Mad Max: Fury Road – Review

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Mad Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s Huge. It’s loud. It’s in-your-face raw. It’s incredible. Hollywood is infamous for taking a movie franchise that is decades old, or even a few years old and rebooting the film’s universe. Mad Max: Fury Road does not follow that formula. The actors may have changed, but Mad Max lives forever.

Mad Max made Mel Gibson’s career in Australia. Even though it’s now a cult classic, it never gained much traction when it was released in the States. It wasn’t until the sequel The Road Warrior that the world saw what magic George Miller had in store for us. Miller created this imaginative apocalyptic universe that shows us the outlandish, the insane, the ridiculous. What really makes all of these films work as that their not in any way connected. In fact, Miller could write a dozen more films and we’d be completely content with every one.

Although Max (Tom Hardy) is the star of Fury Road, it’s really centered around Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Furiosa is leading a convoy away from The Wretched led by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) carrying precious cargo. With Max being towed by Nux (Nicholas Hoult) now it’s time for the real fun to begin.

That’s literally all I can tell you about the plot because the ride is just so much fun to experience first hand. The action in Mad Max Fury Road is so tightly orchestrated and it’s only further highlighted by Miller’s steady camera work. Seriously, if HALF of the action films from the last 10 years were this well shot I’d be a thousand times happier about movies (Thanks Bourne Trilogy). And it’s not just that, it’s the steady shots – it’s non-stop. Fury Road is 120 minutes long and it’s one long action scene with just enough of a break to process what you just saw before it throws you back face-first into the dirt.

What makes Mad Max films stand out is their ludicrously out-there action. If you’ve seen any previous Mad Max films you know exactly what I’m talking about. The zoom-in camera shots, the bulging eyes of characters meeting their deathly fate. George Miller creates the most violent landscape with live action explosions, real vehicular destruction and seemingly real injuries. And the cherry on top? Immortan Joe’s retaliation party is adorned with Doof, a man so insane he plays heavy metal riffs with a guitar that doubles as a flame thrower as they ride into battle.

Mad Max Fury Road doesn’t rest on its laurels – it crushes them. The sweeping action sequences in a barren wasteland, the rawness making you feel the action and the intensity of the characters and their struggle to survive. Mad Max Fury Road isn’t just the best movie of the summer, nor is it the best movie of the year. It’s the best movie of the last decade. Mad Max Fury Road is by-far the greatest 80’s action movie of the 21st century. Please don’t let this be the movie you wait to see at home, in a freakin Red Box pickup when you go on a run to Walgreens. Go watch Mad Max Fury Road the way it was meant to be seen – loud, large and in your goddamn face at a movie theater.

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