Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Directed By: George Miller
Written By: Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris, George Miller, Eric Blakeney
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr
Oh what an experience, what a lovely experience! Mad Max: Fury Road. Mad as in, bat-s#@! crazy this time around. A superb visceral journey through a post-apocalyptic world, and a stunning looking picture to boot. It’s everything the trailer promised. By day, beautiful warm desert tones of yellows, oranges and reds. By night, cool blues, whites and silvers. Contrasting nicely against the black oil covered cars, trucks, motorcycles and people.
I didn’t care if anything made sense, because I trusted it made sense to the characters in this story. Each with their own screwed up view of the world after the collapse of civilization. Holding on to fading memories of better times, and what it took to create them. Be that a lust for power and control over the world’s precious resources, or a belief that the halls of Valhalla await those loyal to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne*).
Fury Road shines the most when George Miller’s foot is flooring the gas pedal on the high-octane mayhem. Treating the audience to excellent stunt work, impressive and thankfully limited CGI, and great production design details in and around the vehicles. This is a film that can be re-watched time and time again, as each screening will reveal new details you missed before.
* Hugh Keays-Byrne appeared as Toe Cutter in the first Mad Max movie in 1979.
This is everything the trailer promises, so if all the previews got you pumped to see this, then you won’t be disappointed. This movie is rated R for scenes of extreme violence, and some disturbing imagery.
This movie is absolutely worth a trip to the theater. John Seale’s photography is beautiful, and I’ve heard this is a great 3D experience too. If you wait for the rental, watch this in HD on a huge TV. You’ll miss out on all the great details if you watch this on a portable screen.
I loved this action sequence in the movie, as bikes jump over Furiosa’s (Charlize Theron) big rig dropping Molotov cocktails. This clip isn’t the whole scene, but it’ll give you an idea of how well choreographed and edited the sequence is.