Once in a blue moon, there is that action movie that so many people are craving in their lives and in the past few years, we have that with movies like The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2: Bernadal, Dredd, John Wick and a few other fun action flicks. However, some action movies tend to hype itself to make it think it’s going to be big but end up being a gigantic mess (that example being The Expendables movies).
Now, today’s movie review looks like something special all right.
I must admit….I’m going in fresh it’s been a long while since I saw a Mad Max movie. I remember seeing the first one recently but not Road Warrior or Beyond Thunderdome. It’s been nearly 30 years since its last movie and the buzzing question is does it still got something left in the tank?
An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Now I’m going to take a deep breath and say that DAMN THIS MOVIE IS FIRE!!!!!
FUCK IT!! I DON’T NEED TO SEE THE REST OF THE SUMMER MOVIES. THIS AND AVENGERS FILLED MY SUMMER ACTION QUOTA!! THIS FILM IS AMAZING!!!
OK, but seriously, everything about this movie has a lot of positives going for it. The obvious first being the action and the way it was shot, cut and edited with all the practical stunts and effects used in there with limited use of CG (they used it in the dust storm sequence though, but I understand that). Not only is the action is the main star of the movies, but the environment, the cars, motorbikes, etc. is what gave this movie life. It’s the adrenaline of the movie that gets you pumped like you want to be part of the action (although in reality, you really don’t) and that’s the type of action that is justly needed in movies nowadays, not just some macho he-man one-liner bullshit in other movies but the energy that is required to it. As for the story itself, you got your point A to point B storyline of Furiosa helping these girls escape from their tyrannical ruler Immortan Joe (yes, Immortan, I thought it was immortal, too.) and his army The Warboys and it helps that it does get tense the more the movie progresses and some of the calm moments (as little as they are) had their moments in between. George Miller returns to form with directing the fourth installment in the movie and he still got his chops despite having a 30-year absence and one of the few times a director can up the scale of his own property.
There are some little nitpicks during the movie but not enough for it to go against it but this movie needed subtitles. Yeah, I can’t understand most of the dialogue in the movie and I tried to decode what most of the dialogue was.
For characters, I know many people want Tom Hardy to be the badass that is Max Rockatanasky and he does….but he is underplayed as Charlize Theron steals the show as Imperator Furiosa and she is one woman not to be fucked with and Theron plays it off well, too. Not to mention her leading a group of women to safety shows that there is a strong female character presence in here but it’s not shoving it down our throats or had to remind us every minute or so (On a personal note: Finally, Charlize Theron is in a movie that I liked!!) But that’s not to say Hardy did a bad job as he was good as Max and I’m basing that purely on his performance, not just comparing him to Mel Gibson. Nicholas Hoult was my favorite performance as Nux as you think he would be this crazy guy that’s going to mess up some shit but he was actually the soul of the movie once you know his part of the movie. The rest of the performances were good enough although one shoutout goes to iOTA, playing one of the best characters of the movie, THE DOOF WARRIOR!!!!! (That guy that plays the flamethrower guitar.)
I got to give props to the score done by electronica musician Tom Holkenberg aka Junkie XL, who has been transitioning to movie scores for some time now along with collaborating/assisting with Hans Zimmer in his scores but he held his own in this score and you see in his work he is putting effort into the music with its heavily epic-sounding orchestra with some rock in there.
FINAL VERDICT: Mad Max: Fury Road lives up to be the action movie we deserved. It’s a gritty, grimy, dusty and adrenaline-fueled ride that is an on-going car chase for 2 hours and those 2 hours are worth it. If there was going to be a sequel following this, I would pay top dollar for that.
I said it before and I’ll said it again. This movie and Age of Ultron are the best summer action movies so far.
In other words, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Ant-Man, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation & Fantastic Four…….you better step your game up for this but to be fair, no one has faith in Genisys at this point.
9/10 – First Class
I would definitely buy it on Blu-ray….that way I can turn on the subtitles.
Until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and I hope all of you have a LOVELY DAY.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURES / VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES