Mad Max: Fury Road *****


Run Time: 120mins           Cert: 15
In a nuclear-devastated future, the road warrior Max (Hardy) reluctantly helps Furiosa (Theron) escape from Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) and his band of War Boys, along with Joe’s quintet of brides.

After 13 years in production, George Miller at last presents his long awaited sequel to a classic
Along the way the film lost the original Max (Mel Gibson), however he has been replaced. Tom Hardy has taken his place and is evident from the first scenes of the performance that he is trying to emulate Gibson with a gruff American cross Australian accent. Even although he is given very few lines, the performance is driven by the expression in his eyes.
Charlize Theron’s Furiosa has the most screen time and feels like the film is about her struggle and survival. She is the soul and the humanity of the piece 
Joe’s five Wives played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton and Riley Keough not as well developed with each character being labelled as the fighter, the loner, the weirdo, the quiet one and the carer. While Nicholas Hoult’s Warboy Nux is given the most depth going from a wannabe killer to a saviour.
Miller may have lost his original star, but he has brought back the villain from the original. Hugh Keays-Byrne who played Toecutter, now plays Immortan Joe the most terrifying bad guy seen in a quite awhile.
There is not much plot to the film, which is basically a two hour chase movie which is relentless, as it never stops from the moment it starts to the minute it ends. Over the top car sequences are masterfully expedited by Miller with such choreographed precision. He has come up with a vast array of looks for the many characters which would not look out of place in Terry Gilliam or David Lynch movie. There is no timeline to the previous entries, however it could easy be placed after the events of Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior).
Director George Miller makes a fantastic to form with the most exciting and stunning blockbuster in years. It may be tiring and completely crazy, but it never feels drawn out or dull. This is what the Fast & Furious franchise should have been.
Reviewed by Paul Logan

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