MAD MAX: FURY ROAD [2015]

Directed by George Miller, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

I was left speechless when this finished. It can be hard to describe, as it truly grabs you by the balls within the first five minutes, it twists ’em, and it doesn’t let go til the very end. But hey, I’ll try to say something more appropriate.

Max Max: Fury Road is two hours of sheer madness that isn’t sullied by bad acting or laughable lines. A blockbuster that is gritty and doesn’t have a sense of humour that could be equated to a fluffy kitten. No ‘lets all hug’ sentimental bullshit. This is honestly a movie I thought I’d never see: a CGI-filled blockbuster that I flat out loved. The stunts are so much fun, the FX so great, it is the first movie I have seen where I have thoroughly enjoyed all this type of stuff – probably because the cinematography for once doesn’t suffer cos of it. It is all incredibly shot. But also because of the dark tone that hangs over the whole thing.

And it is more than just the action too, the film says so much without actually saying it. Politics, child labour, religious devotion, equal gender rights, insanity, there is so much to take from this movie after experiencing the insanely fun and bloody action. There is a lot here under the grimey layer of sheer awesomeness, but in a way that it is just kinda there, take it or leave it. The story is pretty decent for a blockbuster film too, much better than all these YA adaptions especially, which helps.

But really, fuck all that, this is all about the action, which is insanely brutal and appropriately high-octane. I thought to myself more than once, ‘I think I am loving this more than Terminator 2’ but other than that, there wasn’t time to think. It kicked off fast and barely stopped, and the lulls were amplified by the insanity preceding them. This is also a dark, gritty film, which made it even better. Did I say that already?

I don’t think I have ever heard an American actor do an Aussie accent close to well, was Hardy actually trying for that? Either way, he didn’t talk much so it didn’t really matter. This is more Theron’s movie than Hardy’s, he doesn’t say much and does next to nothing for the first third or so. Theron’s character is more of the hero of the story, if there were to be one in such a dark and grisly world. Her and Hardy are great on screen together. Nick Hoult is fuckin’ great too. I don’t even like this type of movie but goddamn, the execution is everything. This film lived up to the hype, and then some. I’m gonna go see this again, soon.

Not much more can be said.

4.5/5

72 Comments on “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD [2015]

  1. My brother – I didn’t read this yet because I’m going to see it tomorrow and want to go in as blind as possible because I’M SO FUCKING EXCITED!

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  2. Okay, I think I may have to see this, after all. I was planning to avoid b/c I figured it’d be lame like The Avengers sequel, but think I will give it a shot.

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      • Yeah, just got back from this one a little while ago. Was much better than Avengers! I didn’t walk out. lol. This was a fun action movie. I liked the visuals a lot; the location, wardrobe/costumes and make-up. I thought Hardy and Theron were excellent, as well. It had a pretty good score, too. Good recommendation! πŸ™‚

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      • Very unlike a big popular movie, I mean some if it is insanely brutal. Makes the superhero stuff look all shiny and pathetic in comparison

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    • Yeah, he is great, probably the best actually, but in a supporting role.

      And he was the last ever guest on top gear πŸ˜‰ at least i think he was!

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      • Top Gear!!! Sob, sob, sob! Haha πŸ™‚

        Nicholas Hoult is just wonderful, it’s music to my ears hearing how great he was in this!

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      • Yeah he was awesome, i hadn’t actually even heard of him til I saw him on Top Gear to be honest.

        I’m really gonna miss Top Gear. 😦

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      • What really grinds my gears (and makes me laugh) is the fact the BBC are still showing re-runs of Top Gear! They refuse to show new episodes but are happy to rinse the old repeats. Hypocrites πŸ™‚

        APPARENTLY the threesome (Clarkson, Hammond and May) might be doing a new car show together, on Netflix!

        Watch this space!

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      • Hahahaha really? Jesus what was the point in firing him? They have wanted him out for yeeeears, and now that they have, they are still showing reruns?

        Actually that makes perfect business sense now that I think about it. They got rid of Clarkson but can still profit from airing old eps. The pricks.

