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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Details: 120 mins · English

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WHAT A LOVELY DAY

It's rare that a director can go back to a 30-year-old well and dredge out something wonderful. George Miller pulled it off. Mad Max: Fury Road grabs you by the face, chains you to the back of a 22-wheeled death machine and drags you through a symphony of dirt, fire, blood, grease, spit, bullets, and mayhem for two solid hours.

Tom Hardy fills Mel Gibson's shoes more than admirably; the real treat of a performance here, though, is Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa; she is fearless, badass, physical, and feminine all at once, and is really the heart of the film.

What satisfied me the most, upon thinking about it, is George Miller's utter competence. This is the kind of movie that, 15 years ago, some studio suit would give to Rob Zombie because he's so "edgy" and "raw." There would have been lots of gory torture and rape scenes so Rob could go "SEE?! It's gritty! It's hardcore! See? See?!" George Miller has nothing to prove. This movie is actually low on blood, guts, and any sexu...(more)

It's rare that a director can go back to a 30-year-old well and dredge out something wonderful. George Miller pulled it off. Mad Max: Fury Road grabs you by the face, chains you to the back of a 22-wheeled death machine and drags you through a symphony of dirt, fire, blood, grease, spit, bullets, and mayhem for two solid hours.

Tom Hardy fills Mel Gibson's shoes more than admirably; the real treat of a performance here, though, is Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa; she is fearless, badass, physical, and feminine all at once, and is really the heart of the film.

What satisfied me the most, upon thinking about it, is George Miller's utter competence. This is the kind of movie that, 15 years ago, some studio suit would give to Rob Zombie because he's so "edgy" and "raw." There would have been lots of gory torture and rape scenes so Rob could go "SEE?! It's gritty! It's hardcore! See? See?!" George Miller has nothing to prove. This movie is actually low on blood, guts, and any sexual violence; yet it is so visceral and gritty at the same time, you see the touch of the master's hand at work.

You will not regret letting this movie take you for a ride. It's bonkers crazy awesome fun. (less)

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I always preferred the Mad Max films which had a little more to them. While critical consensus has it that The Road Warrior is the best of the series because it's pure and streamlined and relentless, I enjoyed Beyond Thunderdome more because it showed us a wider world, and it had an actual plot.
Fury Road has the best of both worlds: more insane stunts and vehicular mayhem than you could ever want, but also some compelling new characters and a more richly detailed world.
Apart from some portentous and clunky voiceover at the start the only real weakness in the film is Max himself. I've liked Tom Hardy in other films and he's good here at suggesting Max's pain and isolation, but he lacks the "Mad" glint in the eye which made Mel Gibson a star in this role. Charlize Theron completely steals the film from him, managing to both kick ass and break your heart. It's her story, and Max is just along for the ride.

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What a ride

I'm quite surprised at how much I loved this film. I haven't seen the original Mad Max films in many years, but once upon a time I considered them to be somewhat cool. Fury Road manages to rise high above them in pretty much everything (if I remember correctly). It's truly a mad experience. Furiously insane. It's an endless crazy car chase and I usually hate car chases. At every turn, there is a new wonderful, bizarre little detail that makes you want to smile or be appalled or both at the very same time. I'm in complete awe of what George Miller created here.
I loved the starkness and almost surrealistic apocalyptic setting. All that crazy chrome. I loved the way Charlize Theron owned the whole movie. Everyone and everything else pales beside her and the way she manages to portray both strength, hope, desperation, sensitivity and above all the beautiful power of women. To me, both Tom Hardy and Nicolas Hoult are also fantastic in their own private version of insanity .. of sheer bruta...(more)

I'm quite surprised at how much I loved this film. I haven't seen the original Mad Max films in many years, but once upon a time I considered them to be somewhat cool. Fury Road manages to rise high above them in pretty much everything (if I remember correctly). It's truly a mad experience. Furiously insane. It's an endless crazy car chase and I usually hate car chases. At every turn, there is a new wonderful, bizarre little detail that makes you want to smile or be appalled or both at the very same time. I'm in complete awe of what George Miller created here.
I loved the starkness and almost surrealistic apocalyptic setting. All that crazy chrome. I loved the way Charlize Theron owned the whole movie. Everyone and everything else pales beside her and the way she manages to portray both strength, hope, desperation, sensitivity and above all the beautiful power of women. To me, both Tom Hardy and Nicolas Hoult are also fantastic in their own private version of insanity .. of sheer brutality mixed with hesitant tenderness. I loved the way the story invents and plays with cliches and turns everything upside down. It's not about violence or gore or brutality .. very little of that is actually shown .. it just feels like a completely bizarre trip down a very weird dream of which you never know if it's a nightmare or something quite wonderful. A surprisingly intelligent film .. you only need to be open to insanity to appreciate it. (less)

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Plot:

Though determined to wander the post-apocalyptic wasteland alone, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) joins Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a fugitive imperator, and her band who are all trying to escape a savage warlord.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2015-05-15 : United States of America