MAD MAX: Fury Road
Max, dearest of all my friends.
If you’re like me, and Fury Road is your first film in the Mad Max series then you WILL NOT be disappointed. Directed by George Miller, (Mad Max, Babe) Fury Road wastes no time delivering the action to you. The film starts off with Max (Tom Hardy) getting himself captured by the war boys and taken to the Citadel. Max is no easy take, kicking and bashing many a skull in the process. I was taken away by the design structure of the Citadel this place is huge! The Citadel is a cluster of three rock towers that sit above an aquifer of fresh water. By drawing the water through the rocks, the people of the Citadel are able to irrigate a small area of the Wasteland. This is the stronghold of Immortan Joe, (Hugh Keays-Byrne) the deformed tyrant hell bent on causing anarchy.
The film follows a nuclear holocaust, and America (and most likely the entire world) is in a state of emergency with no government, no order and in the hands of hooligans resorting to mob rule. The minute Max gets himself caught, and held captive; Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) decides to make a prison break with five of Immortan Joe’s wives. She hits the road with a supped up war rig, but they don’t get far before Joe and the Calvary go after them. The cars all look unique with different guns, and armor all made to fit the post-apocalyptic theme, and it’s done very well. The action is pushed to 10 when Joe’s war boys are doing everything possible to take Furiosa down, but she leads the crew into an angry looking sand storm. All this is happening while Max is strapped to the front of Nux’s (Nicholas Hoult) car supplying the young rebel with blood and energy. Many go into the sandstorm but not many exit, Max then somehow manages to stop Nux from executing a Valallan driven kamikaze stunt to stop Furiosa.
Furiosa is a tough lieutenant with one hand, but two chips on her shoulder. She’s liberating the girls, and promises to take them to the “Green Place” an idyllic oasis that she remembers from her past. Things don’t go as planned when then Green Place isn’t what she remembers, and is now a crow riddled wasteland. This is one of those movies that demands 100% of your attention, it draws you in with action, but keeps you watching with an impressive story, and dynamic characters. The final act is a result of Max’s recommendation to kill Joe, and go back to the Citadel and rebuild. Literally every second of the final act is jaw dropping, and is by far the BEST action sequence of events I’ve ever seen, and as it stands Fury Road is the best action movie I’ve ever seen! At the end of the film, and at the end of the day, it’s ok to be a little mad.