s a War Rig driver who is helping five wives escape from breeding slavery. Finally, we have Nux (played by Nicolas Hoult who reminded me of the Gyro Captain from The Road Warrior). He’s a sick War Boy and needs a large amount of ichor to go on surviving. That’s all I’m gonna reveal. Just know that all of these souped-up characters are in some way, connected. Now your job is to buy a ticket, get strapped in, and let the chaos and upheaval simply spill onto the screen.

    In conclusion, this film has garnered four stars from many of the nation’s critics. I myself enjoyed it but I’m scratching my head to figure where all the enormous praise came from. Here’s how I chalked up my rating. I gave Mad Max: Fury Road three and a half stars for the audacious, relentless suspense and two and a half stars for the razor thin narrative. That results in a solid dose of action-adventure fare but not something that’s catered to magnum opus territory. Regardless, this is still a “road” worth taking. There are no exits, no stop lights, and the aspect of no passing lanes is irrelevant. To quote Nicolas Hoult’s albino, cracked-lipped Nux, “what a day, what a lovely day!” Natch.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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  • The Mad Max franchise has been a wholly Australian series of films. Yeah, Tina Turner was in Beyond Thunderdome, but we try to forget that. The movies focus on Australian’s love of cars and our harsh, unforgiving outback. But Fury Road doesn’t quite live up to the sleek vision created by Dr George Miller all those years ago and instead drowns in unbelievable landscapes and physical violence that seems out of place.

    In the harsh post-apocalyptic world that has come, Max (Tom Hardy) has been captured by the followers of the cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Joe’s top lieutenant Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) has been sent out to get oil from the nearby Gastown. It is soon revealed that Furiosa has stolen away Joe’s harem and he sends out his armies to get them back. Max is sent along with Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who needs Max’s blood to survive, but Max soon joins up with Furiosa to help her on her quest.

    Now before I get started with any of my thoughts on the movie, I want you to know that I understand that this is supposed to be a mindless bit of entertainment. But that’s the thing. Both Mad Max and Mad Max 2 were fun, but they were also better than this. They had simple story-lines with not too much in depth backgrounds going on. Here you are constantly confused by who characters are and what relationship they have to others (let alone figuring out what some of them are).

