The movie has a premise that is pretty basic and easy to follow. In a post-apocalyptic world, Max (Tom Hardy) needs to help Imperator Furiosa (Chalize Theron) escort a group of women (or ‘breeders’) to a safe place to escape from the villainous hands of the evil Immortan Joe. In simple terms this movie is an action oriented version of Children of Men (did anybody else notice that).
Directed by George Miller, the creator of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max Fury Road is the fourth installment (don’t worry, you don’t have to see the previous films to understand this) in the Mad Max franchise that started all the way back in 1979.
The movie’s simple plot actually works to its advantage, because it allows the film to focus on the other aspects such as the characters and world building, both of which are incredible. This movie is a 2 hour chase that is breathtaking in every sense of the word. It is a pure visceral, adrenaline fueled chase one after another that never lets you let go. That’s the pure genius of the film making here, in all its action, there is so much going on. People are swinging over poles, driving V8 engines, playing drums, a guy plays an electric guitar that shoots flames and all of it keeps your attention to a point that it never lets you take your eye off the screen even for a second. There never comes to a point where your tired of it. The stunt work is incredible as well. Honestly, some of them were so good, I forgot I was supposed to breathe.
However, good action can only come when you have characters worth caring for. Thankfully, they work in this film. Tom Hardy’s Max is a character that really symbolizes a lone wolf searching for a reason to survive and looking for someone to trust, and Tom Hardy’s portrayal is great. Although I will admit, I still prefer Mel Gibson’s portrayal as he did bring a lot more expressions to the role. Nicholas Hoult is suitably crazy and surprisingly human as Nux. But the show stealer truly is Charlize Theron as Furiosa who is the film’s true heart and the character that I cared for the most. The dynamic between Max and Furiosa was dynamite and they play off of each other very well. The wives are all great as well, as they are tough but vulnerable and caring at the same time rather than being damsel in distresses, which is not a bad thing at all.
With all that said the real star of the film is director and co-writer George Miller, who is currently 70 years old and managed to make an action film that knocks out every other action film in modern times out of the water. He does so by relying on practical stunts and effects, real sets that are beautiful to look at and minimal use of CGI to tell his story. It really elevates this film from being just another action movie. He manages to make everything coherent and understandable in such a way that you are never lost in the map that he himself is trying to guide you in. I guess the trailers weren't lying when they called him a mastermind.
With so much to say and so little to write, Mad Max Fury Road is simply one of the best action films I have ever seen and my second favorite film of the year so far. I cannot resist giving this movie a near-perfect rating because it is truly worth it. What a lovely day indeed. I am going to give Mad Max Fury Road an 9.5/10