Entertainment Hive 2017

Mad Max: Fury Road

Review by Honey B

Director: George Miller Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult Plot: Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord's henchmen in a high-speed, deadly chase through the Wasteland. Verdict: The fourth instalment of George Miller's post-apocalyptic film franchise scorches up the screen in a frenzied race across the desolate desert. Miller resurrects Mad Max after 30 years and a change in leading men - from Mel Gibson to the equally as crazy Tom Hardy. And Miller's world still resonates today, from the first sound of the revving engine in Fury Road to the last - it's a hell ride and one that is worth taking. Hardy's "Mad'' Max Rockatansky, the former highway patrol officer turned lone desert warrior is still haunted by the death of his wife and child and he's a haunted man searching for redemption in a fragile landscape. The reluctant hero is hunted down and ends up in the vile Citadel of despot Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) where women are exploited for their wombs and milk and the masses are down-trodden and broken. Max becomes embroiled in Imperator Furiosa's (Charlize Theron) plan simply by having a universal blood type. A young dying War Boy named Nux (Nicholas Hoult) ties Max to the front of his retro-fitted car with a bloodline twisted around the chains. They set off across the desert chasing Furiousa who has absconded with Joe's big rig and his harem of five wives in a desperate drive to find a better life. This film was shot in the Namibian desert as unseasonal rains turned Australia's central desert into a lush, floral landscape - which wouldn't do for a Mad Max film. The desert is vast and parched and life blood is a theme throughout this movie, be it mother's milk, water, gas for the cars or Max's blood. What there seems to be an abundance of is cars, bikes and an arsenal of weapons which are all used to spectacular effect. The thrill of this movie is that it truly is just cars fangin' it across a desert in a plume of dust - forget over-the-top CGI. Sure this flick is essentially one long and wicked car chase but Miller's world has depth and Furiosa and Max are an unstoppable team. Theron deserves plenty of kudos she's tough and mean and is a stand- out in this film. Hoult also makes a glorious War Boy who is trying to find the right time to meet his maker. This is a must see Australian film - so fang it to the cinemas and get mad.
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