By Reece Cargan.
You don’t need to have seen either of the previous 3 Mad Max films to appreciate this full throttle thrill ride – it’s a beast. Fury Road is George Miller’s belated 4th instalment of his ‘Mad Max’ franchise. The film’s been in post production – for over a year and was released on 14 May, including an (out of competition) screening at Cannes.
This is the first Mad Max without Mad Mel (Gibson) though the plot is pretty similar – survivors, doing whatever they can to stay alive. The ‘mad’ still referring to the fact that Max is still haunted by the death of his wife and child. With flashbacks coming at the worst times!
The film focuses on a warp speed chase through the harsh, arid and dangerous wasteland. Max (Tom Hardy) is attempting to escape the War Boys. Eventually teaming up with alpha female Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron, who is trying her damnedest to lead Immortan’s slave wives to freedom and to her memories of a ‘green land’.
It’s all about the chase, bout that chase – no standstill.
Fast AND Furious
I was literally on the edge of my seat at times – the stunts relied on a little CGI but there were a lot of old school stunts. The tracking camera flies out of the screen AT you.The stunts happen in the physical world, almost realistic for this genre of film. Visceral, violent and intense. Everything that was great about the first three films – the insane stunts, stripped down story are still relevant here and treated with the same energy and excitement.
Tom Hardy successfully takes over from Mel and Fury Road lives up to and beyond the first 3 films. So exciting and exhilarating – I am completely exhausted and drained. This is what the Fast and the Furious wishes it could be – it IS fast, it is Furious and it is fucking ace!
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