It’s hard to remember an action movie in recent memory that’s cultivated anything new from the genre. George Miller’s reboot of his 80’s-classic is nothing you’ve ever seen before. Oh man, you have no idea. Firstly, 80% of the effects are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron’s left hand, which you will find out why once you see the film. This is all astonishing and thrilling to see. George Miller has proven with his 30-year comeback that he is first and foremost a widescreen visual stylist, who understands action masterfully. There is barely any dialogue in this film. No boring expositions. This is an action film thats uses “insanity” or the psyche to explain this chaotic madness that has run our world or at least why Max can be seen as being Mad. It is often times funny too, which is a characteristic that can be rooted from madness. But when there is dialogue it is handled meticulously and effectively. Tom Hardy is perfect as the title character, physically and emotionally-he’s great at showing no emotion and emotion at the same time. As Nux, my personal favorite character from the film, Nicholas Hoult is wonderful at making the audience emphasize with this crazed-war boy. It’s the performance by Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa that really sticks with you, though. In a scene where you think she’s going to give that cliche speech to Max about her life, she then completely makes it about something else, with just one word and the expression in her eyes. Theron is quite powerful and adds a great degree of humanity to this film.
With amazing cinematography by John Seale and a wild soundtrack by Junkie XL, the rides through Fury Road are those rare moments in cinema where you have to blink your eyes a few times to make sure you saw what you just saw. “Come for the blistering, full-tilt action, stay for the thought-provoking consideration of the post-apocalypse” (Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist).
Go see MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, the action movie of the year now!