If there is a movie that everyone should see this summer, Mad Max: Fury Road would be it.
For someone who has not seen the original Mad Max trilogy starring Mel Gibson, I think Mad Max: Fury Road stands on its own. Aussie director George Miller returns to the franchise 30 years after the release of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. It lives up to the hype by giving what the audiences want: an insane thrill-ride with a surprisingly convincing narrative. What can be more awesome than flames shooting out of the neck of a guitar?
In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity has been broken and the remaining survivors are driven mad in need of necessary resources such as food, water, and gas. Max Rockanstansky (Tom Hardy), one of the survivors, is haunted by his past. He believes the only way to live in the desert wasteland is survive. However, he gets kidnapped by a cult led by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Max is held captive as a blood bag for Nux (Nicholas Hoult), one of the “War Boys” working for Joe. After realizing his five “breeders” are missing, Joe sends his cult to drive through the desert – in one of the best action sequences of the year – in pursuit of a rig carrying 3,000 gallons of gasoline driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Then, Max joins forces with Furiosa to help the “breeders” to safety.
Nowadays, summer blockbusters have been overstuffed with CGI and shaky camera work. What Miller does with Fury Road is none of that. Most of the effects are practical, giving the sense of realism and insanity of the action. It’s refreshing to see what is going on during the action with the steady camera work (although a little shaky) and fast-paced editing. There is great tension; making the audience feel like they are in the rig with Max and Furiosa.
Miller started filming in his native Australia. But after the amount of rainfall changing the landscape, he moved the production to no better place than in the deserts of Namibia. The scenery is downright gorgeous; with the shades of orange capturing scenes in which take place during the day and blue capturing the scenes taking place at night. The majority of the film takes place on the go, but it’s more than just a two-hour chase sequence. It’s a story of hope for humanity, willing to survive, and a chance for redemption. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult kick ass in one of the best action films ever made.