By Rachel Molina | Staff Writer |
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, water, food and oil have become scarce in the vast land of the Australian desert.
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” is a non-stop action and stunningly visual movie where we are introduced to the new “road warrior,” Max Rockatansky.
This film is directed by George Miller, who directed all of the original “Mad Max” films (1979,1981,1985), which starred Mel Gibson.
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) takes the lead as the new “Mad Max,” a man of few words who is wild, relentless and a self-proclaimed loner that has lost his entire family.
After he is chased and captured by the pale-skinned War Boys in the first action packed sequence, he serves as a blood donor for them.
The War Boys are dedicated followers of the masked Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Bryne) who has brainwashed them into thinking they live “half-lives.”
Joe’s first appearance in the film is a good introduction to his character and lets the audience know what type of man Max is dealing with.
Covered in numerous boils, a transparent breastplate is placed upon his chest as he breathes through a mask where only his eyes are visible.
The film proceeds to a couple of days later when Joe’s lieutenant, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is set to go out on a routine run for supplies in an armoured war rig.
While being escorted by some of the War Boys in other vehicles, Furiosa heads off course into the wasteland.
The suspense of why she did this grows and it’s soon discovered by Joe that she has fled off with his five prized breeders.
From there, Joe embarks on a two-hour chase accompanied by his War Boys.
Max resurfaces on the chase, chained to the front of a war car as blood line for Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who wants nothing more than for Joe to notice him.
Eventually, Max joins Furiosa on her escape and together lead Joe on an action packed chase with mind blowing action and visual appeal that keeps your eyes locked on the screen.
The cinematography in the film was made to be as colorful as possible to differentiate this film from the others, which Miller wanted.
“I liked that it was almost a work of art,” said student Wyatt McVeigh.
“The film managed to pace itself and you never really get bored of the action. I also liked how the story stayed true to the original ‘Mad Max’ films,” McVeigh added.
The effects of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) were hardly used, which was a nice change of pace for an action movie and I believe it enhanced the appeal.
While watching the film, I noticed that there wasn’t much dialogue; this made the story more compelling.
Even though this movie should have revolved around the character of Max, it was Furiosa’s character who stole the show.
Feminism definitely played a big part in this film by showing women who know how to kick ass.
Overall this movie was filmed well, had a good story and was a joy to look at.
“Mad Max” was a film I didn’t anticipate on liking, but proved worthy of receiving a 4.5 out of 5 paws.