[Review] Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Loud, fast, powerful and visually brilliant… Mad Max: Fury Road is one hell of a ride with massive explosions and amazing and violent sequences. In 1977, the visionary director George Miller introduced to the whole world the story of an antihero on his own road to vengeance in an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia where road gangs ruled the streets. Almost 40 years after the release of the first movie, Miller brings back the good ol’ magic of Mad Max with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson in what could be easily described as the best blockbuster of the year so far.
An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. [Source: IMDb]
After leaving the IMAX theater, my heart was pumping really fast due to my excitement during most of the scenes. Mad Max: Fury Road has action written all over the place with intense sequences that are both violent and thrilling. Without losing its energetic pace, Mad Max conquers the audience with a narrative out-of-the-box, that even though it’s sometimes a bit a repetitive it manages to be intriguing and pleasant thanks to great characters (Max and Furiosa). The two rebels gather their strengths when Furiosa decides to protect some innocent women from the hands of Immortan Joe, Citadel’s true leader, and their relationship has a bit of everything, from moments of mistrust to moments of great chemistry that will lead this characters to thrilling maneuvers in their journey through the fury road. As for Immortan Joe, he’s probably one of the meanest villains I’ve seen in an action film. Accompanied by his “soldiers”, Joe will pursuit Furiosa and Max until he gets back what was stolen from his chambers, which makes Mad Max: Fury Road a thrilling ride that combines war and violence with speed and adrenaline in a way that it’s simply amazing. The movie also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nux, one of Joe’s soldiers, who is a quite funny character that is constantly looking for his time to shine.
Compared with nowadays blockbusters, Mad Max: Fury Road can be seen as a work of art since it manages to honor B-series movies in a modern and refreshing way that thanks to the huge technological breakthroughs gave the whole experience a touch of visual brilliancy. Mad Max: Fury Road is a surprise in every way and an intense movie every moviegoer must watch in the biggest possible screen. With a curious soundtrack that features epic tones with a bit of heavy metal in the middle, the pursuit gets an epic tone that makes every single action sequence thrilling and exciting. When it comes to performances, Fury Road also leaves almost no room for disappointment, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron showing to everyone that they are able to make a good job even when the movie’s atmosphere doesn’t call for that.
With its own exaggerations and the unusual yet enthusiastic tone that Miller gave to the story, Mad Max: Fury Road might have the chance to become a classic in the future. A return to the old days in a stylish way that leaves everyone with their eyes focused on the thrilling ride. With monstrous cars, lots of explosions combined with some violent and disgusting moments, Mad Max: Fury Road achieves the status of blockbuster even though it looks more like a B-series movie. Visually brilliant and compelling, Mad Max: Fury Road is a blessing surprise whose weak points are mostly related with a quite repetitive plot, which kind of doesn’t matter that much in the middle of all the nonsense. In the end, after two hours of action-packed pursuits that left me stunned during most of the time, I must admit it was indeed a lovely day!