February 28, 2016
Mad Max: Fury Road.
Review #781: Mad Max: Fury Road.
Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky), Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa), Nicholas Hoult (Nux), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe), Josh Helman (Slit), Nathan Jones (Rictus Erectus), Zoë Kravitz (Toast the Knowing), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (The Splendid Angharad), Riley Keough (Capable), Abbey Lee (The Dag), Courtney Eaton (Cheedo the Fragile), John Howard (The People Eater), Richard Carter (The Bullet Farmer), and iOTA (The Doof Warrior) Directed by George Miller (#380 - Mad Max, #392 - Happy Feet, #493 - The Witches of Eastwick, and #707 - Mad Max 2)
When it comes to action films, Mad Max: Fury Road will certainly come up as a discussion subject with regards to action movies that truly never let up, from beginning to end. Miller wanted to make a movie that was a continuous chase of cars and action...and he certainly succeeds. But the movie is more than that, it's a wonderland of spectacle and unique action. One of the characters has a guitar that doubles as a flamethrower, but the movie already has enough in terms of interesting characters, with the most interesting not entirely being Max, but Furiosa. Perhaps it has to do with her being a strong character who flat out takes command of the situation (and perhaps the movie) and never lets up in just being a compelling action hero (With a metal arm to boot), with her motive of redemption being especially interesting. Hardy is our new Mad Max, doing a good job at capturing the essence of a man haunted by his past (even awakening from a dream shaking), and thankfully there's never a moment where you're stuck wondering how it would've been with Gibson, which helps the movie gain more and more footing. The rest of the cast also does a good job, especially Keays-Byrne, who makes for an interesting villain. The wives (Kravitz, Huntington-Whiteley, Keough, Lee, Eaton) also do a fine job, interacting well with each other as well as rest of the cast. The movie (much like the other Mad Max films) looks great with regards to the environment and effects. The music by Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) is also well-done, matching the movie in great unison. It's a movie about survival and redemption, with home being the biggest motivation of them all. Whether it's a sequel or a reboot is irrelevant, the movie is a wonderfully octane experience that has more layers than meets the eye.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.