Film Review – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Eddie’s Take

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Title – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Director – George Miller (The Man From Snowy River)

Cast – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Megan Gale, Zoe Kravitz

Plot – In the wastelands of what’s left of humanity, Max (Hardy) finds himself escorting a war rig full of beautiful girls known as the 5 Wives, who along with the help of fearless female warrior Imperator Furiosa (Theron) have escaped the clutches of evil warlord Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) who will stop at nothing in his quest to return his prized possessions.

 “My name is Max. My world is fire. And blood”

Review by Eddie on 15/05/2015 – for Jordan’s take click here

Get ready to replace your eyeballs after this experience, as Max Rockatansky is back in his most explosive, sensory overloading, vehicular led journey yet! Fury Road, a petrolhead’s sand infused dream come to beautiful yet utterly bonkers existence, George Miller’s long gestating action extravaganza, not only laughs in the face of modern blockbusters, but blows them away by creating some of the most outstanding carnage ever captured for our screens.

In a modern day and age where it’s hard for action events to differentiate themselves from each other, blockbusters that are CGI laden and shaky cam heavy, Fury Road does the impossible and turns what is essentially a 2 hour long desert set car chase into something that is unique and refreshingly mad. With a budget in the hundreds of millions and a crew that clearly knew how to deliver the goods, 70 year old director Miller has had his visions come to roaring fruition, from the cars, the inhabitants and the milk productions, this is the apocalyptic wasteland that Miller must of envisioned all the way back with the original Mad Max, but only now does the technology meet the requirements.

It’s without question that what elevates Fury Road to the next level of pure cinematic enjoyment, is the fact that the world we enter into for these 2 adrenaline fuelled hours is a world that feels like a living breathing entity, a handcrafted and often destructively beautiful labour of love. There will be a constant reminder to oneself throughout, that what you are seeing is largely perfectly constructed stunts and props played out in painstakingly elaborate setups. Every clash of metal on metal, every loud burst of exhaustive vehicle power and every swaying stunt man is a sight to behold and thanks to an impressively strong cast of leads and supports, Miller’s orchestrated chaos is not lost by the wayside.

It was never going to be an easy task for the actor stepping into Mel Gibson’s leather boots, but man of the moment Tom Hardy does a solid if slightly unmemorable job in his new gig, in what is a role that sees Max play wingman to Charlize Theron’s feisty and soon to be iconic Imperator Furiosa. It’s a criticism of the film that it does seemingly waste an opportunity to get more out of Hardy and while there are small moments of greatness and thankfully humour (Max heading off at night-time to take care of a car full of bandits springs to mind) his turn is not a highpoint of the film. While criticism can be made of this aspect of Fury Road, it’s also in an opposite effect a huge win for the tale that it doesn’t rely solely on the charisma or bulking presence of Hardy to succeed and finds great moments when Theron takes centre stage and in the support turns from Nicholas Hoult as bad luck War Boy Nux and a fantastic bandit named Doof Warrior who takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix with his axe work, everyone here gets a moment to shine, often with bizarre characters.

An action event of recent times, unparalleled equals and quite possibly one of the most purely visceral and intense action films ever made, this wild and frightfully wild car chase is going to please fans of not only the Mad Max universe but cinema fans the world over. George Miller toiled long and hard to get his ultimate vision to our screens and after all his blood sweat and tears, it’s fantastic to be able to say Fury Road is the great success that it is and hopefully the beginning of an all new saga for our beloved road warrior.

4 and a half dedicated guitar players out of 5

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66 responses to “Film Review – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Eddie’s Take

  1. I’ve never seen the Mad Max films, but the lavish praise heaped upon this film (99% at RottenTomatoes.com) encourages me to discover this cinematic apocalyptic world. This seems to be a good year for movies, and I’m looking forward to viewing them once they’re out on DVD/Blu-Ray.

    • So far so good Livid and I must admit to not being the most ardent fan of the old movies but this was Blockbuster movie making at its most entertaining. Find the biggest screen you can for it is my only advice.
      E

  2. Just got back. Still trying to process what I just saw. Will get back to you with hopefully unjumbled thoughts tomorrow… what a bloody spectacular ride!

    • I was abit like that mate, sat on it last night a little more as I was torn between 4 stars and 4 and a half but feel it’s a film that grows on you more as time goes on.
      E

  3. Watching this tomorrow night, and I’m really glad I saw you guys’ review. I love how you write, this is a great review! So excited for the movie!

  4. Completely agree. I managed to get into the first showing at my local cinema. I loved every minute of it, so much so that I’m looking to go at least a couple more times!

  5. Fun review..but slap on the wrist to you for debating over a 4 or 4 1/2 stars when it’s a truly 5 star pic! ha! I feel you on the breathing thing. I got to screen it a few days early..it was easily a few days before I was back at proper breathing..:D

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  7. Enjoyable but exhausting. And to be honest a little disappointed. No question it’s a superior piece of filmmaking but wanted more connectivity between people.

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  9. I must be getting old. I cannot imagine wanting to sit through a two-hour car chase. Then again, I did see ‘Vanishing Point’, but I was only 19 years old at the time.
    Regards from Norfolk. Pete.

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