Mad Max: Fury Road is director George Millers great hurricane of a return to his own franchise creating the most visceral and physical instalment yet. Never before has actual stunt work and CGI blended into such perfect realism.
“As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who was more crazy… me… or everyone else.”
News reports of humanity struggling to remain civil as finite resources are exhausted and water becomes scarce suck us into the film before being dazzled by a deserted post-apocalyptic landscape with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) revealing by voice over just how on the brink of madness he truly is. With thanks to cinematographer John Seale we get a real grasp of the desolation and scope of this world, which is what primarily carries us through the film as this is very much an “actions speak louder than words” kind of story.
After being captured by the tyrannical leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, some may remember as playing Toecutter in the original Mad Max) Max is branded and hung as a literal blood bag for the weakened warrior Nux (Nicholas Hoult). When one of Immortan Joe’s most loyal warriors Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) goes off track from a routine gas run, he sends his entire fleet of War Boys after her like bloodhounds to retrieve special cargo Furiosa has stowed away with her.
The costume design is key to the look of Fury Road, characters who are broken and deformed by the unforgiving world in which they live are brought to life by Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan.
Every frame of Fury Road is a painting filled with a sense of grit and realism with sand covered characters who, for once in a summer blockbuster, are interesting and can be related to in some way. The high-speed vehicle chases that we expect from any action film these days are elevated to a completely new level with incredible stunt work and excellent sound design, which when accompanied by epic and emotional music composed by Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) create a cinematic experience beyond any other.
Mad Max: Fury Road is highly re-watchable on Blu-ray and DVD. Every performance is stellar and the visuals are as weird as they are incredible to look at.