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December 14, 2018

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) --- “In This Future, Only The Mad Survive.”

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. (1)

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     It has been 30 years since directors George Miller and George Ogilvie’s 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starring Mel Gibson. And now director Miller returns to bring his post-apocalyptic franchise roaring back to life in this dramatic, explosive, and action-packed sequel, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

     Although Fury Road is the 4th installment in the Mad Max series, it is the most unique and creative as well as my personal favorite. The film delivers and delivers time and time again, with exhilarating action sequences and a surprising amount of narrative quality that is unlike anything we have seen before. The action is both fast-paced, furious, bold, and innovative, and yet the style remains similar to its predecessors. Old West showdowns of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone meet the funky mayhem with slight feminism that is  The 5th Element and Serenity. The music score by Junkie XL (Justice League and BvS: Dawn of Justice) is like a high-tech opera that is also an important part of the film as it adds to the story, action, and visuals.
    Fury Road is a visionary masterpiece in its own way with a wild sense of speed, daringness, and badass action that carries well throughout the whole film. Through the make-up, costume design, set designs, cinematography, and film editing, director Miller and his team reveal a society that visually adds commentary to how the survivors live under the brutal conditions of a dying world. But without most the unnecessary exposition scenes that are typical of most action films.
     The cast performances are superb especially since the few moments of dialogue helps to drive the story further. Tom Hardy (Venom) takes over from Gibson as (Mad) Max and let me say that he does an incredible job. He starts off like a wild animal escaping captivity and then gradually retains some normality the further away from the Citadel. However, his eyes will always be filled with a level of craziness no matter how much distance he puts between himself and his captors. His twitchy mannerisms and croaky line delivery add to his character’s now more animalistic nature. Head shaved and smeared in oil with a mechanical arm Charlize Theron (Atomic Blond) not only looks the part as badass warrior Imperator Furiosa but she also displays conviction, desperation, anxiety, and dedication throughout every single line she delivers. Hugh Keays-Byrne (Sleeping Beauty, 2011) gives a terrifically terrifying performance as one of the best antagonist ever, Immortal Joe. His voice is epic and he manages to dominate in every scene he’s in with authority that is only amplified by those who worship him. Nicholas Hoult (Dark Phoenix) is almost unrecognizable as the crazy, albino, sickly War Boy Nux. There are outstanding supporting performances from the wives – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoe Kravitz (Kin), Abbey Lee (Dark Tower), Courtney Eaton (Gods of Egypt), and Riley Keough (Logan Lucky) – ImMortal Joe’s main followers – Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Angus Sampson (Winchester) – and wasteland Valkyrie Megan Gale (The Water Diviner).

     Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is an intense, explosive, and action-packed 4th installment that brings the Mad Max series back to life after 30 years in the making. The storyline was great in a Wyatt Earp meets Serenity style, the music was perfect, the visuals help drive the story home, and the cast performances were superb. This is by far the most unique and creative film in the series, not to mention my favorite, and I recommend it.

"I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!"
- Nux

Final Vote --- 8.2 of 10 stars

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