Fantastically crazy, with jaw dropping stunts, cinematography and music Mad Max: Fury Road is the post-apocalyptic film of the year. George Miller returns to direct the fourth Mad Max film, with Tom Hardy taking over from Mel Gibson as the titular character Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron portraying what could arguably be the lead role of Imperator Furiosa.
The film opens with a wild and stunning car chase where Max is captured and taken to the Citadel – a canyon city ruled by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne who portrayed main bad guy Toecutter in the first Mad Max). Max then becomes a blood donor to Nux (Nicholas Hoult), one of the crazy warriors loyal to Joe collectively named the War Boys who frequently spout off phrases in a cult-like nature. However when the War Boys chase after a treasonous Furiosa, Max escapes and forms an alliance out of need with the bad-ass Furiosa and the brides of Joe she has rescued.
These brides are something extra special for an action film like this – as are all the women portrayed in this film. Furiosa is a beautiful, hardened, one armed woman driving a war rig on a dangerous mission for redemption, who has excellent marksmanship to top it off. The five girl brides have supermodel looks with strength to survive and resilient to the hardships of their near suicidal road trip. Then they come across The Many Mothers who fight fiercely yet have among them a bag containing seeds to start life anew in a better place. This mix of heart and determination to survive from such strong female characters makes Fury Road a feminist action movie.
As well as this is some stunning visuals. Miller has used practical effects and stunts in as many places as possible – which is easy to see and makes the film even better. The additional VFX simply builds the scope of the film to a higher level of awesome. The use of an actual desert in Namibia for location shooting already provides the foundation for what is an aesthetically gorgeous action movie. Then with the powerful music filled with screeching guitars, thundering drumming matches the tension of the action, Fury Road is a phenomenal piece of cinema.