MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) Reviews and overview

 

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Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 post-apocalyptic action film directed, produced and co-written by George Miller (Furiosa), and the fourth film of Miller’s Mad Max franchise. Fury Road features actor Tom Hardy as Mad Max and has a reported budget of $150 million.

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Plot:

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, loner Max meets Furiosa, a woman who wishes to cross the desert…

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Reviews:

“At certain key moments, people’s body movements, especially Max’s, slightly speed up, giving the film a kind of dreamlike horror effect, which further colours the occasionally Dalí-esque strangeness of these feral militia on the landscape. Everything looks churned and charred: the heat and desert have turned everyone mad, like Max. As someone says: “Do not become addicted to water; it will take hold of you and you will resent its absence.” It could be a poster tagline for this entirely demented film.” The Guardian

“The over-the-top stunts and eccentric characters and designs are all hugely important to Fury Road, as are the troubled figures like Max himself and Furiosa, but it’s the overriding sense of the film’s uniqueness, its striving to be something more than just another action movie, that is most impressive. Mad Max: Fury Road is a one of a kind. Like the world it creates, it is a thing of beautiful brutality.” IGN

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“At a time when expensive summer movies seem increasingly formulaic, Mad Max: Fury Road tears up the rulebook. It feels like Miller going for broke – holding nothing back for a sequel, but instead throwing every ounce of creativity and imagination into one compact slab of sound and movement. Concise where most action movies are complicated, sharp and violent where most are tame and bloodless, Mad Max: Fury Road is a brutal, breathtaking work of pop art.” Den of Geek

Fury Road is, for all intents and purposes, a two-hour car chase interrupted by a brief stretch of anxious downtime, and realized with the sort of deranged grandiosity that confirms Miller’s franchise has entered its decadent phase. All the more remarkable, then, that the movie still manages to retain its focus, achieving at once a shrewd distillation and a ferocious acceleration of its predecessors’ sensibility. There is gargantuan excess here, to be sure — and no shortage of madness — but there is also an astonishing level of discipline.” Variety

“With a propelling score, some astonishingly beautiful locations captured in Namibia and South Africa, a slew of gritty characters and some of the best car chase sequences every captured for cinema, audiences have got from this fourth film in the series more than they could have ever expected. Fury Road is in the literal sense amazing, a wonderous blast of fun that’s sure to warm the heart of even the most jaded anti-blockbuster audience member. Go see this film, and then go see it again… and again.” TwitchFilm

“Miller has put all the money, all the perverse and poetic flights of his imagination, on the screen. The scope is more operatic, the attitude still punk rock. It’s almost as if a petrol-head David Lynch has been given license to despoil the homogenised blueprint of the modern blockbuster. Racing into a gigantic, surreal sandstorm, the pursuit is assaulted by forks of lightning, tornadoes and scarlet fireballs, an echo of the nuclear holocaust that has left the world mad.” Empire

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” …the main effective ingredient in “Fury Road” is its ongoing motion. The chases largely pivot on insane car-to-car acrobatics, narrow exchanges of gunfire and metal smashing together at ridiculously high speeds. Inspiring fear and giddy excitement in equal measures, Fury Road suggests the unruly collision of Ben Hur and a Road Runner cartoon.” Indiewire

“This is the richest of the four films thematically. It’s the best script in the series overall. The way it grapples with ideas of both patriarchy and matriarchy and the need of the world to constantly be at war is adult and direct and organically explored within the context of this beautifully simple action story. The world of this movie did not just convince me, it overwhelmed me.” HitFix

“Where Fury Road stands apart from so much of today’s action cinema is that the human element remains front and center; it’s one thing to watch an Avenger or one of the Fast and Furious drivers defy logic and gravity — not that that can’t be lots of fun — but there’s something more direct in watching people crawling on the outside of fast-moving vehicles, or worrying about getting plucked from same by one of the bad guys, that adds an additional, relatable frisson to each action sequence.” The Wrap

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Cast and characters:

Tom Hardy … Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron … Imperator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult … Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne … Immortan Joe
Josh Helman … Slit
Nathan Jones … Rictus Erectus
Zoë Kravitz … Toast the Knowing
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley … The Splendid Angharad
Riley Keough … Capable
Abbey Lee … The Dag
Courtney Eaton … Cheedo the Fragile
John Howard … The People Eater
Richard Carter … The Bullet Farmer
Iota … The Doof Warrior (as iOTA)
Angus Sampson … The Organic Mechanic

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