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Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

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Cary, NC — Mad Max: Fury Road is the movie of the summer. Directed by series creator George Miller, Fury Road is filled with incredible action, eye-popping visuals and two great lead performances from Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who has, quite possibly, never been better.

Not Just for Mad Max Fans

Fury Road is the fourth film in the Mad Max saga, but the film is able to stand on its own. The series has never been one to worry about continuity, so, if you’ve never seen a Mad Max film, no worries, Fury Road is a great introduction.

There are a few nods and winks to the original films but nothing that will make newbies to the series feel left out. Fury Road is simply another film featuring an iconic character, not a continuation that requires knowledge of the films that came before it.

Plot Summary

If you are new the series, though, the plot of Fury Road (and most of these films) is quite simple. Max, played by Hardy, is a loner in an apocalyptic Australia whose one goal is to survive. After being caught by the “War Boys” of leader Immortan Joe, Max is forced into a chase being led by Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, who has stolen some precious “cargo” from Joe.

The rest of the film is quite literally one long chase scene with very little exposition. Director Miller, instead, chose to develop his characters with action as opposed to dialogue. The result is a breathtaking ride through the Australian landscape.

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Incredible Action

The action in this film is beyond description. Miller has stated that about 80% of the stunts you see in the film are real and that CGI was only used to slightly enhance the experience or to take over when something was truly too dangerous to be done in real life.

There’s just something different about seeing real stunts done by real people; the action feels that much more exciting, and the stakes feel that much higher.

Having directed all three previous films in the series, Miller is now a master of action filmmaking, and he takes it to another level with Fury Road. The pace of the film is exhilarating but is still wise enough to know when to slow down, if only for a few moments, and to let the audience and its characters catch their breath.

Bright, Colorful Apocalypse

All too often, films that take place in a post-apocalyptic world look desolate, the colors bleak and grey. But Miller makes his world bright and colorful.

The designs of cars and characters are equally bizarre, hilariously over-the-top and always memorable, adding to the uniqueness of the franchise.

Theron Steals The Movie

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) takes over the role of Max Rockatansky, originated by Mel Gibson almost 40 years ago. Hardy is a great fit for Max. The character rarely has dialogue, instead being defined by his actions, and Hardy has just the right physicality and expressions for the part. In fact, much of the film’s levity and humor come from his reactions.

The film might be called Mad Max, but the movie belongs to Theron’s Furiosa. Filled with rage and emotion and great physicality, Theron brings everything she has to the part.

Her character easily has the best arc in the movie. Furiosa has a cause, a purpose in the movie that she is willing to die for, whereas Max is simply dropped in the middle of things and is just in survival mode. Furiosa is the ignition of the film’s entire journey, and Theron crushes it.

See It Now

Mad Max: Fury Road is an action masterpiece. Director George Miller has crafted an exciting and nail-biting experience that’s unlike any film you’ll see this summer.

Filled with weird characters and some of the all time best action scenes, this movie is required viewing. See it now, and see it big.


Jordan Hunt covers movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews. Photo from Facebook.