Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road
Releases May 15th, 2015
2 hrs 0 mins
Rated R


Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris

Tom Hardy as "Mad" Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult as Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne as King Immortan Joe
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad
Riley Keough as Capable
Zoë Kravitz as Toast the Knowing
Abbey Lee as The Dag
Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile
Megan Gale as Valkyrie
Josh Helman as Slit
Nathan Jones as Prince Rictus Erectus
John Howard as The People Eater
Richard Carter as the Bullet Farmer
iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior
Angus Sampson as the Organic Mechanic
Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy
Melissa Jaffer
Gillian Jones
Joy Smithers

Review by Stephen M.

If you are looking for an insane adrenaline pumping action film, Mad Max: Fury Road provides that in bunches with a visually stunning depiction of an apocalyptic world where oil and water is a scarcity.  Most of that action unfortunately comes from an insanely long car chase that takes up about 80% of the film.  Which if you think about it, with oil and water as a scarcity, that does not really add up as the chase spans at least two full days and a night.

Besides the action scenes which you will love, and there is plenty of it, there are the colorful characters and wonderful cast that brings these characters to life.  This, despite the lack of dialogue from the main character aside from Max's long narrative in the beginning.  He is a man of little words, just trying to survive as is everyone else in the movie.  Charlize Theron's character Imperator Furiosa is a bit chattier as the lead female protagonist.  The intensity she brings to the screen is immense, taking it up a notch with some simple black oil smeared on her forehead.

As I have said before, the movie's car chase soon is very long.  So much that during each fade out you would hope for some type of conclusion.  The action as well while good is a bit on the repetitive side.  In addition there really is not much of any twists to the story, it being fairly straight forward to the point of making it dull in that sense.  The only thing keeping you going is the hope for something new and in grander fashion as far as action and costume design and make up.

Overall, I would still highly recommend the film if only because of the action scenes in the beginning and middle.  The choreography for the motorbike attacks as well all the others takes such precision and planning that you will be in awe of what they have done.  The comic book like characters of Max's world makes for a wonderful playground to play in and should sprout further sequels.  However the film is not for the squeamish, as they are a few scenes that will have you utterly disgusted.


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