        I hope they do put together a new show!! The chemistry those three had on-screen was so goddamn funny I never cared what was staged/fake and what wasn’t!

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      • Yeah you’re right! The BBC are so shameless!!!!!!! I saw it being repeated the same week they ‘dismantled the studio’ haha. Ridiculous.

        I hope they do a new show too, and then stick two fingers up to the Beeb! Lol πŸ™‚

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      • haha! Me too. All businesses are shameless, and the BBC is a business. Like almost everything else. I hate capitalism honestly but…. what is the alternative? Communism? There is nothing we can do about it really =/

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  3. Tom Hardy is actually British, if that is who you are referring to who tries an Aussie accent.

    Dude — I am green with envy that you have seen this already. Goddamn time zones and such. This movie has really become an event. I didn’t think this would be such a big deal but now it seems, with everything EVERYONE is saying. . . that the bar has been set for Jurassic World to clear later on this summer. Great stuff man, I loved how you kept this brief so as to not reveal too much.

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    • Yeah spoilers suck man, I always avoid them where I can.

      Re- Tom Hardy – no shit, he is British? That should have made it easier, when people try Aussie accents they usually sound british. Tom Wilkinson did the best Aussie accent I have ever heard in the Aussie movie Felony. I don’t know what Hardy was trying for but he sounded more American than British! Bizarre

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      • He sounded like he was ripping off his own Bane! Haha damming this movie is incredibly overrated. Saw it tonight and I tired pretty quick of all the action. That’s all this thing has going for it.

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      • Man it felt like an hour long to me. Each superhero movie I have tried to watch has been so shiny and viewer-friendly… this is like the direct opposite of that, probably the main reason I loved it. These sorta movies never grab me, but this one did, relentlessly! πŸ˜€

        And don’t tell anyone, I haven’t actually seen the originals so I had that in my favour I think, no expectations.

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  4. As an old school Mad Max fan I was sceptical about Fury Road, but after reading your review: color me excited!

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    • I haven’t seen the originals, yes I am that sheltered. I live under a rather large rock. But watching the brutal insanity of this movie, I don’t really feel like I need to watch them, as blasphemous as that may be

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  5. I haven’t seen this one yet as I’ve been on vacation but wow, I didn’t expect such glorious reviews! I’m just about to post my pal Ted’s review and he’s in agreement w/ you Jordan!

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    • The thing is I never like these blockbuster movies. I went on a total impulse, I’d seen no trailers, and the thing was just crazy! I really didn’t expect to like it much at all, much less have the reaction I did! πŸ˜€

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      • Hahaha, I don’t think I’ll ever watch it. Can’t see the point. I only watched the first one a few months ago and was thoroughly underwhelmed.

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  6. This movie is sure getting a hugely popular response that makes me want to see it more and more. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get my peachy ass to see it.

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  7. Just saw this yesterday and wow! I was totally exhausted by the end – my eyes and my ears actually hurt but it was worth it. It’s great to see Miller completely rip up the rule book with this one. Completely mad but what a ride!

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    • hells yeah!!! I see it as an anti-hollywood film… even though its a ‘blockbuster’ movie, like you said it ignores all the rules and norms for those sorta movies. Lets make a chick pregnant, then have her run over in bloody fashion! Bring it on!

      I swear this movie was three giant action sequences with two tiny lulls in between all the madness. Though after hearing some other comments, I think I should see the originals. Even my dad is giving me shit for not having seen them haha!

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  8. This sounds fantastic! I was a bit sceptical about it before, it didn’t really seem like my type of film, but this review made me want to see it! There’s clearly a lot more to it than I expected. πŸ™‚

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      • Hope you like it if you end up watching it! πŸ™‚

        Exams, they are always fun!! πŸ˜› What are you studying, if you don’t mind my asking?

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  9. We agree on the rating on this one Jordan! I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, as I don’t always agree w/ the critics, but after about 5 minutes in, I was hooked and what a ride it was from start to finish!!

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