Mad Max: Fury Road becomes a race for life, redemption and hope. Shot in the barren desert of Namibia, the fight for life becomes an adrenaline charged chess match that in making the wrong move will cost you your life. No summary can do the action justice, except to say to is a new visual standard that needs to be experienced. Miller, realizing that fans crave more of what he gave them in “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior,” reimagines many of the same elements, but with far more vitality.
Max lives an existence of sheer survival. As a former police officer and family man, he is now a tortured shell of the man of justice he used to be and merely wants to survive. After being captured by the leading cult forces of this futuristic wasteland, he finds himself in the middle of a pursuit of Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and the wives of the masked Immortan Joe (Hugh Keyes-Byrne). Max becomes the pivotal force to assist in Furiosa’s escape and redemption.
Huge fan of the original trilogy, this film manages to respect the old style, but pumps up the adrenaline and pushes the pedal full throttle into 21st century. What surprised me was the fact that mastermind George Miller, now in his 70’s has managed to direct a film of an incredible modernity while younger directors today are incapable of doing something as fresh or as original as this film. Clearly a modern masterpiece filled with so much depth and visual elements referencing; the stolen generation, the gender issue, themes of slavery, servitude, redemption and human greed.
Hardy here is playing his role with utmost credibility as he is required. His mission transcends past his emotional torments and he’s never pulled himself free from the ghosts of his past. Charlize Theron’s shining portrayal of Furiosa is the literal and figurative driver of the film. She shows strength, has purpose and a sacrificial depth that presses the story beyond a mindless chase scene. They are supported by an excellent supporting cast that moves this experience from a mere adrenaline rush to a story of fighting for your right to live, seeing that sacrifice is part of freedom and ultimately for the hope for redemption.
The technical achievement is beyond anything we see these days because it combines the best of modern technology with good old school cinema. The cinematography from John Seale, who came out of retirement especially for this film, is beyond anything I have ever seen. Shot like a huge chase across the gorgeously photographed Namibian desert, every shot is filled with so much elements, so rich of details. CGI is definitely used as little as possible while stunts and special effects are put forward in this slice of madness. The colors, sounds, costumes design and characters development are amazing and the film turns out to be something completely unique, a savvy mix of action, adventure and visual madness.
I assure you, films like this come only once in a lifetime and I feel blessed to witness the rebirth of the lone ‘Samurai’ and anti hero ‘Mad Max’ Rockatansky. If the film does have a weakness, it would be in the conclusion, the finale has a bit of empty satisfaction.
Despite that, I absolutely loved this movie, intense action from start to finish that made it ridiculously fun to watch. So fasten your seat-belt…it’s going to be a bumpy ride! and a mad one….
Mad Max: Fury Road gets a 9.0/10.