Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 120 Minutes
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; the film that has been enticing every “MAD MAX” fan for the last year or so finally hits the screen this Thursday. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, to name a few, this masterpiece from the mastermind George Miller literally blows you away.
Filled with petrol guzzling beasts, insatiable savages and chase scenes full of adrenaline, this film engrosses the viewer right from the off.
At the beginning we focus on Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), the infamous Road Warrior, haunted by his painful past, battling the voices in his head of the loved ones he has lost, talking to himself and, consequently, the viewer. He leaves us with this captivating line:
“As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who was more crazy… me or everyone else.” – Max
Then… the chase begins!
45 years on from the fall of the world, the power grids, the water, the land and the law is held by one corrupt tyrant named Immortan Joe (the original’s Toecutter Hugh Keays-Byrne). Max becomes a minor cog in this man’s hunt of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), driver of the Citadel’s War Rig, escaping from Joe’s clutches with the innocent women he abuses and impregnates. Max joins forces with Furiosa and the girls, desperate to escape Joe and his army of brainwashed men, and find a promised land where civilisation still exists.
Following on from a low-budget trilogy of 1970s films, the levels of action, destruction and all out carnage in this film prove that George Miller is far from financial constraints today! Imperator Furiosa, herself, admits that he has “truly reimagined a world he loves with this film”. The visual overload of mind-blowing cars (which you can read about in my feature for Screen Relish on the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road here), brutal fight scenes and catastrophic explosions immerse you in this apocalyptic world. It literally felt like I could not blink for two hours.
Tom Hardy, who has been such a large focus of the promotion around this film, lives up to the hype. He once again shows how he is one of the greatest method actors out there, allowing you to walk away, believing he is actually Max. However, surprisingly the sheer scale of this film almost dwarfs his Hollywood status, at times, and you realise how much larger than him this feature really is.
Charlize Theron gives a stellar performance as Furiosa, personally standing out in this blockbuster, as the leader of the rebels. Credit also has to be given to Nicholas Hoult who plays the complex and integral character Nux and also Hugh Keays-Byrne who truly frightens as Immortan Joe.
As an uneducated Mad Max viewer, I can safely say that I will be re-visiting the tales of Mel Gibson’s original trilogy in the coming weeks. The plot was clever and direct, allowing the viewer to sit back and enjoy the over-powering action scenes, without having to follow a complex storyline. As a spectacle, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD does not disappoint and if you have the opportunity to witness it in IMAX 3D, it is one I would definitely take.
“What a Lovely Day!”
Recommendation: Be prepared to have your mind blown! This experience was intense enough in 2D, so if you are going to experience it in IMAX 3D, please make sure you have a bottle of water (and maybe even a defibrillator) at your side!
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD rides into UK cinemas this Thursday 14th May and on Friday 15th May in USA.
Originally written for Screen Relish and adapted for personal use only. Thanks to them for the opportunity to write this piece.