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  • There are some movies considering a visual style, the special FX or pure TNT action that set the benchmark of excellence for other movies to follow. These films come very rare, sometime once in a decade. It is even more rare to actually see I remake which is directed by the same director from the original movie and it is total rarity if the new version is better then the original. This is precisely what we get with this years most action charged remake of “Mad Max: Fury Road”, an absolutely marvelous attempt by director George Miller to revitalize this cult 80’s classic. The original trilogy set Mel Gibson on to the Hollywood stardom and who knows this film might take Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy to the next level as well.
    “Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord’s henchmen in a high-speed, deadly chase through the Wasteland.”
    Essentially the whole movie we might describe as long continues action chase scene. The intensity of pyrotechnics, stunts and greens screen compositions is a unbelievable experience. I had a pleasure to see it twice. Once in IMAX 3D and once in standard 3D. The IMAX version is where the film truly excels, in fact watching it, you as the viewer are actively participating in what is going on on the screen. The combination of great sound design and visuals create hypnotic atmosphere which we are lucky to experience. I must say I don’t remember the last time I felt such a rush, it is truly mind-blowing. The way it is shot it looks as if director of photography recorded the action sequences in very slow frame rate and and in the post production editor speeded the action up creating very crisp sharp picture. Normally whenever camera operator moves camera sideways it creates a motion blur. In “Mad Max: Fury Road” the picture is so crisp that at times is almost looking bit artificial. Apparently 80% of the movie was shot on location using practical stunts and only 20% of sequences where supplemented with CGI. I have to say the first 30 minutes can be put in to a film history books as the most intense and mind-blowing action sequence. This film also uses a different color palate then most post apocalyptic movies of the past which usually focus on washed out desaturated color scheme. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is highly colorful and saturated with red hot explosions and beautiful golden deserts. The final color correction is a real eye candy.
    The lead performances are very solid. Charlize Theron brings extreme amount of intensity not seen since her magnificent Oscar awarded performance in “Monster”. You can see that she did her homework. The inner work which she has learned in Ivana Chubbuck studio shines through every inch of her being. There is a strength and vulnerability in her performance which in someway steals the whole movie. Tom Hardy in the last few years became truly well crafted actor. His minimalistic approach to acting brings to mind genius of Marlon Brando. He does’t talk much relying on body language and sort of mumbling delivery of lines which creates very believable characterization. The chemistry between him and Theron is very good and we are hoping for them to succeed and fall for each other on the romantic level. It looks like Nicholas Hoult has been casted based of his performance as a lovable zombie in “Warm Bodies” and to some extent delivers similar type of performance as a War Boy – Nux who is trying to get to mythical Valhalla, place popularized by Vikings as the paradise after death where all the real warriors reside after their heroic death.
    In terms of the story or rather a plot “Mad Max: Fury Road” is very straight forward which for some might leave something to be desired. But lets face it this film does what it promises. It offers mind-blowing action unlike any other you have seen in the last few years.
    In that regard “Mad Max: Fury Road” sets a new standard for action intensity and it looks like we will see more of sequels considering that Tom Hardy signed a contract to make 3 more movies.
    If there is one thing to be critical about it, is the fact that plenty of dialog was rerecorded using ADR (automatic dialog replacement) which gives sense of artificiality, because it is very difficult to rerecord dialog and give the same type of performance intensity as in the actual take on location. The reason for it might be above mentioned frame rate racking, which later in post-production is being speed up where lips do not move in sink with the sound of the actors and subsequently need to be looped in ADR session.
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a new type of movie of a digital filmmaking age, sort of benchmark of how other action movies will be judged. I loved it and if you like an exhilarating action you want be disappointed as well. I promise!

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  • 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, George Miller has returned to the Australian outback in the grandest way possible. Mad Max: Fury Road continues the story of Max Rockatansky- the character Mel Gibson made so iconic back in the day- as he continues to navigate his way through the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Still haunted by the demons of his past, Max must team up with Imperator Furiosa, a renegade on the run to survive and bring order to the wasteland by combating the threat of the tyrannical warlord, Immortan Joe.

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a groundbreaking piece of work, not only is it a great movie but should be the standard for every action movie to come. George Miller orchestrates a breathtaking spectacle of high-octane, exhilarating and gut-wrenching action, there is rarely a moment when Miller doesn’t have the audience at the edge of their seats. The set-pieces are fantastic and marvelously choreographed while the film’s reliance on practice-effects rather than CGI gives it a unique and gritty feel unlike anything else.

    Tom Hardy does a stupendous of taking over the role of Max Rockatansky, he’s a more than worthy successor to Mel Gibson and even though he has a handful of lines throughout the movie it’s his sheer presence and amazing physicality that make his performance so charismatic and memorable. However, that being said, this is ultimately Charlize Theron’s movie. A ferocious warrior one minute, a thoughtful protector the next, Furiousa really is the beating heart of this film and an all out intriguing and exciting character brought to life by Theron’s terrific performance. As Immoratan Joe, Hugh Keays-Byrne serves as a competent antagonist and again it’s his presence and that is most terrifying and intimidating. Cinematographer John Seale who was brought out of retirement by Miller astounds us with wonderful eye-popping imagery which gives the film a distinct visual panache. Junkie XL’s searing soundtrack serves as the perfect companion to the film’s invigorating action, the kinetic as bombastic score is always boiling at the surface, ready to explode at a moment’s notice. The storytelling on the other hand, has a language of its own and relies on the film’s set-pieces to serve as the vehicle for plot development and character beats rather than dialogue.

