The future belongs to the mad.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 dystopian action film directed by George Miller, written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris, produced by Village Roadshaw Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and distributed by Roadshow Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It was nominated for and won Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing, while also being nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. This is the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise. It was preceded by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and will be followed by Furiosa and Mad Max: The Wasteland.
"Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!" - Nux
Years after the destruction of Earth, the tyrannical Immortan Joe is ruler of the desolate Wasteland. When Imperator Furiosa smuggles Immortan Joe's wives out of the capital Citadel, former police officer and scavenger Max Rockatansky is sucked into a high-speed chase across the Wasteland to help Furiosa and the wives escape the clutches of Immortan Joe.
My Favorite Part of Mad Max: Fury Road
Fury Road is one of the coolest and most unique action movies I have ever seen. I absolutely adored the direction of George Miller in this movie. It's so lively. The color scheme and cinematography is absolutely fantastic. This movie uses almost entirely practical effects, which makes it feel incredibly authentic. The film is essentially one long chase scene, but it has absolutely stunning color and fun, adrenaline-filled action that just makes it so much fun.
My Least Favorite Part of Mad Max: Fury Road
I do think this movie's action sequences sometimes drag on for a bit too long. I love action, but twenty minute action sequences can just eventually feel like noise. That's part of the reason I didn't like John Wick: Chapter 4, because it was just filled with action and nothing else. That's not what Fury Road is at all, but sometimes, I just tune out after a while because the action goes on for a bit too long. I also thought Max's character was a little underwhelming. Not enough to make this that big of a negative, but it was just something I wanted to point out.
Why Mad Max: Fury Road Is Great
This movie feels like the antithesis of what most action movies are nowadays. A lot of these modern blockbusters are CGI-filled messes that just feel like a product of corporate filmmaking. Mad Max: Fury Road has incredible amounts of dedication, love, and care put into it. It feels like a director executing his vision for an awesome, thrilling action film that I had a great time with.
Final Thoughts and Score
Mad Max: Fury Road is a perfect example of what I wish more modern movies were. It's so fun and so unique. I had a blast with it. It's about as close I to a Sweet as it can be without being one.
I will go Savory here. Age range is 11+.
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"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Fun Factor: 8.5/10
Directed by George Miller
Rated R for moderate bloody violence, language, frightening themes and images, thematic elements
Released on May 15, 2015
Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe
Nicholas Hoult as Nux
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad
Zoë Kravitz as Toast the Knowing
Riley Keough as Capable
Abbey Lee as The Dag
Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile
John Howard as The People Eater
Richard Carter as The Bullet Farmer