By Orla Smith
STARRING: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
DIRECTED BY: George Miller
WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2
GENRE: Action, Dystopian
SYNOPSIS: This return of Mad Max sees him joining a group of women led by Imperator Furiosa escaping from overlord Immortan Joe in an elaborate road race.
This movie is just as crazy as its trailer lets on. We were promised a non-stop thrill ride with vibrant, dusty cinematography and fantastic practical effects and that’s what we got. Mad Max: Fury Road is a wholly unique and fantastic vision from the mind of original creator George Miller but it’s altogether unsurprising that the most fitting adjective I could use to describe it is: Mad.
There’s so much to cover but I think it’s important to start with the practical effects, as the whole film is an almost non-stop action sequence. It’s refreshing to have a film use so much real stunt work in this era of CGI ridden filmmaking. It adds a definite edge of realism and grit that compliments the frenetic style of the film. And what stunts did they dream up! The whole thing is done mostly in cars, but George Miller has thought up continually more over the top ideas to ramp up the energy to mind blowing levels. It’s gets to the level of characters powering their car’s engines by playing heavy metal rock on guitars that fire flames. No, I’m not joking.
Tom Hardy as Max does a really good job, although all in all I’d say he only has about fifteen lines in the whole movie. The real star is Charlize Theron as Furiosa, who is not only a fierce and empowering character but a real and two dimensional one. Charlize Theron is fantastic and let’s hope this is the role that revitalizes her career.
The world of Mad Max is extremely vibrant and inventive. The character design is wonderfully strange and the excellent editing style adds perfectly to the feverish feel of the whole thing. From the very first frame of Max looking out over a wasteland you’re sucked in and the film doesn’t let you breathe from that moment on. For action junkie’s this is a good thing, however I did find myself wanting a bit of light and shade every now and again. It was relentless and also just a tad too long for my taste. A more concise hour and a half may have worked better and made for a more complete package. As it is the film does have a little fat that could be cut down.
If you’re an action fan there’s no doubt about it: you simply have to see this movie. It’s captivating and relentlessly thrilling the whole way through. It’s got potential to be the movie of the summer season, and even those not easily won over by the action genre will be intrigued by the world George Miller has created here. Whether you’ve seen the original films or not, Mad Max: Fury Road is accessible to everyone and, in my opinion, recommendable to everyone.
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