The Mad Max franchise has stood the test of time as one of the most iconic franchises out there as well as the one that made Mel Gibson a star. For years director George Miller has been fighting to get another chapter off the ground, but when it finally went into production it was minus Gibson and instead had Tom Hardy at the helm. After some delay it is finally ready to hit the road with Mad Max: Fury Road, but will it unleash the fury it promises or will it crash and burn?
Mad Max: Fury Road follows an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exists two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos and Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Any fears of this film not feeling like a Mad Max movie was quickly left in the dust the moment it begins. Everything here screams the world of Max and not only features all the things that made The Road Warrior so great and all the parts of the Thunderdome that actually work while bringing the character to a new generation. They give you just enough information to kick things off so you never have to see the original films, but of course it is a travesty and you should to enhance the experience. The trailers are pretty accurate showcasing the film as pretty much one long action sequence only slowing down briefly a couple of times as necessary to further the story. On the story side, much like all the other in the franchise they keep it to a minimum and just enough for it to have something to build that action around.
There is no hiding the fact that much like the original films this one is all about the insane carnage and it does not disappoint. There is so much vehicular mayhem here that it will have you on the edge of your seat trying to keep up with it all and will have your blood pumping until the very end. Thankfully Miller stuck to his roots and executed just about all of the action for real and only used CGI to enhance aspects to the film. The cast all do a great job despite not having all that much to say and while Hardy doesn’t get a whole lot to do for a bit of the film and instead is chained, caged and literally mounted to the front of a car during a full action sequence. He had pretty big shoes to fill and not only does he embody the character perfectly he channels some aspects of Gibson’s take on the character without trying to mimic his performance. He brings his own nuances along to blend with the traditional nature to credit his own take on the character that still feels like the same one. Theron’s character is a bit more chatty to keep things moving, but has her own tortured mentality that makes her a perfect match for Max. Nicholas Hoult brings a strange insight to the crazed people they are being hunted by getting a chance to sort of better understand them without ever really understanding any of them. The coolest casting comes in the form of Hugh Keays-Byrne who not only portrays the lead monsterous villain here, but also was the original biker that started all of this in motion in the original Mad Max film.
When Thunderdome was released they attempted to expand the simplistic world they had created in the first two films, but instead they just overpopulated it with nonsense, but here they do it right. They have created a unique interesting colony that sets the tone and then moves on into the road vengeance as it should be. These films would never work if they didn’t get overly creative with the vehicles and gadgets and they knock it out of the park here. Every time you think you have seen the coolest vehicle or weapon they step it up even further. There are literally cars stacked on top of each other to create new vehicle monsters to wreak havoc on the desert roadway. None of these cool cars or weapons would mean anything if they didn’t have the stunt team to pull it off and they delivered in every way possible. Every stunt, crash, and fight is better than the next and if you come out of this film not ready to dive right back into the mayhem and your adrenaline pumping then you might need to see a doctor to make sure you are still alive.
Obviously these films are made for a specific audience, but whether you are a fan of the Mad Max franchise or not, you cannot deny the spectacle of the carnage displayed on the screen. This is more of a reboot than a remake and sits firmly with the previous films and allows a whole new generation to discover Max and this will hopefully just be a new beginning and we will get to hit the road for more insanity in the world of Max sooner than later. In addition to the adrenaline fueled film this release also includes tons of bonus features including deleted scenes and a ton of featurettes taking you deeper into the world and making of Mad Max.
Join in on the carmageddon when Mad Max: Fury Road hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 1st and remember you can get it on Digital HD now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.