MOVIE REVIEW | Mad Max: Fury Road

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by Dustin Heller

(May 15, 2015) – Mad Max: Fury Road is the new post-apocalyptic action film from George Miller and the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise.  Miller served as the director, producer, and co-writer for the film.  This is the first Mad Max film since 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and the first film in the franchise to not star Mel Gibson.  Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron headline the cast as “Mad” Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa, respectively.  The film received an out-of-competition slot at the Cannes Film Festival and will play just before its wide release here in the states.

Max (Hardy), a loner who suffers from the loss of his family during a post-apocalyptic societal collapse, is captured by the War Boys and taken into slavery.  As part of a routine run for gasoline, Furiosa (Theron) veers off course in an attempt to escape the Wasteland and King Immortan Joe to travel back to her place of birth.  She has taken with her the King’s Five Wives and now the entire military force is on her tail.  Max is brought along on the chase as a blood donor and eventually breaks free.  At this point he joins Furiosa and the wives as they trek across the deadly desert landscape under furious pursuit.  With limited resources and an entire Army after them, will Max and Furious be able to deliver the wives to safety and a new life of freedom?

Mad Max: Fury Road is not a movie for the faint of heart.  It is a balls to the wall, guns blazin’, testosterone fest from the opening frame to the end credits.  If big action scenes and car chases are your thing, this is definitely the movie for you, but this is definitely not a movie for everyone.  I would say this will be one of the more polarizing movies of the summer; either you love it or you hate it.

I tend to lean towards the “love it” side of that argument even though I was pretty much exhausted by the time it ended.  Because of all the insane action, there isn’t much room left for an actual plot.  The story was definitely lacking, but I really didn’t mind it too much.  Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors working today and he turns in another standout performance here.  Then there is Charlize Theron, who plays one of the baddest women to ever grace the big screen.  I loved her performance and hope she gets some sort of recognition for it.

George Miller is either crazy or a genius because Fury Road is quite a spectacle and unlike anything I’ve seen in quite some time.  If you’re into the trailer, then you will more than likely love the movie, but if the trailer turns you off, then I’d recommend skipping it.  If Fury Road looks like a movie for you, it must be seen on the big screen.

Grade:  B+

Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on Friday, May 15

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