Mad Max: Fury Road: Movie Review

"Mad Max: Fury Road" harkens back to the days were films were simply furious and bombastically over-the-top. These days of CGI-driven sequences, the full faced realism of its practical effects is a sight to see and a sight to behold. Where George Miller tries to stand out from your typical action film, the outcome is majectically more than that - its unqiueness is at its core part art.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes imprisoned and subsequently swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator named Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken from him. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly as a high-octane Road War ensues.

Intense. That's the key word that made "Mad Max: Fury Road" so great and so fun. The film takes a full throttle course through its post-apocalytptic world with no abandon. Once the film starts, it's mostly a 120 minute road chase. It's actually surprising how simple the film's story is but its simplicity didn't mean that the film got stale quick. In fact, while the overall arc is more or less a point a to point b experience, the characters themselves bring a lot to deepen to experience. There's Furiosa who still has a lot of hope even with the bleak world she finds herself in or the naive Nux who thinks the only important thing is to sacrifice his life for his leader Immortan Joe. Surprisingly, Mad Max is more of a secondary character when compared to Furiosa but even Max and his dark ghosts bring an edge into the table that eventually turns out to be helpful.

Easily, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is defined by its outstanding visuals. The action scenes were simply epic in scale with explosions and over-the-top road warriors ruling its world. What's appealing though is that George Miller was able to balance practical effects and CGI perfectly. While we shouldn't expect CGI to be totally removed, Miller knew when to use it and when to pull back. What we get is a wonderfu mix of old and new movie magic that's is so rare nowadays. It is also notable to say that even with its dystopian setting, the world is popping with bright colors all over. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a classic not only in the action genre but in the whole film industry.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- simply the best film this year or even in years
- this is an aural and visual feast

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- no reason not to watch Mad Max: Fury Road

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