Oh what a film. What a lovely film!
Mad Max: Fury Road is the best action film to ever grace the silver screen. Yes, it is that good.
Thirty years after the last Mad Max movie, Director George Miller (who directed the last Mad Max trilogy) didn’t miss a beat. If you didn’t see any of the previous Mad Max movies, the film takes place in a lawless post-apocalyptic dystopia where oil is scarce, and bands of scavengers drive around in souped-up stock cars.
In Fury Road, things are crazier and absurd. The villain is Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), godlike ruler of a gnarled and ragged tribe. In his fortress, built into a cliff, he harvests organs from men in metal cages and drinks milk supplied by lactating women. He also has his “wives” (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoë Kravitz among them) to bear his children. But one of his toughest lieutenants, Imperator Furiosa (a steely Charlize Theron), rebels against him by driving his “wives” away into the desert in an armored truck. Joe’s troops jump into their hot rods and set off in pursuit. Naturally, most of them are shirtless and painted white, and one of them is playing a flame-throwing guitar while he perches on the back of a truck. As this X-rated cross between The Wacky Races and a Marilyn Manson concert picks up speed, the only person who can keep the baddies at bay is the film’s reluctant hero, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).
Hardy replaces original Mad Max star Mel Gibson and does a great job in playing the role. Although the film doesn’t give a back story on Max’s life, I felt it wasn’t needed. Miller is not known for developing character personalities. Essentially, all that happens in Fury Road is that Max and company drive in one direction, and then they turn around and drive in the other. Felt a bit disappointing but the action scenes made up for it.
George Miller’s newest installment of Mad Max is off to a superb start. You can tell that he had the idea of Fury Road in his mind for thirty years. It was well worth the wait and I cannot wait for the next installment of this film.
What a day! What a lovely day!
Mad Max: Fury Road comes out Friday, May 15th.
Movie Review: 10 out of 10