Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Director: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, Angus Sampson, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer

Still managing to get in the way, Max (Hardy) is captured by the War Boys, headed by Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne), and used as a 'blood bag' - an alternative to food - for Nux (Hoult). Meanwhile, Joe's five wives have secretly escaped onboard Imperator Furiosa' (Theron) armoured truck and headed for the 'Green Place' where she spent her youth. Joe gathers his army, with Max attached to his own vehicle as a sacrifice, little knowing how much destruction can be had once Max escapes.

This is a complete surprise package from the 4th product in the Mad Max series that insists on dark persistence without much let up. It travels at a lightening pace and the stunt performances and effects, of which Miller stated 90% were practical, is invigorating. Directly following in the former films footsteps, marks were purely taken off for moments of unoriginality with elements clearly influenced by a previously unstated series that gave Hardy a role that took him to the big time - I'll give you 3 guesses.

I'm not sure what type of accent everyone was doing, not that it really matters, but Hardy as Mel Gibson's replacement hits the nail perfectly. Theron seems chosen purely from her role in Prometheus, though wisely done. Most impressive where the young wives club, especially Huntington-Whiteley as the delicate Splendid Angharad, and Gale should be given the Quiet Achiever Award. Keays-Byrne appeared in the original Mad Max, though I'm not sure what connection they have. A must see for 2015!

4.5/5


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