The post nuclear world of Mad Max is back in a big way. Starring Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) as the title character originally portrayed by Mel Gibson in the 1979 “Mad Max” and its two sequels. Fury Road also stars Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men prequels.)
The film is a bit ambiguous about it’s place in the original trilogy. While they have references to the first movie, like the death of Max’s Family, they don’t remark on any of the other film’s events, or the fact that the actor that played the leader of the biker gang in the first “Mad Max” is also the leader of the mutant army in this one. That’s right Hugh Keays-Byrne played not only Immortan Joe, the masked villain who has a Darth Vader vibe to him, but he was also Toecutter, The baddy that Gibson’s Max had to gun down after he murdered his friends and family.
No matter where it stands, it still stands alone. The amount of action and violence in this film definitely sets it apart from its predecessors. The original “Max” was a slow, kinda boring movie that was set in the not too distant future. However, the world of the original was not as defined. Gibson played a police officer, had a nice home and a family. If you don’t know too much about Australia, you might just assume that is how life is there. The sequels are where the look and feel that make this movie come from.
Set in desert world, water and food are scarce. Max stomps on and eats a two-headed lizard before being captured and tortured by mutants. I know what you are thinking, “Mutants, from Australia and the guy that plays Beast is in it?” No, Wolverine is not in this movie and these mutants do not have super powers.
They do have big, fierce trucks and a guy that plays heavy metal guitar. Strapping Max to the front of one of these vehicles the mutant army set out to capture Furiosa (Theron) who stole their biggest rig, the War Machine. In the truck she has hidden Joe’s prized possessions, his wives. She plans to lead them safely to the what she calls, “The green land.”
That is the entire plot, sorry for the spoilers. What this movie lacks in story, it tries to make up for in action though, and there is lot of it. Fire spouting guitars, exploding spears, circus performers jumping from truck to truck. However, while most of the movie is balls to the wall adrenaline and testosterone driven, there is a long lull in the middle that almost made me fall asleep. Not that the acting in the scenes are bad or anything, but when you watch an hour of action and then suddenly there isn’t any, it’s time for a nap.
All in all, I do say, “See it” because "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a fun, summer, blockbuster that deserves to be seen big, and maybe even in 3D. While this movie was not shot in 3D, like many other flicks, it is showing in three dimensions. I did see it in 3D and the post conversion was not that bad. It doesn’t add much but at least, like so many, it doesn’t hurt it. If you like things to reach out of the screen when you have the glasses on, then there isn’t much. A couple explosions but that is about it.