Title: Mad Max: Fury Road
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: “What a Luvly Day!” exclaimed one psychopath, as he went tear-assing around the Namib Desert trying to kill people. I guess as long as you enjoy your work, every day can be a lovely one. Not such a lovely day for Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who was captured and then hung upside down to become a permanent source of blood donations. Word to the wise – be careful who you let know that your blood type makes you a universal donor.
In the middle of this apocalyptic wasteland is a natural rock stronghold that serves as a headquarters for the chief maniac known as Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). This nutjob has obtained power as some kind of warlord in his part of the barren land, and underneath him serve a number of bosses, one being Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Furiosa is ordered to take a large tanker to an out of the way place known as Gastown, where fuel is being refined. But along the way Imperator Furiosa takes the equivalent of the Schlossen Cutoff (tip of the hat to Johnny Carson), and very quickly all hell breaks loose. An armada of vehicles, some resembling the Wacky Racers from cartoons while others looked like survivors from Monster Truck demolition derbies, race after Furiosa’s big rig like greyhounds chasing the rabbit.
What’s up with Imperator Furiosa? She’s got five young women stashed in her rig, and she’s hellbent on getting them to a far off oasis of sanity known as the Green Place. But the only help they have is Max, and a turncoat known as Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Along the way they encounter other violent neighboring tribes such as the Buzzards in their porcupine vehicles, and the Rock Riders on motorcycles.
In this film, it is not about the destination; it’s all about the journey. For you action fans you are given a two hour thrill ride of action sequences that will satisfy even the most hard to please adrenaline junkies. We’re told most of the stunts are for real with little CGI in the movie, which makes it hard to believe that any of the stunt people could have survived. Plus it’s nice to have two great actors like Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in the lead roles to give the film a little class.
Dialog Nuggets: Max – “It’s hard to tell who is more crazy; me, or the rest of the world.”
Immortan Joe – “Do not become addicted to water! You will resent its absence.”
Nameless Maniac – “She took breeders, prize breeders. And he wants them back!”
Woman – “What are you doing?” Furiosa – “Praying.” Woman – “To who?” Furiosa – “Anyone that’s listening.”