Mad Max: Fury Road
|Mad Max: Fury Road|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George Miller|
|Music by||Junkie XL|
|Edited by||Margaret Sixel|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$120.8 million|
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 Australianpost–apocalypticactionfilm directed, produced, and co-written by George Miller, and the fourth film of Miller’s Mad Max franchise. The first film of the franchise in 30 years,Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, who replaces Mel Gibson in the title role, along with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Keays-Byrne.
The film is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, with Max (Hardy) joining forces with Imperator Furiosa (Theron) to run away from cult leader Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) and his army’s pursuit. The film had its world premiere on 7 May 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. It began wide theatrical release on 14 May 2015, including an out-of-competition screening at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Critics have praised the film for its acting, screenplay, action sequences, stunts, and direction.
Set in the future after a nuclear war, the world is a desert wasteland and civilization has collapsed; many people are sick, others have birth defects, and some need blood transfusions. Max (Tom Hardy), a survivor in Australia, is captured by the War Boys, the army of tyrannical cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Designated a universal blood donor, Max is imprisoned and used as a “blood bag” for the sick War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) drives her heavily-armored War Rig to collect gasoline. Furiosa begins driving off route, alerting Joe who realizes that his Five Wives – women specially selected for breeding – are gone. Joe leads his entire War Boy army in pursuit of Furiosa, calling on the aid of nearby Gas Town and the Bullet Farm.
Nux joins the army with Max strapped to the hood of his car, to continue supplying blood. A battle ensues between the Rig and Joe’s forces. Furiosa drives into an approaching sand storm evading her pursuers, except Nux, who attempts to sacrifice himself to destroy the Rig; Max escapes and restrains Nux, but the car is destroyed by the Rig. Waking up after the storm, Max sees Furiosa nearby repairing her Rig, accompanied by the Wives: Splendid, Capable, Cheedo, Toast, and the Dag. Max steals the Rig, but its kill-switch disables the truck. Max reluctantly agrees to let Furiosa and the Wives accompany him, while Nux returns to Joe.
Furiosa drives through Biker gang territory into a narrow canyon, having agreed to exchange gasoline for passage. However, Joe’s forces are close behind, and Furiosa flees while the Bikers detonate the canyon walls to block Joe’s path. Max and Furiosa fend off the pursuing Bikers but Joe’s vehicle evades the blockade and assaults the Rig. Nux boards the Rig while Joe attempts to shoot Furiosa. Splendid, Joe’s heavily pregnant wife, shields Furiosa, but falls from the Rig and is run over by Joe’s car, killing her and his child. Furiosa explains to Max that they are escaping to the “Green Place”, a location she remembers from her youth. Capable finds Nux hiding aboard the Rig, distraught that he contributed to the death of Joe’s wife; she consoles him. At night, the heavy Rig gets caught in deep mud. Furiosa and Max slow Joe’s forces with explosives, but Joe’s ally, the Bullet Farmer, pursues the Rig. Nux helps free the Rig while Furiosa shoots and blinds the Bullet Farmer. He retaliates with machine gun fire and explosives. Max wanders into the dark to confront the Bullet Farmer, returning to the Rig with guns and ammunition.
As dawn breaks, the Rig travels through swampland and desert, eventually coming across a naked woman. Max identifies it as a trap, but Furiosa leaves the Rig and states her former clan affiliation. The woman summons her group who realize that Furiosa is a member of their clan, kidnapped with her mother when she was a child. Furiosa is distraught to learn that the swamp land they passed was the Green Place, which is now uninhabitable. The group agree to ride motorbikes across the immense salt flats in the hope of finding somewhere to live. Max chooses to stay behind, but after seeing visions of his dead daughter, he convinces them to return to the Citadel, which has ample water and greenery that Joe keeps for himself, and trap Joe and his army in the Bikers’ canyon.
This is a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish, loosely based on the previous Mel Gibson cult hit. The new actors, new effects, and new character depth add to the film. This is was exactly what I expected, only better! – MR
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