Genre: Sci-fi, Action
Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
Fury Road is director George Miller’s fourth installment in his Mad Max series. The first three, which
came out in the early ‘80s, introduced the world to soon-to-be-famous Mel Gibson, but had only a small
cult following. This re-envisioning of the franchise is bigger, louder, and faster.
The movie is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, which has much the same feel as The Book of Eli
. It’s a barren wasteland where the key resources (water, vehicles, and weapons) are controlled
by the all-powerful, despotic, Immortan Joe (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne), using an army of young,
impressionable men called War Boys, to whom he is a god.
Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), meanwhile, is a tough, no-nonsense, free-agent, haunted by a troubled
past and doing the one thing that his whole world hinges on – survive! So when fate throws him in the
path of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) – a beautiful but fierce general in Immortan Joe’s regime –
all hell breaks loose.
The movie is more or less one long action sequence which never lets up; just what you want from a big-
budget blockbuster. There aren’t any real groundbreaking scenes per se (think Neo dodging bullets by
doing the limbo, in The Matrix), but there’s enough going on to keep you engrossed. You’ve got car
chases, bandits, warfare, and even a bit of comedy. Plus, the cinematography is stunning, with the
camera moving in, out, and around all the action . . . in 3D.
The costumes, too, are worth mentioning. There’s great concept-art involved and you’ve gotta love
Immortan Joe’s badass mask.
For you ladies, there’s a buff Tom Hardy playing a dark, mysterious character, who you’ll want to rescue
and shower with love; and for the men there are five gorgeous ‘wives’ of Immortan Joe who spend most
of the movie in makeshift bikinis. Not to mention a gorgeous Charlize Theron. It’s not often that
Hollywood gives us a heroine who has as much clout as the hero, and who is more than just eye candy.
But Furiosa is part of the new-wave of ass-kicking protagonists. Expect to see as much of her, if not
more, as you will of Max.
All in all, Fury Road is great fun. Granted, it isn’t plumbing the depths of the human experience; but
what it promises it delivers: unadulterated action. Check it out, and tell us what you feel.