Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicolas Hoult
Summary: 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.
A list of the most influential post apocalyptic franchises of all time has to include George Millers Mad Max series. Those who have not seen the films themselves have certainly seen their influence, even if they were unaware, on other media they have consumed. From Borderlands to Fallout, gaming hasn’t been without Miller’s unique influence either. Now, thirty years after the last Mad Max film concluded, we get the fourth film of the franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, and it may just be the best one yet.
Story: Mad Max Fury Road follows Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy) as he is captured by the war boys. The War boys are a cult like group of men who follow the warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) who controls the water so he controls the wasteland. Max is forced to go with Immortan Joe’s war party as they chase after Imperator Furiosa (Chalize Theron) who is on the run after stealing something of Joe’s.
Review: Action films these days are mostly boring CGI messes that rely on cheap jokes, flat characters and bland stories to pad out their overblown run times. But not Mad Max. George Miller has returned to his baby and is trying his hardest to fix this issue. Mad Max is one of the best action films in recent memory due to its complete disregard of genre tropes. The film is not without its CG enhancements but it also features some of the finest stunt work and practical effects that I have seen in years.
Tom Hardy is a perfect choice to bring back the beloved anti-hero of Max. The actor perfectly captures the mannerisms of Mel Gibson’s original incarnation. While Hardy does his best with what he is given, it is with Max where the films only niggling problem arises, he is a secondary character within his own film. The real draw here is Furiosa but this is not at all a large concern. Imperator Furiosa is an engrossing character and that Charlize Theron plays incredibly well. Theron brings heart and depth to a film which otherwise may have been too bombastic and dour. Max and Furiosa work well together and her inclusion is only a good thing.
Mad Max: Fury Road also has a look that is completely unlike any other film today. From the pale appearance of the War Boys to the shining and vivid coloration of the world itself, Fury Road is visually striking and gorgeously shot, making this one of the rare films that is actually worth seeing in 3D if you can. When a film features a demonic looking guitarist with a flame spewing instrument riding atop a beastly vehicle made out of drum amps and a band that play the soundtrack when they are nearest to the camera, you know it is a damn fine film.
— Conclusion —
The final line above should tell you whether or not you should see this film but if it somehow doesn’t, then here is some more. Mad Max: Fury Road features some of the best action scenes since the 80’s and features the best car chase set pieces since The Road Warrior itself, possibly even surpassing it. The film is pure eye candy with incredible imagery, artistic style and memorable villains that thrill whenever they are on screen. George Miller has returned to the action genre in a huge way and we are all the better for it. Mad Max was a hell of a ride and it is thus far easily the best movie of the year. – Jeff
- + Incredible art direction
- + Unbelievable action
- + Surprising 3D
- + Furiosa
- – Max gets lost in the shuffle