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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Review: Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

“Remember me?” -Furiosa

Get ready to get shocked, slapped and whipped around (and no, I’m not talking Fifty Shades of Grey here) in director George Miller’s Mad Max reboot. This is a film for people who adore action movies and for those who hate action movies, if you fall into the latter, this film will likely turn your opinion around.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, we are introduced to Max (Tom Hardy), an apocalypse survivor who is doing everything he can to stay alive in the desert. But when Immortan Joe’s (Hugh Keays-Byrne) war boys capture him and take him back to their land, he becomes a “blood bag” to one of the war boys named Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Immortan Joe keeps water from his people, dehydrating them to death and worst of all imprisons his five wives (Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Riley Keough,
Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton and Abbey Lee).

Joe’s right hand comes in the form of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman who has a bionic arm and drives the war vehicle to bring back gas and other necessities for Joe and his crew. But when Furiosa tricks Joe and aids the escape of his five wives, a war begins in the desert.

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Director George Miller comes back to full action movie form with Mad Max: Fury Road. One would never guess that the creator and director of the original Mad Max films from the 70s and 80s starring Mel Gibson also directed 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City and the animated Happy Feet films. Talk about versatility. Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is nearly all action sequences pieced together by bits of dialogue to move the story forward. The brilliance of his screenplay is that he keeps the backstory to a minimum, letting the viewers decide for themselves how these people survived the apocalypse. He focuses on the story at hand and gives the reigns to Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron to tell the story.

Tom Hardy’s Max is a man of few words but has a strong will to survive and eventually develops a compass to help bring down Immortan Joe. It’s amazing what Hardy can do with only his eyes. Hidden behind an iron mask for the first part of the film, Hardy is exceptional in telling us the story through his eyes and inner monologue, which includes fast-paced dream sequences with who we can assume, was his family in his past life.

There is not a better actress in this world that could have played the crucial and starring role of Imperator Furiosa than Charlize Theron. Theron steals every scene she is in and it’s clear that Miller and the camera love her for it. Though she and Hardy have very few scenes of dialogue, when they do say something to each other it’s of importance and has emotional depth. Theron uses her eyes and body language to create the most interesting and badass character in the film. The story is definitely told through Max’s perspective and Hardy is great in it, but he knows when to pass along the spotlight to Theron. Can we please have a sequel titled Furiosa: Queen of the Land?!

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Because the action is constant and quick, another leading component of the film is the incredible score by Junkie XL (2014’s Divergent). There are different parts of the score to highlight our heroes and our villains. It’s recommended to see this film on the biggest and loudest theatre you can find but make sure to avoid the 3D and see the film in 2D since the 3D conversion is completely unnecessary.

Mad Max: Fury Road is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in an action movie, sci-fi movie or even a horror film, it’s heart-pounding excitement with car chases and fight sequences using almost all practical effects. Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult undoubtedly give some of the best performances of their career, but it’s Charlize Theron who steals the spotlight and makes the film hers.

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