FILM REVIEW | Mad Max: Fury Road

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne and directed by  George Miller

Sit down, buckle up and clench those chompers, George Miller has pulled it off!

I thought Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be another over-hyped, CGI chunder fest with no real story or backbone. But oh how wrong I was.

Continuing around where the previous Mad Max films left off, Miller has reprised his star character, Max Rockatansky (Hardy), a lone road warrior gone out-of-his-mind mad in a post-apocalyptic world.

The good thing is, you don’t have to see the other films to follow this one. Think of it more as a revamp of the character rather than a continuation, which explains why our boy Mel Gibson was left out.

That’s not to say Miller has veered away from the Aussie undertone of the originals. Our iconic accent constantly fills the ear holes, with Hardy even having a crack; probably explaining why he has fewer lines than a Charlie Chaplain film.

The plot is simple, but not to say bad. Miller wastes little time hitting the road in an epic chase sequence expanding the entire film.

Furiosa (Theron) has abducted the enslaved wives of extreme dictator, Immortan Joe (Byrne), whose over-the-top reaction unleashes hell on Fury Road with his motley army gnashing at the heels of the fleeing women.

Somewhere along the way Max gets tangled up in all the mess, and though he may be mad, he isn’t heartless, aiding the women in their bid to freedom.

With a soundtrack to deafen a Slayerfan, and immersing visuals putting you right in the dust storm, Mad Max: Fury Road “has a steady heartbeat, keeping pace while you claw your seat till the final frame.

Not often does a film surprise me, but this one was certainly a sneaker. I feel it’s time to revisit the originals, though I get the feeling we’ve only just seen the first of a larger series…

Either way, go get ‘em Miller! Doing Australia proud.

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