Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road by Blade Brown
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
The road to the release of the fourth installment of director George Miller’s Mad Max franchise has been a laborious. The movie has been in development hell for years, as the project was first announced way back in 1999. With a story and budget in place, and star Mel Gibson set to return at the time, the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 put the film on hold. A few years later when the film was primed for production, Mel Gibson had his infamous meltdown, and no studio wanted to go near him. Never one to give up, Miller continued his pursuit to make the movie, eventually recasting the role of Max Rocatansky to English actor Tom Hardy(The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior). Production began way back in July of 2012 and wrapped in December of the same year. But the film was delayed after a script leak and re-shoots. So after years in limbo, and almost 30 since the previous installment, is the Mad Max worth wait?
The film follows Max, who is still haunted by the loss of his wife and child, as he gets caught in between the tyrant Immortan Joe and Furiosa. After being captured by Joe’s men, Max is drug along for the ride as they chase Furiosa, who has taken Joe’s five wives, aka “Breeders” with her as she travels to a safe haven she remembers from her childhood. Joe will stop at nothing to get his wives back, as two of them are pregnant with his children. Along the way, Max and Furiosa come to an understanding and work together to escape Joe. What ensues is essentially a two hour chase scene with some of the craziest practical effects seen in years.
In a world such as this, it takes actors with a wide range to pull off these wild characters. Nicholas Hoult(Jack The Giant Slayer) gives an exuberant performance as Nux, one of Joe’s followers who’s hunting Furiosa. Speaking of Furiosa, Charlize Theron is bad-ass, as the growing trend of strong women in action movies continues to grow. Hardy is also spot on as Mad Max. He doesn’t speak a lot(neither did Gibson’s version) but he can take and dish out pain. Hardy does struggle at times with his Australian accent. But since he doesn’t speak much anyway, its no big deal. My only minor issue with the film is the fact that it feels more like Furiosa’s story instead of Max. He almost feels like a supporting character at times. But even still, that doesn’t stop this movie from being a mad thrill ride. Pun intended.
The Bottom Line:
While it will not be everyone, Mad Max: Fury Road will probably be the craziest film to come out this summer. Firing on all cylinders from almost start to finish, George Miller has successfully revisited his crowning achievement. He makes a movie that’s just as good, if not better than its predecessors. If you love action movies, you’ll enjoy this movie.
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