Review: Mad Max – Fury Road

Title: Mad Max: Fury Road
MPAA Rating: R
Director: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Runtime: 2 hours

What It Is: Following the event of the first George Miller classic Mad Max our hero Max Rockatansky (Hardy) has been captured by some fellas known as “war boys” upon being captured he is now simply a “blood bag” to feed to the war boys, in particular the one known as Nux (Hoult). They all work and live under the rule of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). When one of his trusted warriors Imperator Furiosa decide to turncoat on the evil dictator and steal his most prized positions (his wives) Joe will stop at nothing to take him out.

What We Think: It is The sound and The Fury. It is everything a summer blockbuster should be without falling into the cache of cliche that often plague films of this ilk. Miller drew a master stroke bringing in both Theron and Hardy, two great actors. However, it was Nicholas Hoult’s Nux that proved to be the one you ultimately care the most about. He held his own on the shoulders of giants. In this Miller truly shows the recipe for a great action movie is plenty of weirdness with a dash of heart. It’s light on the narrative entanglements, bu that makes it an altogether cleaner film. It’s 120 mins that seem to fly by. It is also completely bat shit crazy. In all the best ways it’s beautiful insanity. Whatever level of crazy you think this film can reach it goes beyond it with a gusto rarely seen.

Our Grade: A+, Holy crap! Never have I seen a movie that portrayed the pure thrill and adrenaline you’d experience of being in an actual demolition derby. In addition there’s a glaring sense of weirdness to the characters much in the way there was in both The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Right down to the look of each separate “gang” in this world. The film looks like a world we’ve never seen, but one also strangely familiar. It’s full of color, yet it lacks a green to it, thanks to its dystopian desert features.

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