    All in all, Mad Max: Fury Road is the summer blockbuster we deserve. George Miller crafts a film that stands out as a modern-day classic and undoubtedly sets the benchmark for every action film to follow. You are unlikely to see a more thrilling movie anytime soon, whats more, the film has a surprising bit of heart as well which is uncommon is most action movies and many parts of the movie invoke some real emotion. Above all however, Mad Max: Fury Road is an action behemoth, beautiful, chaotic and complex in its own way.

    Final Score: 9.8/10

    -Khalid Rafi

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  • I have only seen bits and pieces of the original Mad Max films so I won’t be making any comparisons between the two. Without a doubt, this was one of the most unique movies I’ve seen. I have never been able to say about a movie that it was the weirdest and darkest, but very well-made films I have ever seen until I sat down to watch Mad Max: Fury Road. Still, I felt very mislead because it didn’t advertise the fact that there would be less than 150 lines of dialogue in the whole that definitely resulted in the lack of character depth and acting in the film. Despite some of it’s shortcomings, Mad Max: Fury Road delivers in it’s promise of a movie that is ninety-nine percent action with some of the most realistic effects ever seen on the big screen.

    I am a huge fan of Tom Hardy. I think he is a great actor whose best films still lie in front of him. But, if you are going to hire a great actor in a big budget action film, give him something to work with. It is pretty hard to act in an action movie when you get virtually one line of dialogue ever five minutes. I would not be surprised to learn that Charlie Theron(who has the most screen time) and Nicolas Hoult had more lines that Tom Hardy. I understand, I understand this is an action film, but that is not an excuse for lack of character depth and development in the movie. Yes, Max is just a “Road Warrior” whose mind will always be the same, but that does not mean he has to be a static character throughout the whole movie. The only person whose character changed during the movie was Nicolas Hoult, a supporting actor. I feel that any good movie needs a good amount of character development to make the story interesting and exciting, especially for an action film.

    Enough about the bad aspects of the movie. Now, we are going to talk about the without a doubt best part of the movie, the action. So basically, the whole movie is one giant car chase with minimal breaks in between. Naturally this calls for some great action sequences. From what I read on the movie, George Miller(the director) wanted to use CGI very sparingly and use as much on-set action as possible to give the movie a very realistic style. He achieved action filmmaker Hall of Fame by using so. Never have I quite seen explosions and action sequences in a film quite like the ones in Mad Max: Fury Road. So many times during the movie, I kept asking myself “how the hell did they film that?” The answer even if told to me, I probably still wouldn’t be able to comprehend.

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  • Movie Name : Mad Max: Fury Road
    Genre : Action
    Rating : Astounding 4.5 /5

    One thing I noted while watching Mad Max: Fury Road was its simple story told with fascinating execution and commendable action scenes, and that is the beauty of this film which was over-stretched in the climax but was saved by outstanding script.

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a follow-up to the hugely popular Mad Max series in which Mad Max is captured by cult leader Immortan Joe. He gets the chance to runaway when Joe’s imperator Furiosa rescues wives imprisoned to Joe.

    It has been 30 years since George Miller directed the high-octane Mad Max series and he switched to kid flicks like Happy feet and Babe. Probably the inseparable love brought him back to the popular franchise and he gave his best as both director and writer. The opening scene is probably one of the best scene with well-executed chasing scene that will take your breath away. The story unfolds showing the desperate post-apocalyptic phase with weird and crazy characters you would not even imagine in your life. Once the action rolls out, there is no turning back. This is probably nerve- breaking , ears splitting and eventful action stunts which is jaw dropping. Hats off to both action director , stylish camera work and astounding art direction capturing the rough and tough terrain of Namibia Desert. Screenplay is engaging and will not let you blink for a second. Charlize Theron carries the film on her shoulder. She is indeed amazing and will be loved for her tough role. Tom hardy as Max is wasted. An actor of his caliber should have better characterized. Nicholas Hoult was surprisingly good.

