Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Published by Courtney Russell / May 18,2015


"You will arrive at the gates of Valhalla,

shiny and chrome!

Witness me!

Witness!

Witness!"


Through sand, metal and blood, I bore witness to the intensity and chaotic world that is Mad Max: Fury Road. With a run time of 120 mins, I  found myself immersed in a world based on instinct, survival and carnage, it was evident, the world was broken, charred and without remorse and The Mastermind George Miller's vision of a post-apocalyptic world engrosses us and allows us in an experience like none felt since the release of one of his earlier films, Mad Max 2 : The Road Warrior. Though being released 30 years after the last movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, this fourth installment in the franchise has cemented itself as a cinematic masterpiece, both visually and as a story. After leaving the theater I felt myself wanting more, believe it or not I walked out having ,"A lovely Day." In the introduction of the film we hear after a short we hear static accompanied with a narrative echoing the events that have transpired decades precluding the events of this film, we meet Max Rockatansky(Tom Hardy) a lost remnant of an already perished civilization, he is quickly dashed in a chase for survival. At that point we are shown glimpses of that grim that has over-run the planet, minutes later we see Max tagged and locked away in a cage; being used as nothing more than a blood bag for our next and if not one of our most memorable characters Nux who is played by the talented Nicholas Hoult, a war boy who's sole purpose in life like his many brothers is to gain the approval of their surrogate father and idol Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) the villain and main antagonist. This fuels him and many other war boys like him to gather their war vehicles and witness their way into Valhalla. ( Nux: I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!)

Before going any further I also have to make mention to the key protagonist in this film and Fury Roads proposed heroine and gladiator the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). She in my opinion would be the very result if Wonderwoman and the Terminator decided to have a baby, pure aggression driven with un-wavered purpose to rescue the five wives (breeders) held captive by Immortan Joe and transport them to the "Green Place". The film brings all these characters together and molds them into an artwork unrivaled by any other post-apocalyptic action film in the last decade. You may ask yourself, why so much hype?

 I pose this question to you, have you seen Mad Max: Fury Road? If you haven't stop what ever it is that you are doing now and do your adult life some justice and go to your nearest movie theater and watch this film and after you have done that; and witnessed the masterpiece and epic gospel that this film is; go tell your friends, your co-workers, f**k it  get some boxes cut it up and walk around with a sign around your neck and a megaphone in hand preaching to all who have either eyes or ears to go watch this movie. Now that my rant is out of the way, Mad Max Fury Road is a rare film, the whole idea or premise has been tried time and again, but never in this scale or magnitude. I myself was brought back to the feeling of emotion with each death, however  minor the characters were, you could feel everyone's struggle for survival or their cry to be immortalized as their deaths bore witness to fruitful carnage. Tossing feministic or misogynistic views aside we as an audience are able to experience strong leads from both genders and trust me in this review I try hard not to spoil the movie for you as I truly wish for you to experience the beauty that this film is. It's a film that has layers, yet doesn't condo lude or go off point, it steers you in a no holds bard adrenaline rush of visual spectacle and story commingled into one, as the characters not only fight for their lives and freedom, but also to maintain their grip on humanity, we are not things, this film is littered with memorable quotes, an awe inspiring score and the camera work is spectacular. I didn't go to film school but this is how I wish to one day make movies. With all said and done and all bias tossed aside I give Mad Max : Fury road 5 out of 5 stars.