Movie Review: Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Posted: January 26, 2016 in Action, Drama
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In a post-apocalyptic Australia, a warlord named Immortan Joe (Hugh Keys Bearne) controls one of the remaining population centers left, called the Citadel.  He controls the distribution of the food, water, and the population itself, selecting only the most beautiful women to mate with. Max Rockatansky  (Tom Hardy) is a prisoner of Immortan Joe who escapes.  Max is joined by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who is looking for her family in the green area, and takes some of Joe’s finest breeders with her.  Nux (Nicholas Hoult) believes that Joe is a Devine ruler and Nux is one of Joe’s most fervent followers.  He volunteers to bring Max, Furiosa, and the breeders back to Joe.  Do Max and Furiosa escape Immortan Joe and Nux?  Do they find the green place and safety?  Or does Joe hunt them down and bring them back?

I didn’t see the original Mad Max movies, and I didn’t see this one for a long time, because I generally don’t like reboots or sequels.  A reboot, sequel or prequel is Hollywood’s way of saying, “We’ve run out of new ideas, so here’s an old idea, for a new generation.”  Fury Road is no exception.  It’s an old idea wrapped in a bright, shiny, new package, but resist opening the package, because there’s nothing inside.  The story is threadbare, there is no plot development, no character development, nothing but mindless chase scenes and violence, Hollywood’s go-to staple.  All the talk of the feminist hero Furiosa had me at least curious to see this movie, but her character is entirely mitigated by the mindless runway model breeders, who look like they stepped off the cover of Vogue despite living in a post-apocalyptic society.  One of the characters switches allegiances in the middle of the movie, for no apparent reason, and the movie goes on for a half an hour longer than it should. George Miller is the principal writer for this tripe, so he gets most of the blame.

The acting is below par, especially with such a talented cast.  Tom Hardy, who I liked in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, is reduced to a series of monosyllabic, monotone grunts and groans, the script is a real disservice to his acting skills.  Charlize Theron is easily one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, and she proves it here by sounding like an American in the middle of the Australian outback.  She was born and raised in South Africa, how hard is it to do an Australian accent when you’re from South Africa.  Nicholas Hoult keeps getting these high profile roles, and I keep wondering why , other than playing Beast, he’s really not that good.  He at least tries to do an Aussie accent, he lays it on thick, but he tries.

As non-existent as the plot was, the visuals were exhilarating.  The cinematography was spellbinding, the daytime shots were covered in an orangish hue, and the night shots were bathed in a pale blue light.  It was spectacular to see.  That said, George Miller’s pacing is horrible, either breakneck speed, or pathetically slow lulls to explain the non-existent plot.  Miller also gets lousy performances from Hardy, Theron and Hoult, and that doesn’t say much for his directorial skills. This film has ten Oscar nominations, including best film.  It really makes me wonder if the Oscar voters even watch these movies.

Mad Max:  Fury Road  Full of Potholes and plot holes.


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