Mad Max: Fury Road Film Review

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Full disclosure – Mad Max: Fury Road never appealed to me. The trailer was totally insane and I was not even slightly inclined to see it but I’m never one to pass up a free screening. I watched all of Mel Gibson’s original trilogy in preparation but that is unnecessary – you won’t have a clue what is going on in this whether you’re new to the franchise or not.

Tom Hardy steps into Gibson’s shoes as the main man Max, who gets caught up in a high octane road race between one-armed Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and the boss of her town Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult). She is trying to take his five wives (including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz and Riley Keough) to a better world.

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The entire film is essentially one long chase, it is relentless and you never really get the purpose of it. The plot is non-existent, there is barely any dialogue, the supporting characters are effing weird and nothing is explained. The people are supposed to have been driven mad by this dystopian world but I’m pretty sure some of them aren’t even human. It is funny in places (not sure if it was intentional) and some people didn’t even attempt an Australian accent.

Hardy is supposed to be the star but he is mainly playing second fiddle to Theron, who is a total boss. All the females have great parts and I was digging the girl power. The actors did a lot of the stunts themselves, the car chases feel real and the stunts are incredible because they all practical, no CG. I have to hand it to director George Miller – this film has a huge scale in a tough environment and stylistically, it looks amazing. But it is very intense, hard to take in and I repeatedly thought ‘what the fuck?!’ throughout.

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It doesn’t really relate to the original films and you don’t need to see them. At least Gibson’s movies had a slight grasp on humanity and reality whereas here, the characters are so off the wall, it could be a sci-fi. So yes, there are many things wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road, but this is perfect for those who love non-stop action and a bonkers world. I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. It is just so unashamedly batshit crazy and once you’ve accepted that, you just have to roll with it and take it for what it is.

Released Thursday 14th May 

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