US release Date: May 15 2015
Running time: 120 min.
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, post-apocalyptic
Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brenda McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max Fury Road is out now in theaters across the country, and after watching this roller coaster ride of metal and fire I just can’t believe how good this film was. Director George Miller returns to the post apocalyptic wastelands of Australia with the road warrior himself Max Rockatansky. This fourth film in the franchise is the most crazy and ambitious one yet compared to the first three. Tom Hardy has been chosen as Mel Gibson’s successor to the role of Max and gives a quiet but explosive performance. I had no doubt in my mind that every actor given a role for Fury Road was going to hit a home run. This might be a Mad Max movie, but Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron has equal or even more screen time then Hardy. A ruthless driven woman fighting for a chance at freedom and redemption.
The Film starts off with a heavy atmosphere; Max surveying the area looking for possible bandits or even trying to find his next meal. With sounds of engines in the air, Max drives for the hills knowing the War Boys are right on his tail. Fast forward ten minutes and we meet the man behind the myth; Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who also starred in the very first Mad Max movie as Toecutter. Immortan Joe sees all and controls all, a king or even deity of the wasteland. Speaking to his War Boys of Valhalla; the place where all his servants go when they meet there demise, along with promises of a place at his side if they do as he commands. Max has fallen victim to his sacrilegious ways, being held captive and chained only to be a feeding bag for all who need his blood.
Mad Max Fury Road from beginning to end kicks your head in with a ten pound steel boot and never lets up. The vehicle combat sequences are all one hundred percent real practical effects, real cars and actual explosions, and it pays off big time. There are some computer generated parts but 90 percent of this film is real. Explosive car sequences that go from zero to a thousand never gets old, some viewers might not be looking forward to a two hour run time of car chases and gunplay, but George Miller balances the action and story very well without consequence.
By the end of Mad Max I had to process what exactly I just watched. After 10 minutes of picking this movie apart I couldn’t find one aspect of it that I did not like. I am a big fan of post apocalyptic movies and games, so I might be giving this movie a bit more credit then most people might, but any fan of the action movie genre can appreciate this film. It’s a return to form that the movie industry needs.
From start to finish this film goes hard. The wasteland has some beautiful destruction behind it and its inhabitants where interesting and exciting characters to encounter. Tom Hardy has stated in multiple press interviews over the past couple weeks up to the release of Fury Road that he would be up to doing more Mad Max movies in the future. I can only hope that George Miller has much more adventures to show us.
Returning to the Wasteland never felt so good. Mad Max fury Road takes you on a wild and unstoppable over the top ride, and this just might be one of the best action movies ever made in the last ten years. Go See Mad Max as soon as possible, its worth the price of admission.