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Mad Max: Fury Road - Review

George Miller, one of films greatest minds has returned after what seemed like a lifetime of poorly directed action pictures, and has given us Mad Max: Fury Road, a modern relic, to restore and show how action movies should be directed.

Mad Max: Fury Road is written and directed by George Miller, and follows of the third instalment of the Mad Max series "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome", and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Although this follows on from the said film, newcomers to the mad dystopian universe shan't have to have watched the original trilogy to get to grips with the plot, as it is fairly straight forward, but is done to perfection.

The plot of this movie is incredibly straight forward, a car chase from point A to point B from start to finish. Does it sound unoriginal? Sure. But the way its told and created for us to watch will go down in film history. In spite of the straight forward plot, George Miller also delivers it in an emotional way, primarily for Charlize Theron's character. A story of her finding her people, and has Max caught in the fire storm which is constantly trying to hold her back from doing so. Relating to thesis of the review, George Miller has saved movie goers from what seemed like a modern curse of incredibly weak action direction in current action movies. On multiple occasions I will sit down and watch an action movie, and see nothing but cheap and lazy shaky cam effect on cameras, which almost make the sequence nauseating to watch and almost impossible tell what's going on. But I assure you, there is hardly any shaky cam to be seen in Fury Road. Instead, it relies heavily on practical effects which is a breath of fresh air for movie goers, although with the exception of CGI in various places, this is just one of many reasons why this film is so enthralling to watch.

George Miller knows what he's doing with this movie, big wide shots of spiked cars driving at full speed, each carrying an insane "War Boy" and throwing explosive spears at its enemies. Long takes of explosions and sandstorms, and those iconic zoom in shots of the crazed drivers which we see in the original trilogy. All of these camera movements seemed to have been extinct in modern action pictures, and in my opinion are key to maintaining focus and adrenaline throughout the movie. Vivid colours of oranges and yellows, and bright harsh sun light that seems to punish its inhabitants in the Mad Max world complete the perfect cinematography package.

Performance wise, Charlize Theron's character, "Furiosa" delivers the strongest throughout the movie, with Nicholas Hoult behind her. Tom Hardy had big shoes to fill after replacing Mel Gibson's iconic portrayal of Max, although with a questionable Australian accent, Tom Hardy does so well and gets by, by having very little lines throughout the movie.

Fury Road will have its criticisms however, newcomers to the universe will have to adapt to its insane characters and landscapes. Only in this universe can you have someone playing the electric guitar and firing flames out of its neck, in time with the music throughout the film. Mad Max always has been an acquired taste and has been a totally unique type of action, as well as the stories and how they are told, and may not appeal to all newcomers to the Mad Max universe.

This movie is the greatest 80's movie which never came out. This movie recreates that over the top action adventure nostalgia that you get in some classic 80's blockbusters, through its orthodox style of action. Through the way its shot, the way it looks and the way its acted primarily through a feminist power (Charlize Theron) and to the way the stunts and effects are carried out, create a modern masterpiece of action and is definitely worth watching. George Miller has returned with a strong statement, and we hope to see this re-vamped look on the Mad Max universe as a benchmark for future Mad Max movies.

And after watching this, you wouldn't believe that George Miller wrote and directed both Happy Feet movies.

Rating: A+


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