Archive: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A Review

For a Movie about driving for a really long time, in one direction, in a barren wasteland,  it was pretty good.


DIRECTOR:  George Miller

STARRING:  Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

SCREENPLAY:  George Miller, Brendan McCarthy

GENRE:  Adventure, Sci-Fi

RUNTIME:  120 minutes

★★★★ 4 Stars 

When I was originally told that this film was about a bunch of people, driving through a dessert in straight line for 2 hours, I thought it was an exaggeration.  Turns out, not so much.  And for a film with that as its plot line, I was surprised by how much I loved it.

Set in an apocalyptic future earth, where humanity has to fight for the necessities to survive, A group of rebels travel across a barren wasteland on the run from a tyrannical leader.  Their goal?  A green paradise where their struggles will end and they will be able to live like humans again, rather than slaves.  

I had no idea until I was doing research about this film while watching it, that a lot of the stunts and pyrotechnics in this movie where done live, and that there was very little reliance on CGI.  And once I knew that, I had a whole new respect for the actors and stunt performers involved.  With a lot of vehicles moving that quickly and that close, the feats they had to pull off were amazing, and they did it brilliantly.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron play our leads with a lot of gusto. Both characters have big personalities, even if, in Tom Hardy’s case, they have very few words in which to portray it. It would have been easy for these two to out play all other performers on the screen, but this simply isn’t true. Yes they give amazing performances, but, short of Rosie Huntington Whitely, who as a model of course gets the obligatory wet clothing shot, even the minor characters here gave outstanding performances.  A special mention to Nicholas Holt who steps way outside of his normal boundaries in this film, and shows us exactly how diverse his acting can be with his unhinged performance as Nux.

OK, so the plot can drag on a bit, considering there is very little in the way of set design or changes of scenery, meaning we are relyingon those stellar performances in order to drive the story and keep the audience engaged and for the most part I think it achieves that.

I’m late to the party for this one, but enjoyed it all the same.   

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