run time: 120 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
director: George Miller
starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, Iota, Angus Sampson
movie summary: In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: I got to admit that I had little to no interest in seeing Mad Max. After watching the first few trailers, nothing about the movie jumped out at me and the theme of the movie seemed like something I wouldn’t be interested in. To be quite honest with all of you, I didn’t even know there were older Mad Max movies and that Mel Gibson was indeed Max. That was shameful to admit, but hey my movie tastes really only go back to the late 1980s and that is stretching it as it is.
When Mad Max hit theatres the reviews began to pile in and they were off the charts. After a few days the movie held solid ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, so I said it must be worth a watch, like how bad could it be? I checked it out this past Wednesday and was throughly impressed from start to finish with how awesome this movie really was. I knew the characters, storyline, and setting were not my cup of tea, but the action, violence, and explosions made for an actually good movie. There are so many stories within the story that really allow for fantastic character development, which actually makes you care about the heroes and the villains.
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron really steal the show here with their ordinary, yet extraordinary characters. What started out as a regular day and a routine run to the city, our main characters will embark on one epic adventure across the post apocalyptic deserts of the world. These days events all centre around the fight to survive and preserve an invaluable piece of the human existence.
Sadly after being spoiled with this film, I am not sure I could go back and watch the old films without wishing they were as good.
my final thoughts: Mad Max may not be for everyone, but if you loved the originals then you will most likely be pleased with this latest instalment of the franchise. I got to admit this film would best be viewed on the big screen to maximize the special effects and epic battles. Don’t worry it will be well worth the price of admission.
my star rating: 8 out 10
imdb: 8.7 out 10
rottentomatoes: 98% out 100%
roger ebert: 4 out 4
richard crouse: 4.5 out 5
18 thoughts on “Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)”
Wow, didn’t know about Mel Gibson as Mad Max?
I bet u’ve seen th posters of him – they are so iconic – but didn’t make th connection until now.
Glad u enjoyed this new 1 – what a lovely day to go th cinema!
Solid post on your site man. Thanks for commenting on mine. I was surprised myself that I enjoyed the film as much as I did. Hopefully they will make another one. Also I can’t say I knew ANYthing about Mad Max, either through posters, movie titles, or Mel Gibson. Totally dropped the ball on this topic! ha ha
Thank u, Ryan!
Amazing to learn how many bloggers haven’t seen th originals – the 1st 2 movies made for great late-night TV viewing long ago.
As revealed in my Post, before th dust of Fury Rd has settled, Miller IS itchin to get on w Mad Max: The Wasteland, but we’ll probably have to wait for 2017 to catch that.
I loved this! 🙂 Wow – you didn’t know about the originals?! Hmm. I’d say to check them out but don’t think you’d like them. Glad you enjoyed this one, though! Fantastic film. 🙂
I may forever be known as the guy who knew nothing about Mad Max or pre-Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson! ha ha
Probably! 😉 lol
Great review and I tend to agree about it being a visual experience, although I suspect some of the visual depictions are actually inspired by video-games; Borderline in particular.
Still, I think George Miller should’ve left the Mad Max franchise well-alone. As far as I’m concerned, the saga ends with Beyond The Thunderdome.
I don’t know anything about video games, except a lot of movie sequences would be action you can find in games these days. The line between the two is very fine and CGI has changed the way the world looks at both. Everything is so real yet so fake! As far as the franchise is concerned, whether they make another or not, Tom Hardy was a solid choice as a lead.
Check out Mad Max 2. It’s brilliant. The other two probably aren’t worth the effort.
The second one is the best? I would think the original Mad Max would be the best because most sequels suck. I’m gonna add these movies to my ever expanding watch list. Someday I’ll watch them.
It’s unusual but the first one was made on a shoe string and it’s very indie and chaotic, which isn’t a bad thing in itself it just lacks the polish of the second one… and then the third one is too polished.
Shucks, these movies are sounding more and more like something I would never be interested in! No wonder I have never heard of them.
A lot of it will depend on how you feel about the 70s/80s metal aesthetic really. They’re stories told very visually with very limited exposition.
I’m worried that this 1970/1980’s movie style is going to kill me to watch. The worse thing that happens if I try it and if I don’t like it, I can turn it off or do something else while it’s on to see if anything else grabs my attention.
Great review. Who would have thought this would have been this good?
Just fun bombastic film from start to finish 😀
If there wasn’t non-stop action and explosions, this movie may have sucked! ha ha Hopefully the world doesn’t turn into this, that’s a shitty future to look forward to!
It would suck and only be 10 minutes long 😀
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