MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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The eagerly awaited revitalisation of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road entirely takes place within the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland where humanity is in disrepair, and almost everyone is fighting for either survival or supremacy. Leading this established order high up in his citadel is the tyrannical Immortan Joe (looking remarkably like Bane’s demented granddad), who has total control over his inhabitants by controlling the water supply and claims the healthiest of women in order of gaining potential heirs from them. However, existing within this ruined world are two rebels, Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa, who are both on the run from Immortan Joe and his army of “War Boys”, and travelling with them are a group of women who Furiosa had stolen from Joe known as “The Wives”. Together, they aim to reach a promised land from Furiosa’s childhood, whilst evading the full might and wrath of Joe’s petrol and fuel-powered force.

Thirty years since Mad Max hit cinemas, George Miller went through a long and complicated journey of getting the movie made, distributed and released, and since its release many have universally applauded and it’s unsurprising to see why as Fury Road is in a whole different ball-park from your typical action/adventure movie. The film’s essentially a two-hour car-chase movie that’s set entirely within this vast, empty yet dangerous wasteland, but it never manages to be dull nor tiresome. In the midst of these explosive chase sequences, you have a strong narrative tying them together, as well as really strong character development, that are all executed in a very unique way. Each character has a motive or a story behind them, and it’s cleverly layered throughout the film rather than explaining it all immediately.

It has been heavily publicised, not least by George Miller himself, about how practical and physical the stunts and effects were with little-to-no CGI involved, and when watching the film you are completely awestruck by how superbly executed the action scenes are. It is like watching a symphonic ballet of petal-to-the-metal carnage and that makes it all the more astonishing since nobody got killed during the making of this movie. John Seale’s cinematography is gorgeous to look at - it’ll make Zack Snyder weep buckets - and the attention to detail is astounding (from the grotesque makeup to the insanely imaginative vehicle designs) and the pulse-pounding soundtrack by Junkie XL puts you on the edge of your seat. All the performances are incredibly solid and work well with the flow and tone of the film, with Tom Hardy giving off an intense performance through his physicality rather than dialogue, and the iconic Charlize Theron commanding the entire screen with her fascinating concoction of grit, determination and tenderness.

To put it simply, Mad Max: Fury Road is the biggest Mad Max film to date, not just with its sense of size and scale, but also with its great roster of characters, all of which are aided by strong performances. In fact, being heavily inflected by graphic novels, this is arguably the best superhero movie of the year despite not actually being your conventional out-and-out superhero movie. The fact that George Miller is still able to create something of this calibre after thirty years is something to be celebrated, and that makes Fury Road an outstanding film on almost every level.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: GEORGE MILLER / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: TOM HARDY, CHARLIZE THERON, NICHOLAS HOULT, HUGH KEAYS-BYRNE, ZOE KRAVITZ / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 5TH

 


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