Monday, 30 November 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Mad Max: Fury Road

Release Date: 14th May 2015 - Australia

Production Companies
Kennedy Miller Mitchell
Village Roadshow Pictures 
RatPac-Dune Entertainment 

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 120 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $378,436,354 

Plot Summary 
Haunted by his turbulent 
past, Mad Max believes 
the best way to survive 
is to wander alone. 
Nevertheless, he becomes 
swept up with a group 
fleeing across the 
Wasteland in a War Rig 
driven by an elite Imperator, 
Furiosa. They are escaping 
a Citadel tyrannized by 
the Immortan Joe, from 
whom something 
irreplaceable has been 
taken. Enraged, the 
Warlord marshals all his 
gangs and pursues the 
rebels ruthlessly in the 
high-octane Road War 
that follows.

Tom Hardy - Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron - Imperiator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult - Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne - Immortan Joe
Josh Hilman - 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 
John Howard - The People Eater
Richard Carter - The Bullet Farmer
Iota - The Doof Warrior
Angus Sampson - The Organic Merchanic
Jennifer Hagan - Miss Giddy
Megan Gale - The Valkyrie
Melissa Jaffer - Keeper of the Seeds
Quentin Kenihan - Corpus Colossus

Writer/Producer/Director - 
George Miller
Writers - Brendan McCarthy 
and Nick Lathouris
Producer - Doug Mitchell 
Producer/Assistant Director - 
P.J. Voeten
Production Supervisor/
Visual Effects Producer - Holly Radcliffe 
Production Designer - Colin Gibson
Costume Designer - Jenny Beavan
Director of Photography/
Camera Operator - John Seale
Stunt and Rigging Coordinator - Keir Beck
Second Unit Director/Stunts/
Supervising Stunt Coordinator - 
Guy Norris
Stunt Coordinator/Performer/
Stunts - Lawrence Woodward
Fight Coordinator/Stunt Performers - 
Richard Norton and Greg van Borssum
Special Effects Supervisor - Dan Oliver
Visual Effects Supervisors - Andrew Jackson 
and Katherine Rodtsbrooks 
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - David Nelson
Film Editor - Margaret Sixel
Music - Junkie XL

Thirty years after a long indefinite halt on the MAD MAX series that were supposedly concluded with the third movie BEYOND THUNDERDOME (click here), the films revolved on radical and frightening interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world with a civilization without law and order. When going to watch a MAD MAX flick, you could always count on a lot of adult themes that include violence and gore that could be considered frightening and inappropriate to younger audiences. Now the trilogy becomes a quadrilogy with its newest addition FURY ROAD as a strong return to form which brings the franchise back to life. Director George Miller has again returned from the shore of digital animation pioneering on the two HAPPY FEET movies to the live-action filmmaking of MAD MAX that he proudly welcomed to the growing list of Aussie cinema classics. Furthermore, FURY ROAD is in about the same league as THE ROAD WARRIOR which has its fuel-driven camera shots and high-octane action I must say however that all the driving and stunts has certainly done this film justice.

I thought the acting from Tom Hardy was good, but he seems to play it safe and not take creative risks. But because there is no one other than Tom who has this near-uncanny resemblance to the now-aged original actor Mel Gibson. All the scepticism of his acting have faded away and critics' reviews have been highly positive of his portrayal, much of the reason I think I was confident he would be up to the challenge was due to having witnessed his outstanding performance of the Bane character in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (click here). Also sweetening the deal in this movie is the all so talented Charlize Theron in the role as the leader of the female rogues which consist of Zoë Kravitz and the actress who replaced Megan Fox and her character in TRANSFORMERS 3. On a surprising note, she seems to be well-adjusted for the part and as usual presents with a strong female character. 

There's a compelling thought that FURY ROAD is the second best movie in the series and with THE ROAD WARRIOR still taking the lead as the greatest addition to date. I would say your impression of this movie would be best served if you watch the original MAD MAX movies first. As a standalone feature, it is not quite as impacting as you don't know the backstory of the title character and his journey through the treacherous highways of the outlands.

If you have not seen this movie yet and you were in the mood for a serving of action, edge of your seat thrills and large-scale explosions, then this is the film for you.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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