Mad Max: Fury Road
Acting
Directing
Cinematography
Sound
Timeless
  • Kick-ass ride through a perfectly designed wasteland
  • Awesome soundtrack which will stay remembered for some time
  • Turns a “male” action film into a female action show
  • Has one minor low in the middle (but probably to give the audience the chance to breathe)
4.6Overall Score

I literally just got out of the theater and I feel like I have been on one of these amazing rides in the Universal Studios – which I honestly don’t remember any more since it is so long ago but still that is how I feel. Quite frankly, I never was into the Mad Max trilogy when I was younger – partly because I am not big into apocalyptic movies and partly since I was probably too young to appreciate them at the time. Thus when I heard about the reboot coming to theaters this year, my initial thought was “Hmmk, not really sure if I care.”. The trailer and the interest of a particular friend of mine sparked my curiosity. And since I have been on good movie withdrawal since my Oscar marathon, I was like what-the-heck. Well, this was a long intro for a movie review (but I wanted you to know how I felt going in – I felt indifferent however knowing that this film has received amazing reviews on Rottentomatoes.)

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At first glance, this movie reminded of so many good things from the past – at first I felt like I am watching 300 for the first time (completely surprised and fully immersed in the comic’ish feel of the movie). Then at every other scene, my thoughts were “WTF, but that’s actually supercool”. George Miller manages to set the scene perfectly – in this dry and hopeless desert land with its people thirsting for water while preaching to the only man who has access to what they want – greenland and water. And in the midst of all this, there is Max – how did he get here ? Well, we don’t really know but he sure as hell needs to get out of there. As the movie picks up the pace (and it doesn’t take that long), the plot becomes clearer and it is simple as it needs to be for the audience yet very well though-out in coherent in its own way.

But the main message to the audience is: “You are going to be on a kick-ass ride for two hours, so buckle up.” And what I saw then was action entertainment at its best; wild car chases – choreographed to utmost perfection. Cinematography which was second to only few things I have seen in the most recent past. Crazy vehicles, weird characters and some frigging guy who plays a guitar which spits fire and perfectly blends into the score. Speaking of which, the score was so perfect and so fitting to the mood and pace of the movie – it was just awesome. Now aside from the pure architectural building blocks of the movie, the  (actual) main character Charlize Theron was just incredible – a one-armed-boyish-haircut-having-yet-super-hot-and-strong female hero, and then there was Tom Hardy who actually was more of a sidekick and not only because he hardly ever spoke.

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So 30-45 minutes into the movie, the first car chase was over, I felt like the whole theater was taking a breather and thinking: ”Woah, this was intense.” And George Miller was just saying:”Buckle up, suckers, this is just the start.”. And from there on, it was chase after chase and basically not a second to breathe until the finale. And here is probably the only weak point of the film; it had such a big build up with such intensity and looking for that light at the end of the tunnel and then the light ended up being kind unspectacular. Despite having yet another furious chase leading up to that finale, I felt a little unsatisfied how the film actually ended.

If you read this you might think that this sounds like some out-of-the-box action movie à la Fast and the Furious or something average with glossy pictures and numerous fast cuts and explosions directed by Michael Bay. But you are wrong; not only are the set pieces better than anything I have seen in a long time, also the comic elements are really amazing. They have the feel of an extremely fast paced Sin City and/or 300. And as mentioned above, I vividly remember my initial thoughts when I saw the first 300:”Wow, this is something entirely new and damn was I just entertained.”.

So buckle up, and definitely go see this one in theaters. I can assure you this is the best action film released in many years

Info
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  • Running time: 120 min
  • Genre: Action
  • Year: 2015

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