Review – Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road (15)
Hollywood execs take note: this is what happens when you give a visionary director total creative control over a $150 million budget. Fury Road is a blistering cocktail of insanity and rage, held together by a paper thin plot (in absolutely the best sense) and tightly-written characters, fuelled by diesel, and accompanied by flaming electric guitars.
Essentially one long car chase, road warrior Max Rockatansky (a near wordless Tom Hardy, taking the reins from Mel Gibson) reluctantly joins forces with rebel rider Furiosa (Charlize Theron), as they are pursued at high speed by a ruthless gang leader across a post-apocalyptic desert. Granted, some of the more bizarre elements of Fury Road may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it deserves the highest of praise for its uncompromisingly demented vision, it’s commitment to the most spectacular visual effects, and it’s dogged determination to resist falling into any cinematic tropes. Buckle up.
Words: Ali Bianchi