Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road

Movie Name: Mad Max: Fury Road
Year of Release: 2015
Director: George Miller
Stars: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

Director George Miller is back to the series that initially jump-started his career, following his previous animated features. The film introduces us to Max, who is initially captured by Immortan Joe's thugs. Joe is a ruthless leader who commands a large community in a post apocalyptic world (one where water is scarce, and where he commands through force). One of Immortan Joe's generals (of sorts) is Imperator Furiosa, a woman who has been a slave to his needs for most of her adult life. We soon find out that she has decided to rebel, and take Joe's multiple wives to a refuge, where women can have a free life without persecution and slavery. Her departure does not go unnoticed - Immortan Joe and all his lackeys go in hot pursuit, and it's up to Max to come in and assist and aid this group.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" manages to be a stunningly choreographed, and exquisitely shot film, that possesses a strong feminist message to it. The film has a rather straightforward plot, much like the previous films in the series: this time around, this group of women have to get to their refuge, and once there, they realize that the utopia no longer exists and are forced to return to where they escaped. Max is once again the lone ranger type, who comes to the rescue of this desperate group, one led by a charismatic and fiercely independent (and also bruised) woman. Charlize Theron's character is indeed the strongest element of the film: she gives it depth, feeling, charisma and a heart, something that is lacking from Tom Hardy's character (and performance). Mel Gibson's version of Max, was at its peak (which would be "Mad Max: The Road Warrior"), the silent and charismatic loner, but one that brought a sense of urgency and despair, something that even with the fast paced editing and constant flashbacks, can't add to Tom Hardy's performance (he always feels wooden, emotionless and out of place). Visually the film is stupendous, with beautiful colors, fantastic production design, and an impressive body of stunts that makes this for a unique experience. Worth watching.