For this review on Mad Max Fury Road, I am going to split in two – my end opinion and then my opinion. Mad Max Fury Road is possibly the best action movie that I’ve seen in a long, long time. In a era where CGI has taken over action movies, it’s refreshing to see an action movie done with no real cartoon physics. Go see Mad Max Fury Road (if possible) on the big screen. It demands to be seen on the big screen. Also if you are in Bloemfontein, South Africa, go watch it at Northridge Cinemas. It’s possibly the best 3D projection I have seen. So in short – don’t miss this one!
Now onto the critique:
I am going to try and keep the review as spoiler free as possible. I might have to mention some spoilers, but I will warn ahead when there are any spoilers.
The movie is some of the best scenes of action in cinema right now. If I have to compare it to Fast and Furious 7 or Furious 7, this is almost the complete opposite of that in action. Furious 7 felt as if it was just a cartoon where the rules of reality and physics took a back seat with Vin Diesel and the crew just doing what they do. Furious Road is basically just one giant chase scene. I was hesitant with Tom Hardy as Mad Max as Mel Gibson was famous for the role as the iconic character. He really did pull it off as Max. South Africa’s golden girl, Charlize Theron, was excellent as Imperator Furiosa.
After watching the movie it felt as if George Miller was sending out a big message to other action directors out there: This is how you do an action movie. Take note!
This movie gets a 8 / 10 ‘Oh what a lovely days’
Did you know?
Over 80% of the effects in the movie are practical effects. CGI was used sparingly in the film, mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron’s left hand, which in the film is a prosthetic.
According to George Miller the film’s storyboard was made before there even was a screenplay. The reason was because George Miller envisioned the film as an continues chase, with little dialogue and focusing on the visuals.
The film used three identical War Rigs, the large main truck in the film. They were based on a Czechoslovakian all wheel drive military vehicle.