Well we got to see Mad Max: Fury Road this past weekend, here's our review for the flick! We'll also archive this in our action reviews section of the site.
Immortan Joe is awesome as the vader-like tyrant who’s worshiped as a god by his followers. Every time he’s on screen or he speaks in his booming voice the movie gets cooler and I’m thankful that we don’t learn anything about him or his back story just like Lord Humungus in The Road Warrior. The mystery of these characters is what makes them great.
As for Tom Hardy as Max he does fine. Max is a little more twitchy and Mad than before though and now he has flashback visions of all the people he’s let down. Tom Hardy’s voice bugged me at times, his accent switching from Brooklyn to Australia to Bane or a guy with a cold at random but whatever, I didn’t spend the whole movie wishing he was Mel Gibson and I can’t think of anyone else I would have preferred to take on the role.
Anyway In Fury Road Max himself isn’t the main focus, sharing the stage (or even playing second fiddle to) Furiosa, the metal-armed bigrig driving brawler who will likely join the ranks of the greatest female action characters alongside Ripley. I like that she spends the entire movie covered in mud, blood and grease and comes close to bashing Max’s head in with a monkey wrench when they first meet in a great fight scene.
I’d say that the war rig Max and Furiosa spend most of the movie in almost feels like a character itself too. Not just anyone can drive this thing, it has hidden compartments, concealed weapons, a secret ignition sequence, and problem prone engines that make it not just some truck but something like the millennium falcon of the wastelands.
More than the endless action Fury Road has lots of little moments that add up to make it more memorable. My favorite being when Immortan Joe “blesses” one of his crazy cult followers by spraying him in the face with a can of chrome paint and promising him a place in Valhalla. Of course the guy fails the task given to him immediately and Immortan Joe shakes his head in disgust while speeding off in his monster death-truck.
Overall I give Fury Road 9.5/10. My only complaint is that the pacing kind of ruins the buildup to the final battle. Otherwise it’s two hours of twisting steel, roaring engines, thick black smoke and scorching flames. People are shot, crushed, beaten, burnt, maimed and sent flying in all kinds of creative ways. This is a movie that manages to give vehicles R rated deaths.
* The movie was in development as early as 2001 but was delayed many times until finally being filmed in 2012
* Director George Miller claimed that 90% of the effects in the movie are practical
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