Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

All that is Mad Max Captured for Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road goes something like this.  Max, who is tortured by those who died in his past, must run "from the living and the dead." Max runs afoul of one of the local tribes and is captured.  Max is, through a series of both unfortunate and lucky events, escapes, helps a group of people who are also fleeing the bad tribe.  During the pursuit, Max, aided by a female counterpart and one of the local crazies, finally must turn and fight said tribe, killing most of them, including the truly insane tribal leader.  Having saved all can, he quietly disappears to continue running "from the living and the dead."

Yes, I know that is basically the plot of every Mad Max movie ever made.  I have given nothing away.  The plot is not the reason we go to see the dystopic, post-apocalyptic Road Warrior series. It is also incredibly violent and there are awesome and silly costumes and really cool over-the-top cars.  Mad Max: Fury Road has all that we expect in these movies  in spades.

The iconic role of Max, originally played by Mel Gibson, has been given over to Tom Hardy. Max's group that he must save is led by Furiosa who is a super action hero in her own right and played by Charlize Theron. Aided by the crazy Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult, Max and Furiosa must save a group of supermodels...I mean women from the evil leader of the tribe, Immortan Joe played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. Byrne has the distinction of having played Toecutter the bad guy in the original Mad Max.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a curious kind of movie.  It is disturbing, exciting and the cinematography is stunning.  It must be both a stunt coordinator's dream and nightmare. It is an intense and involving chase. There was none of that cumbersome stuff, like dialog, to get in the way.  Mad Max: Fury Road is, after all, a Road Warrior movie. It is well worth the  time.

I liked it more than I anticipated.  Over-the-top though it is, it is a true action movie.  It is not for kids.  Mad Max: Fury Road is rated "R" for graphic violence and brief nudity.  I liked the 3-D, but I don't think it added that much if you would rather go without the glasses.  So if you are looking for something that is both stunning in its staging and a pretty good action flick, go see Mad Max: Fury Road.