Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, directed by George Miller, director of every previous entry in the Mad Max saga, is an immediate sequel to the previous films, which came out 30 years ago.
In this movie it has been some long, non-descript period of time since the nuclear apocalypse, and the world is now a dry desert wasteland with almost no water, plants, or gasoline. The world is also now populated by bands of bandits and everyone is at least mildly insane. Our hero, former cop Max Rockatansky (Hardy), is captured by a group of psychopaths who worship a man, Joe, as a religious figure because he controls all the water in the community. Upon capture, all of Max’s belongings are taken, and he is strapped to the front of a car to be used as a blood bank for one of Joe’s crazy minions, Nux (played by Nicholas Hoult). Max escapes and joins up with Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron), one of Joe’s best riders. Together they free all of Joe’s wives (who Joe keeps locked in a room so they can have his children) and decide to take them to a fabled green place (one of the last vestiges of vegetation left on earth) for safety. It then becomes a race to see if our heroes will escape Joe and his followers and reach asylum or die in this dusty, hellish landscape.
One defining aspect of this feature is that it is extremely crazy. If non-stop, fun, loud action with insane things happening left and right is not your cup of tea, then you should avoid this movie at all costs. As one who enjoys watching movies with those qualities, this is one of the best action films I have ever seen. There is almost no respite from nail biting in this film. As the film progresses, the tension rises, which I love because it has been a while since an action film has made me feel that way. The villains are constantly on the horizon, so as you get immersed in the world, the film has created an impending feeling of dread and suspense. The stunt work is flawless, with extremely creatively designed cars and trucks (like a golden ’70s car on tank treads) flipping over and exploding in a huge spectacle. And the amazing thing is that the exploding cars are real, there is minimal CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) in this picture. The fighting is also very realistic and well done with creative weapons being used.