Plot: Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Review: To say i was excited for Mad Max: Fury Road would simply be an understatement. The moment i saw the first trailer from Comic-Con, it pulled me right in. From the battered vehicles to Tom Hardy kicking ass, i was ready. I guess you can even maybe say my expectations could have been a little too high. Iv seen the old Mad Max trilogy with Mel Gibson and enjoyed them. I wasn’t a huge fanboy of the series, but iv definitely enjoyed the movies. Mad Max: Fury Road is nothing like those movies. The only things comparable with this movie and the old series is that Max is a loner and the Wasteland setting. Other than that, this entry in the Mad Max franchise is almost like a clean slate for new fans.
The movie starts off with a high speed chase with Max Rockatansky(Tom Hardy) and the War Boys. The War Boys are kids and teens who appear to be dying due to the radiation of the Wasteland(get it?). They capture Max after making his car flip and keep him captive. Max tries to escape which then leads to a great fast paced foot chase. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s two exciting chases within the first 10 minutes. If that didn’t get me excited, i don’t know what would! We then meet Immortan Joe(played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) who is the warlord of the Wasteland. He is your typical “i rule, bow down to me” type of warlord. Joe is like a God to the War Boys promising them to walk them into his own kind of heaven. A part that made me laugh(and disgusted) was that Immortan Joe had four very large women just pumping milk out of their breast for him to drink. The guy is a savage.
As soon as we meet Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the audience will finally know the story of this movie. Furiosa hijacks a truck carrying five of Immortan Joe’s slaves who he uses to create offsprings. Yes, you read that right – he has one set of women for breast milk and another for having kids. Obviously this pisses off Immortan Joe and he sends his War Boys to go get his prized women back. One of the War Boys, Nux(played by Nicholas Hoult), ties his slave(who happens to be Max) to the front of his car and drives to go “save” Joe’s women. The one thing i did love about this movie was that the fact Max wasn’t intentionally trying to be the good guy. He kind of just got dragged along and then turned out to be the hero that we all knew he would be.
The two things that stick out about Mad Max: Fury Road are the action sequences and the cinematography. The action sequences are loaded every time. It’s like every ten minutes we get a car chase. I believe the death toll should be high in this one. Car flips and explosions seem to be the key ingredients to this film. From what i know, these were mostly all used with practical effects aka not a CGI crap fest. Kudos to director George Miller who also happens to be the guy who wrote and directed the original Mad Max trilogy. It seems like directors are interested in rebooting their own franchises nowadays. Sam Raimi did it with his new Evil Dead a couple of years ago also. I understand why the general public don’t necessarily look forward to reboots, but if it’s done by the guy who created the original – how can you hate on that? The movie itself was shot beautifully. The crazy thing is, there wasn’t even that much color involved. And when colors did hit the screen, it came off as even more vibrant. Every vehicle looked perfect for a post-apocalyptic world with the old damages and hand made modifications to them.
Surprisingly, as much as i love Tom Hardy and him playing Mad Max, the star of the movie(in my opinion) is Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. Don’t get me wrong, Hardy kicks a whole lot of ass in this movie, but if you look at the story itself – Furiosa is the main character. She is the one that starts the journey and has a goal in mind. Max is more like the main supporting character helping her achieve the goal. Theron did a great job in this movie, especially with her character doing most of the talking and commanding. I’m sure this will change in the next movie, but they did a great job in keeping Max mysterious and a man of few words. Hell, they even had a muzzle on Tom Hardy for the first 30 minutes to refrain him from speaking. If you didn’t know his backstory from the past movies, you wouldn’t even know his family was taken from him. We do get clues as we constantly see Max having visions of a little girl(presumably his daughter). I’m sure all of that will be answered in the sequel.
In all honesty, Mad Max: Fury Road is a hell of a time. Yes, Tom Hardy barely speaks. Yes, the audience gets forced into the storyline without seeing it naturally grow. But in reality, who cares? The less we know about Max, the better. It makes him more bad-ass. It didn’t live up to my expectations, but i enjoyed this movie a ton. Mad Max: Fury Road is a beautiful, action packed ride. From start to finish, the scenes will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for this franchise. I give Mad Max: Fury Road a solid 9/10.