In 1979 George Miller directed his first edition in what was a trilogy of movies that took the post-apocalyptic genre by storm. Kickstarting the career of star turned shunned celebrity Mel Gibson into an action star Mad Max took place at the beginning of the worlds downfall as Max Rockatansky slowly starts to go mad after his family is murdered in the dying outback of Australia. Mad Max: Fury Road which is the first film in the reboot of the series takes off from this place as Max portrayed by Tom Hardy fights to survive in the desolate wasteland of Australia. Max is captured by Immortan Joe’s (Hugh Keays-Byrne) War Boys. The War Boys are Joe’s followers indoctrinated with the idea that dying while defending their citadel will gain them entrance to Valhalla. At the citadel Max becomes a universal donor blood bag for a War Boy named Nux (Nicholas Hoult), more about that later.
It’s important to understand Flossers, I’m not usually the action film or gory death scene kind of a girl but this movie is something entirely different. Mad Max: Fury Road is much more focused on the world it has created than re-introducing characters. Max is someone we should have already known before getting into this movie (it can be argued that you don’t need to see any of the original movies in order to understand this one). This film is filled with interesting and intense characters like Imperator Furiosa played by the ever gorgeous Charlize Theron, Furiosa is a one armed bad-ass who drives Immortan Joe’s War Rig across the desert sands with her team to do trades with Bullet Farm and Gas Town. On what seems like a routine mission of trading water with neighboring Gas Town, Furiosa makes her break to escape from Joe and head back to her home, and she brought souvenirs with her. Like any good crazy war lord Immortan Joe has breeding wives that he keeps locked up and away who are now escaping with Furiosa to the “green place,” a location she remembers from childhood before she was kidnapped by the War Boys.
This is just the beginning of the insanity as Joe takes his whole army to steal back his wives and kill Furiosa for treason, which is where we get brought back to Nux and his blood bag a.k.a. Mad Max who gets strapped to the grill like a hood ornament and driven into battle. Now this is where my summary stops y’all, the rest of the story you will HAVE TO SEE! Yes that is how good and epic this movie becomes. From car chases to sound design to cinematography I was blown away by how amazing this movie was.
Miller is definitely doing something right with that large of a budget and he definitely put it to use in this movie from acrobats to BMX riders to prosthetics and the sounds of sand. I don’t think there was a single person in that theater who was not impressed by the grandeur of the film. What I think you will be surprised about is that Max is actually much more of a minor character in this film and Furiosa is the star, and I don’t think anyone could be upset with that.
If you are looking for the film to weigh out the deal between you and your significant other to go see Pitch Perfect 2 this might be it. Be prepared there is blood but not so much that you see red for days. I do suggest to see the movie in a quality theater over some cheap place as sound quality for this movie is of high importance. To sum this movie in one word, or at least the one word that was heard floating through the theater during and after the movie is definitely: INTENSE.