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Mad Max: Fury Road: A Beautiful R-Rated $150 Million Gamble That Cannot Be Replicated

June 2, 2015

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Mad Max: Fury Road is a $150 million spectacle that totally deserves its 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t think we will see another R-rated insane fest like this again. When will we ever see a cadre of elderly female bikers kicking butt and wiping out post apocalyptic war boys? It is a marvel of practical effects that blend with beautiful CGI to create something insanely enjoyable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more cohesive and coherent film that involves baby death, overweight milk maids and ultra violence.  It is loaded with iconic characters and moments that will linger long in your memory.

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What I love about Mad Max: Fury Road is that it feels like an incredibly expensive hand made film. Every stunt feels like it hurts and I can only imagine how long it took to accomplish each stunt. George Miller wanted everything on his set to be functional and it all looks f**king amazing. The world is fully fleshed out and I’m amazed at the skill and care that each character receives. Films like this can never be recreated because they left no blueprint. Charlize Theron stated that their would be days when there was no script and director George Miller was shooting from the hip. Fury Road works because the crew worked their asses off for six months in the deserts of Africa. It is a labor of love that feels totally fleshed out.

Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is a miracle of a creation.  Theron’s Furiosa worked her way through the ranks in a male dominated world and became the right hand woman to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Joe has control of a massive water supply and is basically god to his radiated followers. He has an army of totally loyal war boys who are dying of radiation sickness. They are convinced that in dying they will end up in Valhalla and they go down in glorious blazes of glory. To add to their suicidal tendencies these War Boys are really good at what they do. They’ve fine tuned vehicular carnage and have no problem risking their lives in order to take down their enemies.

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Things pop off when Furiosa drives away with Joe’s five wives. They are an odd and nubile bunch driven to the brink of sanity as they are locked away and forced to take part in anything Immortan Joe wants. The rescue sparks off a chain of events that involves several gangs all dying spectacularly in order to bring back some healthy women. I love how the group started off as bratty and became three-dimensional people who form unlikely relationships and prove their worth..

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How did Max get mixed up in the kidnapping plot? The film starts with Max being captured and becoming a hood ornament/blood donor to a War Boy named Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Nux is a fantastic driver and he eventually gets ahead of the rest of the war party and attempts to take Furiosa down. However, events unfold that introduce Max and Nux to the women and they all end up forming a weird alliance. From there we get to watch Elderly female bikers wreck shop, Furiosa brawl with Max and War Boys go boom.

Mad Max: Fury Road represents something rare in Hollywood. I still can’t believe somebody gave George Miller $150 million to make an R-rated epic stuffed full of weirdness. Miller filled the movie with blind guitar players, gout footed warlords and a man child played by Australian giant Nathan Jones.

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Mad Max: Fury Road is a beautiful action film and should be appreciated for the gamble it took. The project wore on everybody but they held strong as the determined director created an action masterpiece. I have a feeling that Furiosa will join the Sarah Connor, Ripley, Rita Vrataski and Artemisia ranks. Theron’s portrayal balances emotion and stoicism and cannot be labeled. I sat in awe as the one armed Furiosa battled Max, shot down War Boys and genuinely kept her sh*t together.

You need to watch Fury Road and check out co-writer John’s two posts he wrote about the film.

 

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    June 2, 2015 9:23 am

    So right calling this a gamble. Despite the great cast and effects and action sequences, that’s a LOT of cash to drop on an R-rated film. A LOOOOOOT! But I’m so glad they rolled the dice.

  2. June 6, 2015 11:20 am

    Great review. Who would have thought this would have been this good?
    Just fun bombastic film from start to finish 😀

  3. June 10, 2015 12:28 am

    It’s fun. In fact, it’s very fun. If only more summer blockbusters took note. Nice review.

    • John Leavengood permalink
      June 10, 2015 4:03 pm

      It’s like the stars aligned for this one. Everything worked so well. EVERYTHING.

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