On July 10, 1985, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” was released in theaters starring Mel Gibson as the titular character Max Rockatansky. Nearly 30 years later, Mad Max is back in the high-octane, explosive, chaotic, and beautiful movie “Mad Max: Fury Road”.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, “Mad Max: Fury Road” makes the explosions and action of other 2015 blockbusters look like child’s play. In a world where resources are scarce, Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) must lead a group of women across a slew of dangerous terrains and on to freedom.
This group of women are the wives of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) who controls a large amount of clean water, meaning that he wields a lot of control over some very desperate people. The five women played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough and Courtney Eaton are smuggled out the city by Furiosa on a supply run to Gas Town and the Bullet Farm. When Furiosa leads her war rig and convoy off course and into hostile territory, it isn’t long before Immortan realizes what is happening.
Immortan quickly dispatches a huge force to reclaim his wives. After being captured by Immortan’s War Boys, Max makes an appearance during this battle. Max is being used as a “blood bag” for one of their sick soldiers Nux, who is played by Nicholas Hoult. Max is strapped to the front of Nux vehicle as he rides into battle. After some massive explosions, a sandstorm, and some handy work by Max, he escapes. Eventually, he finds himself reluctantly teaming up with Furiosa on her journey.
If there is one thing that George Miller has perfected in this movie, it is how to film action sequences. The epicness in this movie completely blew my mind. Every action sequence was so chaotic but in the best sense of that word. There were exploding spears, massive oil tankers exploding, sand tornadoes, epic car chases, and so much more.
There is a fine line between explosions just for the hell of it, (see every Michael Bay movie, ever) and those that add to the feel and danger of the sequence. Every explosion in “Mad Max: Fury Road” looked like how you would expect a car to explode or how a tanker full of oil would look like if it exploded.
One scene in particular that I loved was when the war rig gets stuck in a bog, and the enemy is gaining on them. They have only a few bullets and Max wastes them all by missing the vehicle that is quickly gaining on them. Max eventually gives Furiosa the rifle after she gives him a look that says “let me show you how it’s done.” Using Max’s shoulder as a rest, Furiosa aims and hits her target from hundreds of feet away. I won’t give away what she hits but it is an unexpected shot, and that is what I love about this movie – it is unexpected.
Initially when I saw the trailer, I thought this movie was going to be cheesy and honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be worth my time – I was so wrong. Besides the epic action and story, the film is incredibly beautiful. The film is draped in these rich tones that convey just as much emotion as the fantastic cast.
I loved the way that the night scenes look because they are given much more depth due to the colors they used. The scene is this gorgeous midnight blue color that makes everything look so amazing and stunning. It is the same for the day scenes with these incredible earth tones, mainly the orange that they use. The scenery isn’t bad either. Max and Furiosa make their way across barren deserts, winding canyons and eerie bogs. It is all very epic!
Huge props to George Miller for sticking with this one. This movie went through countless setbacks that caused the budget to skyrocket. A wise director would have given up but as the film’s poster says, “the future belongs to the mad.” He has created such a complicated world, and I cannot image how someone can possess so much creativity. After seeing “Mad Max: Fury Road”, I cannot wait to see the rest of them and watch them so many times, I burn out the discs!
“Mad Max: Fury Road” out races “Furious 7”, out explodes “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and out entertains any other movie so far this year. So far, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is my favorite movie of 2015.
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was released May 15, 2015 and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, Courtney Eaton, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film is directed by George Miller.