'Mad Max: Fury Road' - Movie Review
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Pic/Santa Banta
It blows the mind to imagine that it's been 35 years since the original 'Mad Max' movie released in theaters. If you see the movie today, it's quite shocking to know that it still holds up pretty well. The sequel, called 'The Road Warrior' was the film that inspired films like 'The Terminator', and even today it's still one of the best action films ever made. Most of James Cameron's work pales in comparison to the effects and the chase sequences of 'The Road Warrior'.
How does director George Miller follow up such a film? The answer - by making one of the, if not THE greatest action movie in the history of cinema. This is by no means an exaggeration – 'Mad Max Fury Road' is so freaking good it makes you wonder if there really is any other film that matches it on any level, be it action or pure visceral thrill. 'The Matrix' comes to mind at most discussions surrounding this topic, but with 'Fury Road' that movie has some serious competition.
The story seems pretty much a remake of 'The Road Warrior'. This time Max is played by Tom Hardy, who initially gets kidnapped by post apocalyptic goons and gets embroiled in a civil war within the goon's faction. Charlize Theron's role, best kept secret in a review is revisionist to say the least. The best characters in the film are the truly imaginative cars and trucks that cause mayhem in the Namibian desert.
To the modern audience, George Miller, coming from making two 'Happy Feet' and two 'Babe' movies looks like an unlikely candidate to helm an adult action thriller. Every second of every scene in this movie is utilized to demonstrate exactly that. There is imagery in the movie you won’t begin to comprehend the complexity of. Everything is messed up as hell, and the themes cover parable on religion, to terrorism, to the fine line between life and death. And all these themes are rendered in brutal, jaw dropping, balls to the wall action that will blow your face away. You raise your action scene expectations to the highest level, and you'll still come out of the theater satisfied.
The usage of practical sets, rather than CGI certainly helps, because you feel you're watching something real, as opposed to a video game cutscene. And surprisingly, the tiny amount of drama in the film is also beautifully established.
It's been a while since a movie maintained a huge grin on my face from start to end, and I suspect you'll experience something similar. This is the movie that ushers in the next generation of movies, the movie that creates a whole new legion of geeks, the movie that will be embalmed in pop culture for decades. This is truly something special, and hopefully just the first in a franchise.
Watch the trailer of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'