Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Directing9.5
  • Writing8
  • Acting8
Overall8.5

Mad Max: Fury Road is a modern day action masterpiece. Director George Miller has crafted something special -- something that's insanely creative and exploding with bold filmmaking that's off the charts inventive and exhilarating.

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George Miller returns to the Mad Max world after many years of absence with Mad Max: Fury Road — one of the most creatively dense and adrenaline-fueled action films of all-time. Fury Road moves so fast that your brain might have trouble comprehending the visuals that are unfolding on the screen in front of you, as Miller’s direction firmly remains a mile ahead of the pack, rarely stopping for a water break.

Mad Max: Fury Road is inventive and crazy, creating a world so ripe and full of colorful characters and even better action sequences.

Max (Tom Hardy) is a quiet drifter caught up in a post-apocalyptic world that he doesn’t quite understand. He has lots of guilt from his past mistakes, but now all he cares about is surviving and he’ll do anything to guarantee that.

This puts him smack dab in the middle of a rebellion, lead by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) against the even weirder ruler of the land known as Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).

Max decides to pick a side and see where that takes him, resulting in one of the most explosively bad ass action flicks ever made.

I’m serious. Mad Max: Fury Road is insane. It’s awesome. It accomplishes so much for a film that already had massive expectations set for it going in. Director George Miller returns to the Mad Max world with a soft sequel/reboot that has Tom Hardy silently replacing Max; a character made iconic by Mel Gibson.

Hardy does this with little error, creating a Max that feels new and fresh, yet playing in the same world that Gibson managed to mold in three previous films, with the last entry hitting theaters a whopping thirty years ago.

Fury Road loses not a single drop of energy though, instead acting like a film that has been brewing up ever since the last sequel made such a small mark.

Fury Road comes busting out of the gate instantly, with the flashy WB logo giving way to a hyper-cut sequence of Max escaping a band of crazies. Miller films this with an enormous amount of energy and excitement, leaving a lasting impression that keeps the heartbeat pumping on high until the end credits flash across the screen.

The action on display is next level. Miller has boldly constructed a film that’s off the charts in the action department, constantly remaining inventive and creative and never bothering to stop or slow down.

Fury Road‘s car sequences were primarily shot using practical effects and knowing that fact will definitely leave you scratching your head wondering how Miller managed to shoot all of that and make it look so damn beautiful.

The orange-soaked scenery makes way for some truly remarkable imagery to be eaten up and spit out, only to be later covered with tire tracks and bloodstains.

Charlize Theron helps balance out the film’s manliness playing the film’s most important character, while also setting up for the film’s mostly-feminist viewpoints.

This may be a film full of macho men driving larger than life cars, but the film’s core — that meaty and slightly oddly shaped center, is driven by women.

Miller smartly plots the film around a band of women trying to escape a sick dictator that only sees women as objects for reproduction. Theron’s character helps them escape, while Hardy’s lends a hand or two.

This makes way for some of the films many themes, which Miller handles wisely and effortlessly blends in with the film’s many action scenes. Fury Road may be crazy a roller-coaster ride of action and chaos, but it never loses its focus.

And that’s what makes Fury Road such a blast. Miller never once loses focus or momentum. Fury Road would have no problem winning whatever stunt or effects awards race that it gets thrown into, but none of that matters if the film doesn’t have a story worth telling or characters worth following.

Miller knows that. His attention to detail, structuring, pacing and camera placement are of the highest quality. Fury Road is so fun and so insanely creative. It moves at the speed of light, almost to the point that your brain may have to play catchup trying to process everything that’s going on.

Fury Road never settles for simple action sequences or boring plot turns and instead tends to play everything as far out on the edge as possible, providing you endless amounts of crazed enjoyment and spectacular visuals.

Mad Max: Fury Road is without a doubt one of the best action films of this year and perhaps even the last half decade. Miller’s camerawork alone proves that to be true, while the story’s outlandish characters and hyper sense of action make it a memorable one worth revisiting and sharing with those around you.

I’m almost afraid to say that Fury Road may be too much for general audiences, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s a film that has no rules and wastes not a second on something that doesn’t need to be seen.

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