Mad Max: Fury Road Review
by J. Dalgleish
***** 5 Stars
‘Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of over-the-top special effects which cost millions of dollars in budget, but they use the effects in this film so unbelievably well that it’s a stunning watch in every sense of the word.’
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult
Plot Synopsis: Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.
This is easily one of the best movies I have watched in my lifetime. After watching the other Mad Max’s before this, I was relatively scared to view this as the other ones were also a joy to watch, but Fury Road is easily the best movie of the Mad Max series. A brilliant performance from Tom Hardy is a true highlight in this movie. The story-line is extremely simplistic but so effective, as the whole film is just being a huge chase scene, full of action and adventure along the way.
Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of over-the-top special effects which cost millions of dollars in budget, but they use the effects in this film so unbelievably well that it’s a stunning watch in every sense of the word. After watching so many movies which include car chases, I was expecting this to be a run-of-the-mill ‘car chase’ movie which included near death scenes and intense scenes in which we’re at the edge of our seat for. The film is essentially that but it also felt different to these other movies as they technically aren’t on a road – they’re in the middle of a desert setting. The open and vast setting makes this movie look and feel so much better than other car chase movies which include a motorway or a road of some sort. The desert being so open and huge, it makes the journey seem so long and strenuous but adds a sense of the characters being a mere dot compared to the desert which is quite intense to think about.
What also adds huge tension to this film is the lack of dialogue. The director, George Miller, is very dependant on pure cinema where we have to realise what is going on through images rather than dialogue. I love how little dialogue is in this, most sounds present are either from the music, grunting noises from some characters or the sounds of engines which is really intense. Overall, there is little to no things I can say that are bad about this movie, I enjoyed it from start to finish and I would most definitely watch it again and again.
Mad Max: Fury Road is currently available on Prime Video and was rated 15 by the BBFC.