Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road 2015 movie posterMad Max: Fury Road (2015), Rated R
Directed By: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton
Rating four and a half stars
Reviewed by Xavier Emaka

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This movie must have some sort of record for longest time in developmental hell. The planning for  a Mad Max movie started as early as 1995 but it kept being pushed forward, returned, and with a whole lot of procrastination. Around 2001 filming was to start, but with the 9/11 attacks some thought that a Mad Max movie was not the best thing for the country. However, finally in 2015 George Miller’s vision came to life.

The world’s a nuclear holocaust, and everyone is trying to survive with the meager resources that there are. Max is one such person. The film starts with him trying to outrun the war boys unsuccessfully. He is captured and taken by them to be used as a blood donor.  Meanwhile, Furiosa one of the women who serve under Immortan Joe the leader of the war boys is sent to collect fuel for the group. However, as she leaves they discover that she has left with the rest of the women in the camp. Immortan joe uses the women as the source of his children and without them the camp would die.

He at once asks the war boys to give chase and Max is strapped to the front of one vehicle to continue supplying blood as they try and get their prize women back. A sandstorm causes the chase to slow down and Max comes round with the war boys incapacitated. He restrains one of them before reaching up to Furiosa who he commandeers to put him in the co-driver’s seat. Together they make a shaky alliance to try and escape Immortan Joe.

Furiosa has already made deals with some of the warlords in the region so that they allow her passage but it becomes more complicated when there is a crew chasing after them. The women, some of whom are pregnant, have to use every single trick they have to try and escape. Their hope is to reach Furiosa’s tribe, the Vuvulani, who have more than enough resources and live a better life.  A surprise awaits Furiosa and the group when they finally reach their destination and they find what they get is far from what they hoped for.

This film goes beyond all expectations in the visual department. In fact it earned ten Academy Award nomination and won 6. You will not be disappointed. As for action, well, from the moment it starts it is hi-octane all the way to the end. In fact, Mad Max: Fury Road is basically a chase scene.  Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and the rest of the ensemble do a fantastic job as Mad Max, Furiosa and the war boys. There is no dull moment with this film which is the fourth in the franchise.

The ending definitely leaves room for a sequel which we hope won’t take as long to develop as the current one did.

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