Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
R / 120 min
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Director: George Miller
There is always those scenes in a movie that involve intense car chases and long-winded action sequences that lead to people walking out of the theater saying, “yeah, that was kind of amazing.” I mean, all you have to do is look at the Fast and Furious franchise and you will know exactly what I mean. These action sequences are a staple of summer blockbusters and they provide what movie goers long to see. With that being said, I am going to recommend a movie to you. It’s called Mad Max: Fury Road and the entire movie is one big action sequence.
What’s cool about this movie, which has been in production for a while now, is that it is being directed by George Miller, the guy behind the previous Mad Max movies. It has been a while since these movies have filled theaters, which makes it crazy that Miller decided to bring back what can almost be considered a revival to the franchise. I have not seen any of the previous Mad Max movies, but I have only heard good things. After all the talk about the breed of movie that Fury Road is, I decided to give the movie its due process.
The title role of Max Rockatansky is played by Tom Hardy, who most people probably know from some of Christopher Nolan’s past movies. He is a man of little words with his actions taking the place of most of his words. Fury Road begins with Max, broken and reflecting on his past. He ends up getting caught up with a bunch of bandits that end up taking him to The Citadel, a place ripe with greenery and water; two hot commodities in a desert wasteland that is hot and unforgivable.
The Citadel is run by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who has the look of a clown mixed with the body of a seventy year old. He is a weird and scary looking fellow that has a lot of weird ways. The movie is quick to establish this weird villain as a quirky and slightly insane character. His prized possessions? Perhaps his five wives who act as breeders played by Zoe Kravitz, Rosie-Huntington Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abby Lee, and Courtney Eaton.
However, the character that basically steals the spotlight for the movie’s entire runtime is Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron who dons a shaved head and a mechanical arm. She’s a rough, but skilled, driver who is in charge of one of Immortan Joe’s supply runs. Furiosa has her own plans however and uses the run as a smuggling mission to get the five wives out of The Citadel and into freedom on a quest for hope. Thus begins the almost two hour-sand covered action scene.
Furiosa was one of my favorite characters because she turns out to be one of the movie’s biggest bad-asses. Max ends up escaping from his captor Nux (Nicholas Hoult, who also happens to be another intriguing character), and joining forces with Furiosa, but he does not have the same flair that Furiosa brings to the table.
Fury Road is the definition of a high octane summer blockbuster, siding with thrills and explosive excitement rather than a story and fleshed out characters. This would be a pretty big problems with most movies, but Fury Road knows what it is doing and it never tries to accomplish more than it can handle. You know the countless explosions and flipped cars that you see during the movie? (Not to mention a pretty sweet looking flaming guitar) Yeah, those scenes were done primarily with practical effects. What makes this movie even more appreciable is its use of practical effects over the visual effects that dominate the medium. I often found myself marveling at the sights and sounds, and wondering how they were able to accomplish this kind of madness in practical nature.
A movie like Fury Road is a big risk in this day and age, but George Miller pulled his vision off with his fiery spectacle of a movie. It’s a movie that might not be for everyone given its heavy emphasis on action over story, but that is okay. It seems like Fury Road knows its audience and gives them one hell of a concentrated dose of what its audience wants, which is flaming car upon flaming car flying through the air in a lovely orchestrated manner. Both Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy give two great performances, while the five wives, played pretty much entirely by super models, surprisingly serve as another key addition to the movie, despite some minor flaws in character. Fury Road is one long (literally) ride through a sand-stricken wasteland, and I liked every minute of it. Its dumb insane fun at its finest.