Title – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Director – George Miller (The Man From Snowy River)
Cast – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Megan Gale, Zoe Kravitz
Plot – In the wastelands of what’s left of humanity, Max (Hardy) finds himself escorting a war rig full of beautiful girls known as the 5 Wives, who along with the help of fearless female warrior Imperator Furiosa (Theron) have escaped the clutches of evil warlord Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) who will stop at nothing in his quest to return his prized possessions.
“My name is Max. My world is fire. And blood”
Review by Eddie on 15/05/2015 – for Jordan’s take click here
Get ready to replace your eyeballs after this experience, as Max Rockatansky is back in his most explosive, sensory overloading, vehicular led journey yet! Fury Road, a petrolhead’s sand infused dream come to beautiful yet utterly bonkers existence, George Miller’s long gestating action extravaganza, not only laughs in the face of modern blockbusters, but blows them away by creating some of the most outstanding carnage ever captured for our screens.
In a modern day and age where it’s hard for action events to differentiate themselves from each other, blockbusters that are CGI laden and shaky cam heavy, Fury Road does the impossible and turns what is essentially a 2 hour long desert set car chase into something that is unique and refreshingly mad. With a budget in the hundreds of millions and a crew that clearly knew how to deliver the goods, 70 year old director Miller has had his visions come to roaring fruition, from the cars, the inhabitants and the milk productions, this is the apocalyptic wasteland that Miller must of envisioned all the way back with the original Mad Max, but only now does the technology meet the requirements.
It’s without question that what elevates Fury Road to the next level of pure cinematic enjoyment, is the fact that the world we enter into for these 2 adrenaline fuelled hours is a world that feels like a living breathing entity, a handcrafted and often destructively beautiful labour of love. There will be a constant reminder to oneself throughout, that what you are seeing is largely perfectly constructed stunts and props played out in painstakingly elaborate setups. Every clash of metal on metal, every loud burst of exhaustive vehicle power and every swaying stunt man is a sight to behold and thanks to an impressively strong cast of leads and supports, Miller’s orchestrated chaos is not lost by the wayside.
It was never going to be an easy task for the actor stepping into Mel Gibson’s leather boots, but man of the moment Tom Hardy does a solid if slightly unmemorable job in his new gig, in what is a role that sees Max play wingman to Charlize Theron’s feisty and soon to be iconic Imperator Furiosa. It’s a criticism of the film that it does seemingly waste an opportunity to get more out of Hardy and while there are small moments of greatness and thankfully humour (Max heading off at night-time to take care of a car full of bandits springs to mind) his turn is not a highpoint of the film. While criticism can be made of this aspect of Fury Road, it’s also in an opposite effect a huge win for the tale that it doesn’t rely solely on the charisma or bulking presence of Hardy to succeed and finds great moments when Theron takes centre stage and in the support turns from Nicholas Hoult as bad luck War Boy Nux and a fantastic bandit named Doof Warrior who takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix with his axe work, everyone here gets a moment to shine, often with bizarre characters.
An action event of recent times, unparalleled equals and quite possibly one of the most purely visceral and intense action films ever made, this wild and frightfully wild car chase is going to please fans of not only the Mad Max universe but cinema fans the world over. George Miller toiled long and hard to get his ultimate vision to our screens and after all his blood sweat and tears, it’s fantastic to be able to say Fury Road is the great success that it is and hopefully the beginning of an all new saga for our beloved road warrior.
4 and a half dedicated guitar players out of 5