    A kick-ass action which will pump up your adrenalin.

    – Ketan Gupta

  • George Miller’s return to Mad Max is — who would have expected? — a great feminist film.
    The landscape is unrelieved aridity and machinery, the dryness of the sterile male. The monster machines are technology without humanity, so they represent male power at its worst. The horde of pale bald humans connote another kind of sterility. The men’s only skin growth are boils and tattoos.
    Hence the evil kingpin’s obsessive pride in having impregnated one of his “breeders” and his determination to recover the harem when they are swept off by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). The ruler is a pustular ruin who’s encased in a shell of medals and plastic armour to conceal his venereal decay. He survives on a breathing machine. He monopolizes the water and doles out occasional spates to keep his subjects dry, enslaved and grateful, awed by his pretence to immortality. That Imperator will disprove.The tyrant’s son Ritcus Erectus bears another name redolent of futile macho power, as he celebrates his stillborn baby brother “perfect in every way” — but dead. The society’s emblem is a stark grinning skull.
    Theron plays the heroine bald and flat-chested, eschewing the conventional heroine’s beauties. The women she saves are young, insecure, their nipples outlined flat behind the white wisps they wear. In contrast, the tyrant’s production line of milking mothers are swollen grotesques. In a world sans water the characters live on mother’s milk, a reminder of the — but here abused — natural primacy of the feminine.
    As the heroine’s name suggests, she is both angry and driven — an imperative fury. Her character’s name provides the film’s subtitle. The narrative road is the woman’s fury. She is enraged at the male power that reduces woman to milking machine and breeder. There is no indication of sexual pleasure, except for the one girl’s loving caress of the reformed thug. Imperator resolves to save what girls she can from their strictly reproductive service.
    Hero Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is maximum hardrock but he starts imprisoned, both caged by the villains and boxed in by the trauma of having failed to save his wife and child a few films ago. His fights with Imperator are even. As their relationship grows away from their initial distrust and violence there is not a single word of sentiment or romance. Necessity breeds a tentative trust, which eventually grows to include his initial enemy, Nux. The film ends with the hero and heroine exchanging a wordless nod across the distance between her settling in as new ruler of The Citadel (a reference to the brutish male military academy) and his disappearance in the crowd, off to seek his own solitary redemption. Miller eschews their romantic coupling because these women don’t need to depend on men. Imperator’s home community may have lost the green and richness she remembers from childhood but its women are tough, competent survivors. The oldest carries a satchel of seeds that will bring a new fertility to the blowing sands once Imperator frees the water the first ruler hoarded.
    Of course this is a very violent, loud, sensational film. But at its heart is the reminder of the feminine upon which our species’ survival is far more dependent than upon male power. That lesson justifies this sensational fable — and compels us to overlook its pervasive improbabilities: the characters’ survival without food and water, the monster technology they have somehow managed to construct post-apocalypse, and the characters’ rebounding from such violent assaults. It’s a fable, a feminist fable, nestled within the strut of macho blockbuster. So Max washes a killed foe’s blood off his face with mother’s milk. Our feminine is the great cleanser.

  • The cars and costumes and whatever are pretty cool. It’s fun looking at all that for about five minutes, or maybe ten if you try really hard.

    The stuff about resources makes little sense and is not introduced in a way which creates any sort of plot or dramatic tension to care about. The characters are two-dimensional and the very limited script is so poor that it’s actually embarrassing when the actors mumble or shout their lines, which are often fairly incomprehensible anyway. Since it’s consequently impossible to care about anyone in the film or what they’re doing (let’s drive all the way to some remote place for no apparent reason, then turn around and go all the way back again for no apparent reason – wow) the action just becomes a tedious parade of inconsequential noise and flashing lights.

