Star – Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron
Genre – Action
Run Time – 120 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – AUS/USA
Awards – 23 Wins & 28 Nominations
Golden Globes – 2 nominations
Amazon – £10.00DVD £14.99Blue Ray
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SO Mad Max is back after a 30-year hiatus and bigger and better than ever before. George Miller, the original director of the first three films, came out of retirement just to make sure they got it right and with super macho Tom Hardy on board as the new Max they did indeed get it right. The reboot was supposed to happen in 2003 and intended to star Mel Gibson in the title role but because of 911 it ran into problems with shooting locations and as Gibson's was going through his angry religious/drinking thing his attention moved to The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Max was back on the shelf.
In the original films over 80% of the stunts and mechanical creations seen on screen were real practical effects, stunts, smashes, make-up and sets, its biggest appeal. The post nuclear apocalyptic world of scavengers and desperados made for some exhilarating sequences and gadgets, especially the cool converted cars and trucks. A young Gibson actually worked as a rigger on set to make sure the film got made and, more importantly, the crew liked him. Miller wanted more of that this time as he of all people knew that it was that stuff that gave Mad Max’s its real appeal and mostly ignored modern CGI special effects to enhance the movie. With $150 million dollars for his guys and girls to build those demonic cars and trucks that actually drive on the road you knew this would rock. And with Mad Max: Wasteland announced and two more films to come the franchise is about to make some serious money.
Tom Hardy ... Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron ... Imperator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult ... Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Immortan Joe
Josh Helman ... Slit
Nathan Jones ... Rictus Erectus
Zoë Kravitz ... Toast the Knowing
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ... The Splendid Angharad
Riley Keough ... Capable
Abbey Lee ... The Dag
Courtney Eaton ... Cheedo the Fragile
John Howard ... The People Eater
Richard Carter ... The Bullet Farmer
Iota ... The Doof Warrior
Angus Sampson ... The Organic Mechanic
We begin as Max (Hardy) is captured by the War Boys, the army of the tyrannical ‘Immortan Joe’ (Hugh Keays-Byrne), and taken to the citadel. The colony enforcers are pasty anemic types, who designate Max as a blood bag, connected up to sick War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who needs the plasma. Where Nux goes Max goes and he is soon strapped on the front of a car as the War Boys head out in pursuit of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), one of Joe’s lieutenants, who has gone rouge with an armored tanker full or gas and water and making a run for it.
Hidden on board that truck are the Five Wives, beautiful red blooded women selected for breeding, The Splendid Angharad (super model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) in child by Immortan Joe. The grand leader wants her back to claim his son and joins forces with Gas Town and the Bullet Farm to run them down on the Fury Road. But Max has broken free from his nitrate battering ram at the start of the chase and joined the girls, mistrusting at first but proves his worth to Furiosa and soon on board the tanker as one of them. The plan is to try and outrun the growing number of pursuers with all manner of contraptions and weapons and make it to the mythical homeland called the ‘Green Place’ and freedom.
From the flame spurting 12ft chrome guitar to the stunning Namibian desert (it was too expensive to film in Australia) and cobalt blue skies this looks incredible. The chase seems are mind blowingly creative and the crashes and explosions incredibly real. These are real stuntmen being throw 30ft in the air and real vehicles disintegrating into a thousand pieces. The car and truck designs are works of art and the production team and special effect guys and girls rightfully earned Golden Globe nominations for their genius with a brilliantly varied color palette, sets and locations.
The film is non stop action from the opening and closing scenes, 80% chase and the subsequent carnage. Charlize Theron effectively plays the Ripley strong woman character from the Alien trilogy whilst Tom Hardy a man of few words this time, all grunts and pecs. There is a suggestion he couldn’t master the Aussie accent and so deliberately muted. For me he didn’t really claim the essence of Max in the first new installment and a bit of the Bane character from Batman about him.
That $150 million budget has produced a $375 million gross so far. It should have done more than that in truth. It’s great stuff. If you want a non stop action movie with no distractions or meaningless love stories or messing around to plug products then this is it. Once the high octane engines are ignited we are off and we don’t stop. The dystopian post nuclear war world created is also authentic as it world be all about getting the most out of remaining resources and everything used again. I’m not quite sure how the vampire angle came into the story but its there and it works. There is always room for invention in films based on graphic novels, as Mad Max is.
Imdb.com – 8.2/10.0 (391,456votes)
Rottentomatos.com –97% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 89% critic’s approval
After seeing the 8.2 Imdb.com rating I just had to see this in Blue Ray. The stunning Namibian locations demanded it, striking blue skies staring down at swirling dust storms and burnt umber terrains bring back memories of the real Outback in the original films. There's an amazing sense of scale and depth to the cinematography by John Seale, who also came out of retirement for this one. Both he and Miller must have licked their lips at the chance to do a movie in HD. Blue Ray earns that 8.2 Imdb rating.
-Deleted Scenes -
Quite a few and worth a look
-Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road -
As I say the driving stuff and stunts are incredible and here is some behind the scenes stuff on that.
-The Road Warriors –
More about the design of the cars and the look of the film
-MM: Fury on Four Wheels-
-The Tools of the Wasteland -
- The Five Wives -
5 hot chicks hidden in the fuel truck including two supermodels. Miller’s reasons for them to be in the film are tenuous.
-Fury Road: Cash and Smash-
More crash action from the amazing cars and trucks.
The Mail –‘A real visual and narrative hallucination, that does not stop at any time and steals your breath every minute’.
Newsweek –‘Mad Max: Fury Road makes you feel the heat of its apocalyptic atmosphere, the rust of the wreckage scraping beneath your fingers and the impossible hope that its characters will rise from the ashes’.
The Sun –‘Simply bloody amazing, Fury Road is an adrenaline-fuelled, fist-pumping, action masterpiece. You'd be mad to miss it’
The San Francisco Times –‘A spectacular chase movie, entertaining and outstanding that makes you want to send the Fast & Furious drivers back to the driving school’.
Uncut Magazine –‘It is far more fun than any other action movie in recent memory; and no doubt a sweet vindication for Miller's admirable perseverance’.