Max, a man of action and few words, ends up helping a woman named Furiosa escape the evil clutches of the leader of a vicious rebel group.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Directed by George Miller
Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult,
Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Riley Keough, Abby Lee, Courtney Eaton
Sequel to 1985's Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Oscar Wins - Best Film Editing, Best Production Design,
Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing,
Best Sound Editing
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director,
Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects
The hype surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road was incredible. If the film wasn't up to snuff, it seemed like there would be riots in the streets. Thankfully, that did not happen as Fury Road absolutely lived up to the hype and delivered one of the most badass action flicks of the year.
Tom Hardy filled the shoes of the iconic Mel Gibson, playing the role of Max Rockatansky for this generation. While not having much dialogue, Hardy still manages to take control of the screen and deliver a powerhouse performance. Charlize Theron is great as well, matching Hardy's onscreen presence with ease and giving a strong performance. But the one who knocked down both of these strong actors was Nicholas Hoult, who delivered what I believe to be an Oscar-worthy performance and will no doubt open tons of doors for the young up-and-comer.
The cinematography of George Miller's desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland was magnificent, showing audiences a believable scenario with psychotic roadrunners and guitar/flamethrower wielding maniacs. I admire this film very much for relying on practical effects, as well as CGI. Too many directors these days forget about the realism of practicality, but George Miller did not.
Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road exceeded expectations and provided us with yet another intense action flick with a bizarre and varied roster of colorful characters. The action scenes are amazing and the plot is simple enough that you won't get lost in the mindless carnage and mayhem. Simply put, this film was fantastic.
It's been 30 years since the world has seen the man known as Max Rockatansky tearing it up on the big screen. Luckily, Mad Max: Fury Road brings the character roaring back to life. Even without Mel Gibson in the title role, this is one of the most badass, entertaining films of the year. The bar has officially been set for any action films going forward.
Tom Hardy is excellent in taking over the role of this iconic character. He doesn't talk a lot, instead, he uses his actions to speak for him. Charlize Theron is also great as Imperator Furiosa, creating a strong female character that dominates every scene she's in. Hugh Keays-Byrne, from the original film, makes a welcome return to the franchise as brand new villain, Immortan Joe. I also have to give a shout out to Nicholas Hoult, who was nearly unrecognizable in his role. Now for the main thing, the action. This film was nonstop action form beginning to end. The vehicular slaughter and action was well filmed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't speak highly enough of the film's many action scenes, you really just have to see it for yourself. Finally, the cinematography is gorgeous, creating a completely different look to the usual post apocalyptic films.
Mad Max: Fury Road was a blast to watch. It was a badass movie full of intense action scenes and odd characters. Tom Hardy graciously takes over the role made famous by Mel Gibson, making it his own and bringing the character to a whole new generation. The director, George Miller, has stated he has ideas for two more films and I honestly couldn't be more excited. Bring on more Mad Max.