Mad Max: Fury Road
Released: May 15, 2015
Runtime: 120 Minutes
*Review by Contributor Austin Winkler
Mad Max: Fury Road is an action film directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Hugh Keays-Byrne. The story revolves around the title character formally known as Max (Hardy), who gets captured by this group of people who follow a cult leader (Keays-Byrne). Meanwhile, a woman named Furiosa (Theron) is trying to help these women who belong to the cult leader escape. Her’s and Max’s lives intertwine with each other and they try to bring order to the chaotic desert wasteland.
I will admit, I haven’t seen any of the Mad Max films prior to this one. I recognize they are very influential to the action film making world, but I never got around to watching them. Nevertheless, this was one of my most anticipated films of the year. The trailers really caught my attention with all the crazy action sequences and energetic camera work. Also, the last time I checked, this film held a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. All of the film critics I follow on youtube had nothing but great things to say about the film as well. Now that I have seen it for myself, I can tell you right now that it really lives up to the hype. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of crazy action sequences in this film. All of them are shot to perfection and it kind of reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark, an action film way ahead of its time. Not only do you have people inside moving vehicles fighting each other, but you also have people outside of the car, jumping from car to car, punching people in the face and shooting them…this movie is pretty bizarre. However, the action isn’t the only thing holding this movie down, the film also tells an engaging story with a surprising amount of heart to it. True, your eyes are fixated on the marvelous action scenes, but deep down, this movie tells an awesome story with interesting characters that people can relate to, and this is exactly what film lovers like me look for when they go to the movies. What’s crazy is George Miller is in his 70s, yet he can make a film so energetic and fast paced. I don’t mean to offend the older people who might be reading this, but it’s beyond me how someone of his age can bring that much energy to making a film. The direction here is just fantastic.
Everything in the acting department is spot on as well. Tom Hardy is great as Max, but Charlize Theron and Hugh Keays-Byrne as their characters are spot on. I love it when this happens because I personally don’t know too much about Theron and Keays-Byrne as actors, and I don’t think a whole lot of people know about them either. It’s always awesome to see directors bringing on genuinely talented actors who aren’t well known, and making them known through a great script and a masterful performance. The only complaint I have towards this film is I just think the story could have been a tad bit more developed. But right now, I’m just nit-picking. This is one minor flaw in an otherwise flawless picture. Bottom line, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best action films to come out this year. Please check it out in theaters whenever you can and I will strongly recommend picking it up on Blu-Ray. This is not a film you should miss.
4.5 out of 5
-This film is rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and disturbing images (according to the MPAA)
-No sex scenes, but there is one brief scene containing female nudity
-Women are shown being used to harvest breast milk. Nudity isn’t shown here, but it is very uncomfortable to watch.
-A very disturbing scene showing a doctor performing a C-section on a pregnant woman. Mostly happens off-screen, but it’s not for the squeamish.
-Tons of fight sequences. People are beaten, shot, and a few scenes show cars blowing up. Most scenes aren’t too bloody, but they’re all very intense.
-Minimal swearing throughout. The F-word is used once and there is some name calling scattered throughout the film. Milder language is also sparingly used.
-The main villain views himself as a God and there are many people who faithfully follow him.
-I would not recommend taking young children to see this.
1.5 out of 5