Mad Max: Fury Road. “My name is Max. My world is reduced to a single instinct: Survive”

Max Rockatansky has certainly had some mad adventures before, but a two and a half hour drag race through the wastelands of an apocalyptic future while trying to protect a group of women from a cult leader who has pipes going in his face? Well, that’s just the start. We don’t know where exactly this fits into the timeline of the original Mad Max films (if at all), but the action begins within a few seconds of the movie starting. Max is chased by War Boys and captured, being used as a “blood bag” by War Boy Nux. During this time, Furiosa looks to leave the Citadel which is run by Immortan Joe, who controls the water and rules with everyone in fear of him. Furiosa takes away his five wives in the hope of giving them a better life; this is where Max is then able to escape his captor and grudgingly makes an alliance with the women. That is basically all the story, but that isn’t what sells the movie. Though if you are a Fast & Furious fan, be sure to see plenty of custom cars, though not the ones you are used to!

The action hardly ever ceases, the effects are eye-popping and gritty throughout. The use of many practical effects gives a horrifying realism to the movie. Countless explosions, brutal car clashes and beautiful tracking shots are what wait on the Fury Road. Well, unfortunately there isn’t a lot more to this blockbuster apart from all out action at an unrelenting pace. The story is rather minimal, “Mad” Max is shown to still be surviving and still suffering from the memories of his deceased family. He is creating his own path which he doesn’t even know where he is going; Max just wants to do what he can to not become a corpse. You do get some very exciting scenes and memorable moments, the chase in the storm is exhilarating and you can’t help but enjoy Max and Furiosa as they fight each other in their first meeting.

The film will keep you hooked and be convinced by Tom Hardy’s interpretation of the lead character is well executed. He still hardly talks (and when he does, his Australian is rather well done and keeps a gravelly twist to it), can be a tough fighter and has some top moves behind the wheel. Though many will still see Mel Gibson as the definitive Max, Tom Hardy continues to show he is possibly the most versatile actor today! Charlize Theron is also rather enjoyable as Furiosa; she is a determined character and knows how to survive in all conditions, but it would have been great to have seen how she lost her hand and how she first came to be working for Immortan Joe. Also, it is a nice addition to have Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, the films antagonist. A role he filled with a different character in the first Mad Max movie, it was a nice touch for nostalgia. Unfortunately this villain is particularly a one-note character, though he does look menacing and is scary.

Mad Max Fury Road poster

Also other roles being filled by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Still not a very convincing actress, but better here than in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days Of Future Past, About A Boy) add some depth in terms of cast, though not really doing too much for the overall story. Except for Nicholas Hoult, who actually manages to hold his own with Theron and Hardy rather well. Though this will not be a classic, it won’t ever be seen as a bad movie. More story would have made this so much better, but for 150 minutes you will get mind-numbing fun and seriously aggressive movie making which you won’t possibly see again for a long time. Finally, does anyone else think that quote I picked for the title sounds like the beginning line from the TV show Arrow?

Final Rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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