Friday, June 10, 2016

Film Reivew: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Review)
Australia/United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: HBO Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the best films of 2015 and one of the best summer blockbusters I've ever seen."

Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) rebels against the tyrannical Immortan Joe by taking his five wives away during a trip to collect gasoline...

Mad Max: Fury Road takes place after the nuclear holocaust. Civilization has collapsed, the world has become a barren wasteland, and groups of violent survivors have formed – Immortan Joe leads one of those deranged groups. Max (Tom Hardy), a survivor, is captured by Joe's army and forced to become a human blood bag for a War Boy named Nux. Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa, leading a convoy to collect gasoline, takes a detour while she secretly tries to take Joe's five wives to safety. Unfortunately, Joe quickly finds out and she finds herself with several armies hot on her tail. Nux joins the pursuit, which forces Max to join as well. There isn't much to spoil in this narrative, but it is very exciting stuff. It all leads to a great ending.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a fantastic film. In fact, it's one of the best films of 2015 and one of the best summer blockbusters I've ever seen. Although it doesn't dig too deep, the film brings you into this rich alternate universe filled with unforgettable characters. Even the environments have character. The action sequences are brilliant. It keeps you at the edge of your seat through several epic set pieces. There are a few scenes to catch your breath, but it's the closest you'll get to a real nonstop action film. Fortunately, thanks to the stunts, the camerawork, the visuals, and the universe, it never gets boring. It does often feel a bit too contrived, though. There are plenty of those scenes where everything that can possibly go wrong goes wrong at the very last second. It's not a significant issue, but it was noticeable — and it really shouldn't be.

Tom Hardy plays Max, a man with few words. Most of his performance is reliant on facial expressions and his general aura. Fortunately, he nails the performance. Charlize Theron also performs well as the leading lady. She has a very strong presence in this film. The films is beautifully shot thanks to the fantastic cinematography and superb camerawork. The music is also great, blending well with the film. Mad Max: Fury Road is written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris; Miller also directs. The writing is great, creating a rich world, interesting characters, and introducing some intriguing themes. The direction is fantastic, too. Miller creates an unforgettable experience, balancing action, character, and narrative very well.

Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road is a fantastic film. It is easily one of the best films of 2015. Action fans will be thoroughly entertained by this epic movie. I don't think I've seen this much action in a film since The Raid 2: Berandal. Don’t miss it!

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood, partial nudity.

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