Mad Max: Fury Road
If an earthquake starts to shake your home what’s the first thing to come to your mind? Survival. Should your car break down in the middle of the desert and you have no phone to call for help, what comes as the first instinct? Survival. I may be placing a lot of emphasis on the word survival, but we take for granted how much it takes just to survive. We hear stories of starving children that are teetering on the brink of death, yet they manage to survive for at least another day. What makes us want to survive? Protection.
So what is it we’re protecting? Whoever it is we want more then anything to see the new day. No matter what people of think themselves, no matter how much of an egotistical jerk they are, there will always be someone that their going to put more importance on then their selves. Maybe their a child that might have a better chance then you had or maybe an older persons who holds an important bit of information that’s needed for everyone else’s survival. When a major disaster strikes, we drive ourselves to save everyone. When the world has fallen apart like it has in Mad Max: Fury Road, then everyone else matters more then you.
Max (played by Tom Hardy) is still drifting around the Austrian Outback dessert in the same post apocalyptic wasteland we’ve seen in the previous Mad Max movies. He’s captured by an army of the infamous leader of a thriving city, Immortan Joe (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) where he’s being held as a prisoner and a universal blood donor of one of Joe’s sick henchmen, Nux (played by Nicholas Hoult). Meanwhile, a famous driver named Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) has been assigned to take a large vehicle to collect gas (which is very hard to find in this world).
In the middle of the escorted transportation, Furiosa makes a sharp left into the desert where it’s made clear that she’s going rouge, taking the rig along with the four wives of Joe with her, escaping their slave-like roles. She manages to loose the rest of Joe’s army in a sand storm, all except for Nux who still has Max with him, taking plenty of clean blood from them. Max escapes once they catch up with the Rig and joins Furiosa and the other women to get to safety in a rumored land of green where there is hope for the future of humanity.
It has been thirty years since the last Mad Max movie and I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I wasn’t sure if people were still hungry for the road warrior. Not only does director George Miller prove he still loves this character, but has pulled off one of the greatest action movies off all time. Watching Mad Max: Fury Road is like watching one continuous car chase that runs through out the majority of the movie. You would think that would become boring after a while, but Miller kept it’s focus not on the action (though it’s great!), but on it’s characters.
Tom Hardy does well as Max, still making him likable even though he doesn’t have much dialogue in the film, but he does not need it. The real stars here are Charlize Theron and the rest of the women. It’s not just their characters personalities, but how much they play a part in the story, always helping out and working together to flee away from the mad men. You could say that Mad Max: Fury Road may be one of the most feminist movies ever made (yet the guys still work on an equal level).
I’ll give this five Mad Max vehicles out of five. Get ready to ride into Hell as we watch interesting characters drive through an interesting world. The characters are great, the story is great, the design is great, the car stunts are great. It is truly a lovely day indeed!