    It’s like someone took the action sequence at the end of Mad Max 2, threw away all the stuff before it which actually explained what was happening and why you should care about it, then just stretched it out for two hours. That’s all it is – a very, very, VERY long action sequence. Utterly mind-numbing. I’d have walked out after an hour or sooner if I hadn’t been there with a friend. The irony is that it turned out afterwards he was feeling the same way about it, and if we’d both known then we could have left and spent an hour doing something interesting instead of watching the second tedious half of this rubbish.

    There are a thousand silly B movies which are infinitely more enjoyable than this. It’s boring, miserable and exhausting. There’s no chemistry between characters, no humour, no spark of any kind. It’s just mindless noisy spectacle which goes on far too long. Shame they turned it into a film, it would have made a superb five-minute pop video.

    I have no idea why this film is so highly rated. The art of story telling and movie making seems to be slowly dying a death…

  • “I live…I die…I live again!”

    Nearly 30 years after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and three years after it began filming, Mad Max: Fury Road has finally been unveiled to a new generation of movie-goers…and the wait has been worth it!

    Mad Max: Fury Road is the 2015 post-apocalyptic action film directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It’s the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, and it’s being deemed not only the best of the franchise but one of the best action films to date. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, replacing Mel Gibson for the title role. Gibson initially signed on to the project back in the early 2000s, but lost interest when the project was dropped due to filming complications in the Middle East; Miller admit that the actor change was preferable as he wanted Max to remain a younger character as the same “contemporary warrior”.

    The action-heavy flick is set in the distant future where water and fuel are scarce, and civilization is ruled by the malevolent dictator Immortan Joe. Immortan Joe’s tranquility is interrupted when Furiosa (Charlize Theron) helps a handful of his sex slaves escape the Citadel to gain their freedom. On their way to the matriarchal promised land, the women encounter Max on the road, who becomes involved in the search for the promised land with Immortan Joe’s road warrior minions in hot pursuit.

    On the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film is “Certified Fresh” with a 98% approval rating and an average score of 8.7/10 based on 258 reviews. The site’s consensus reads, “With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.”

    Anyone familiar with the Mad Max franchise knows certain components of this post-apocalypic world are guaranteed: over-the-top car chases, daring stunts, macho cars and the patriarch behind it all–Max Rockatansky. As someone unfamiliar with the Mad Max movies, I wanted to compose my top reasons to see this film from an outsiders perspective.

    As someone usually completely disinterested in eruptions of fire, CGI explosions and mad-crazy action, Fury Road was quite a surprise–it actually held my interest from start to finish! But what makes this action-infused adventure enjoyable is the minimal CGI use and the overwhelming sense of wasteland reality.
    According to director George Miller, CGI was predominantly used to “remove stunt wires and car rigs and touch up the look of the surrounding environment–that aside, the stunts are mostly all real.

    The unrecognizable Nicholas Hoult is absolutely mental! As the overly-scarred and tumored war boy slave of Immortan Joe, Nux is one of the greatest scene stealers of the movie. The chrome-loving nutcase has a change of heart in his quest to capture Immortan Joe’s freed sex slaves, which makes him all the more likable with some of the most character depth and development in the movie.

    In an article by The Guardian, “When Miller wrote the script in 1999, he conceived of Hoult’s character as a quasi kamikaze pilot. Then the film got stuck in development hell after the dollar crashed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Today, he’s careful not to be drawn too far on the contemporary echoes. The concept of a glorious battle death resulting in entry to warrior paradise is age-old, he says. ‘Now we have another rendering of that, but it’s been a constant’ while Joe’s kingdom is, ‘like all cults, invented to get people to die on your behalf’. Theron, too, steers clear of generalisation. ‘Everybody’s looking for a sliver of hope and for most of these boys that’s the only thing they have. That’s where their worth is. Very much a reflection of what’s going on in the world.’”

    To most viewers surprise, myself included, Max isn’t the predominant focus of the film, nor is he doing the majority of ass-kicking–Furiosa is! What’s great about this movie twist is that not only is Furiosa the star of the film, but she proves that women can lead with men as their sidekicks.

