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Mad Max Fury Road

By on May 25, 2015

CFnlxpvWgAAdtxKGeorge Miller returns to the world of Mad Max after such strange family fun such as Happy Feet and Babe: Pig In The City – and it’s a return like no other.

Rather than the usual remake or retelling of the same story – Fury Road goes balls-to-the-wall in a completely relentless new story that doesn’t need any back-story whatsoever. Instead, it’s a standalone film that plays out like one huge incredible action scene that still manages to add drama, personality and character without ever letting you get bored. It’s very rare that the vehicles ever stop and Tom Hardy, as Mad Max, utters about five sentences throughout the whole film – so you’d think on paper it might be a catastrophic mess but instead it’s a well crafted, incredibly well-choreographed and imaginative film that pummels any other remake that’s ever been made.

In terms of story, Max is a troubled man haunted by his past but lives for one thing – survival. Through a series of events, he finds himself helping out Charlize Theron’s Furiosa as she helps a warlord’s ‘wives’ escape their captivity and find a new home. However, there’s a little matter of the warlord (played by the evil guy in the first Mad Max) and his armies trying to recapture them – as well as whatever else lays ahead of them on the Fury Road.

If you’re like me, and you feel Mad Max 2 was your favourite in the series, then this will be right up your street. It’s a western in the sense of a ‘man with no name’ coming into a story that’s already happening – a history you don’t need to know but you can see scattered throughout the frame and within what people say. You don’t need context as the audience are treated as intelligent enough to figure out what’s going on without exposition every few seconds.

The design, the characters, the make-up – everything is incredible. The setting might be bleak, but the frames are full of colour and what people wear, their vehicles and everything else, provide an incredible texture and palette that gives a visual aesthetic to the film that’s very pleasing to the eye. In terms of the effects, Miller wanted it as real as possible and it shows – it adds that real sense of danger by keeping the CG to a complete minimum.

Overall, Fury Road feels like a film that cult 80s cinema was famous for – people taking chances and willing to show something audiences may not have ever seen before. It’s a real breath of fresh air in a stagnant age of cinema that people will look upon in the future with much disdain. Huge bloated budgets that need to make a certain return don’t apply here – Mad Max is George Miller’s vision that isn’t afraid to do something different, and do it well.

Go see it now!

Rating: 9/10

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