Flash Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

There are various reasons to chase someone and I think I have experienced most of them. I can remember as a small child the thrill of having a relative chase me around the house. Funny for their size and age it was surprising they did not catch me more times than they did back then. I understood this better when I started being asked by my younger relatives to try and catch them. Then there was the time I was riding my bicycle in the neighborhood and a neighbor’s dog ran after me when I passed in front of its house. I was huffing and puffing as I sped away, not sure if the dog was being friendly or protecting its territory. Another form of chasing is when you spot someone you know in a crowd and you try to catch up to them. Out of the different reasons for being chased the one that produces the most adrenaline is the one where you feel you are about to receive bodily damage if you are caught. In that split second when you realize the person or the group assembled in front of you wants to hurt you, your entire body springs into a hyper accelerated gear as you try to run away. All of your senses fine tune themselves to accept clues from your surroundings at a faster clip. The eyes continuously scan for clear paths; the ears listen beyond their usual range to keep track of your attackers and you feel your temperature rising to keep every muscle and fiber from tearing apart under the added exertion. An example of this can be found in this action adventure film.    WITH humanity broken and barely surviving on a spent planet two rebels dream about a better place. Such a dream could get them killed. Writer and director George Miller (The Witches of Eastwick, Happy Feet franchise) did not create a remake of his original Mad Max movies here; he produced a fierce, fiery adrenaline fueled science fiction fantasy that was utterly intense. Though I could barely understand some of the dialog, this film was meant to be a visual experience. Tom Hardy (Warrior, Child 44) and Charlize Theron (The Italian Job, Monster) as Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa were awesome. I loved the female empowerment angle to the story. Honestly, you can say whatever you want about the story; it really doesn’t matter because this was a visual masterpiece. There was so much action during what was essentially one long continuous chase scene that I was just amazed with the retro feel to everything. I could not tell what was CGI or what were actual stunts; even the motor vehicles were like individual characters. This picture was one stripped down, raw, death defying road trip without a seat belt. There were scenes with blood and violence.

 

3 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 19, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. You can not beat the original and where the original was shot in the desert of Australia

  2. I tend to agree about it being a visual experience, although I should say that I suspect some of the visual depictions are actually inspired by video-games; Borderline in particular.

    Still, I think they should’ve left this Mad Max franchise well-enough alone. As far as I’m concerned, the saga ends with Beyond The Thunderdome.

    • Edwin thanks for bringing up the video game inspiration. I did not give it any thought until you just mentioned it. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments.

  3. I’m one of the few people who really doesn’t like the Mad Max movies. I’m, therefore, not sure if I will see this one either. I had previously said there was not a chance I would watch it but now I’ve read your review I’m a little curious.

  4. I think I’ll pass on this one. I’d have a migraine before the first 1/2 hour was over with.

  5. Awesome!! I can’t wait to see this. I’m guessing I’ll leave the 3 year old home.

  6. I watched this movie last night, your review having persuaded me I should see it when I had the opportunity. Neither my husband or I liked the original Mad Max movie. I have never even seen the sequels, I hated the 1979 movie so much. We were, therefore, stunned by how much we enjoyed this new movie. We were gripped from the get go. The plot line was easy to follow (the same cannot be said for some of the dialogue) which certainly helped but really it was the visuals that were stupefying and bedazzling. Each and every image was so well considered, each scene and every stunt beautifully choreographed. It was a real feat of directing and editing. I also liked the feminist angle in the movie and the fact that the female lead was as scrappy and brutal and as capable as the male lead and that Furiosa and Max had such great, believable chemistry without their even being a whiff of love interest about it. So thank you for writing your review because otherwise I would have given this movie a miss.

    • Really Laura I am thrilled you had such a good time with this wild film and thank you so much for your comments. I am happy I was able to steer you to this film and it was a positive event. Also like you I was so impressed with the character of Furiosa.

  7. I watched this on DVD the other night and I was interested to see what you thought of it. I vaguely remembered the original movies from my teenage years, but I thought Fury Road far surpassed them in almost every way. I didn’t have any problem understanding the dialog, but that may be because I wasn’t watching it in a theater and so had more control over the sound.

    I thought that for a film that on the face of it is so over-the-top and unrealistic, the world that Miller created was often surprisingly detailed and believable. Similarly, although Fury Road is clearly a big-budget, explosion-laden megapic, I was surprised by how subtle and restrained it was in places. In particular, the way it handled the relationships between the main characters struck me as rather deftly done. I’d definitely recommend it to anybody who hasn’t seen it yet.

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