Even though the “Mad Max” franchise is all about Max Rockatansky (this time played by
Tom Hardy), the next installment “Fury Road” is all about Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron).
Max finds himself captured in one of the few hospitable places in the world called the Citadel. This realm is one of the few that has access to water and retains its greenery that is controlled by a demagogue Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
He controls the inhabitants by controlling the water supply and with his preaching to a higher power that all aspire for. Only a select few are eligible to reside with him high up in the mountains while the rest are destitute.
On a run to replenish supplies for the city, Furiosa goes off course with Joe’s merchandise thus ensues the chase for her and retrieving his personal possessions. With an army at his beckoning who will follow his every word, his legion of warriors go after her. This is personified through the character of Nux (Nicholas Hoult) who swears allegiance to the false god of Joe as he desires to be close to greatness and to appease his master.
Furiosa and Max, who manages to escape during the chase, are they able to depend upon each other for survival as they trek across the barrenness that is the new world. In these times trust between individuals are far and between as it’s most likely individuals would rather shoot first and ask questions later.
The film begins fast with its rapidness and quick editing that makes the film unique. But it also brings elements of loudness and chaotic as the sequences of the chase begin especially notable during an encounter in the storm.
Mr. Hardy attempts to do his best Mel Gibson impersonation as a man of few words before he opens up to Furiosa. While Ms. Theron proves capable of portraying the tough heroine as she’s determined to reach the safe haven Green Place.
How director and writer George Miller, after returning to the post-apocalyptic world he envisioned 36 years ago, improves upon the marvels and wonders of this film with its venture into Fury Road will remain to be seen. But if he does continue the tale with his new Max, perhaps more questions will be answered in those that haunt the man as he journeys across this new world order.
Classification: Blu-Ray Release
Movie Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars
The movie amaze in its grandeur with its technical accomplishments from the visuals of the chase and the production of mass proportion as Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) journey across Fury Road.
Blu-Ray Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars
An assortment of features from filming the movie, production, casting and the best of segments from the chase sequence featured from the film.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rating: R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images
Timing: 2 hours
Director & Writer: George Miller
Writers: Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Nicholas Hoult.