    The leading ladies of the film, both young and grandma’s age, are certainly not “things” nor are they anyone you’d want to mess with in this movie. Even grandma kicks ass with a shotgun! You’d think this troupe of actresses and models would play second fiddle to the main cast, but they hold their own next to the powerful Furiosa.

    But fans of the original trilogy shouldn’t worry. There’s more than my top five reasons to see Mad Max–these are just my highlights of the much-anticipated 21st century sequel to the franchise. Anticipate hearing more about this movie come Oscar season…it may be George Miller’s year for some recognition…or at least more accolades for Charlize Theron!

  • “Witness me Blood Bag!! Witness!!! I live, I die, I live again!!”

    There’s one word that comes to my mind after watching “Mad Max Fury Road”, and that’s the word “madness”. This is a perfect visualization of what the term madness means. I truly believe that the creators and writers of this hallucinatory trip were fed with hallucinogens. A spacious cocktail of exotic mushrooms, barbiturates and other drug-related products. Otherwise I wouldn’t know how they could think up this crazy, wacky post-apocalyptic film. A film that feels as if it consists of a single action scene. You’re not given a moment to catch your breath. It’s undeniable that this movie adopted the concept of “Mad Max” from 1979, a legendary cult film with young Mel Gibson in a leading role. The same desolate and parched Australian landscape with a shortage of water and petrol governed by fanatical gangs.

    I must confess I’ve already watched this film a while ago and I never saw the need to publish my review. I thought that my opinion would contribute nothing to the general opinion that you could read here and there on the internet. Everyone uses the same superlatives and glorifying terms for this extravagant action movie. In general, everybody agrees this is an insanely great, explosive, ingenious and never tedious re-boot.”It’s loud. It’s unrelenting. It’s crazily exciting, and, at times, it’s just bloody weird”. “Why repeat this again?” I thought to myself over and over again. But recent events forced me to rewrite it a bit and highlight an additional aspect that’s applicable to today’s events.

    We return to the scorching desert in a post-nuclear world where people struggle to survive and follow crazy figures that rule over vital resources such as oil and water. Someone like Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who thinks he’s a kind of god and tyrannically keeps his followers in his grip. He rules the Citadel (an old water reservoir) and has his own private army of fanatical War Boys. This Mad Max episode shows how this lawless gang of lunatics start chasing Imperator Furiosa (Charlize “The Italian Job” Theron). She kidnapped Joe’s harem (including Zoe Kravitz, daughter of). She’s later assisted by Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) who serves the first half hour as a living blood supply for War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult).

    After the terrorist attacks in Europe and hearing a debate about the motives of a suicide bomber, I came to the conclusion that the creepy War Boys exhibit similar characteristics. They follow blindly a charismatic leader and sacrifice themselves for the greater goal. A hero status is awaiting them when killed in battle. They earn a one way ticket to a paradise they call Valhalla. By sacrificing themselves they become immortal in one fell swoop. Strange, but after the IS attacks, I immediately thought of this brainwashed gang. A similar motivation and the same destructive self-sacrifice.And then there’s the guitarist firmly attached with elastics who’s stirring up the troops into action, while he’s playing his flame-throwing guitar. An absurd image amidst total chaos. Similar to the drummer at the forefront during the battles at Waterloo. Or “Piper Bill” who walked undisturbed on the beach with his bagpipes at Normandy landings in WWII.

    It’s evident that every fiction film contains comparables with reality sometimes. But beyond these serious digressions that overtook me, I can only recommend to watch and enjoy this macho blockbuster, filled with action-packed chase scenes with futuristic cars. A with diesel and gun smoke smelling stunner that deserves to be titled “Furiosa: Fury Road”. Charlize Theron effortlessly outperforms Nicholas Hoult. It’s not Mad Max who demands the lion’s share of attention. You can call him Mad “Drip feed” instead.

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