Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road – review

The Mad Max franchise is one of high-octane action and Fury Road is no exception. After a brief narration the movie takes ahold of your adrenal gland and bites down hard. The action is nearly non-stop, the acting is solid, and the effects are very bombastic and fun.

“Mad” Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, roams the wasteland of post-nuclear war Australia. He is captured by a strange gang called the War Boys and used as a blood bag for Nux, a War Boy played by Nicholas Hoult. After a daring escape he finds that the War Boys leader had wives that escaped with Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. Max decides to help out the wives in escaping their tyrannical matrimony.

The acting is fantastic. Charlize Theron is a believable action star.  Nicholas Hoult brings a great performance as a zealous character that is strengthened by war like an ancient Viking. The effects are insane and are as bombastic as a Baz Luhrmann movie. There are flame throwers everywhere, people on stilts, and people that use bungee cords.

The story itself is much like a western. Max could be considered the Clint Eastwood “Man with no name.” The only big flaw is that not much is explained. Why is Furiosa missing an arm? Who is the girl Max always sees in hallucinations? Still, the movie doesn’t seem weakened by not giving definitive answers. It is beautifully filmed and doesn’t let up on the action scenes. If you are a fan of the franchise or action films in general it is a must see. It is stylistic and fun. You don’t need to be familiar with the original material.

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