Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton
Age Restriction: 13 V
Runtime: 120 minutes
Release date: 15 May 2015
The Mad Max movies have been one of the most popular and well-known film trilogies in history, with the original film kicking things off in 1979 while parts two and three dominated in the 80s.
It's been almost 30 years since the last chapter and after years in development hell, a fourth Mad Max film is finally seeing the light of day. Long time fans who've been eagerly anticipating the titular hero's return since 1985 can finally rejoice.
However, franchise star Mel Gibson is out and current acting sensation Tom Hardy takes the reins from Gibson as protagonist Max Rockatansky. The good news though is that franchise creator, writer and director of all three films George Miller returns to his respective duties.
The Mad Max trilogy takes place in the post-apocalyptic future where most of Earth has become a barren wasteland. In this fourth instalment, Max meets Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) a woman on the run from a gang led by its menacing looking leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
Joe pursues Furiosa as he seeks his missing wives who willingly ran away with her, as he needs them for breeding purposes. One wife in particular, played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is basically on the verge of giving birth.
Furiosa, Max and Joe's wives travel across the desert wasteland in a rig in search of Furiosa's childhood homeland, which Furiosa promises to be a "green place".
With Joe and his army in close pursuit, Max and Furiosa's journey becomes a bumpy ride, with the duo forced to do what they do best... survive.
With Miller at the helm, Fury Road is a nostalgic thrill ride that completely embodies the previous films and will absolutely leave fans with smiles on their faces.
Like a pro, Miller is easily able to immerse audiences into this film without any hesitation and once again uses action to tell Max's latest chapter, leading to a fairly good narrative.
With gun-trotting car chase sequences to punk-rock styled characters in freaky get-ups, Fury Road closely resembles Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. And with modern technology now in play, Miller is able to craft an upgraded and more improved version of The Road Warrior as modern technology allows him to go even further than before – and of course he takes full advantage of this.
What about modern audiences? Well, Fury Road incorporates everything a modern action blockbuster has to offer, so expect a new generation of fans.
Fury Road is a technical marvel, as the visual effects are taken to a whole new level of achievement, particularly the scene inside the sandstorm - the film absolutely deserves an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.
And the action is just as great as Fury Road is filled with hordes of it along with spectacular stunts, both of which blend well and will excite audiences to the very core.
What makes the action so unique is the sheer insanity of it, like during the car chase shootout sequences and ensuing chaos, one member of Joe's army stands high and tall playing on his electric guitar with flames blasting out – it's that crazy, but in an outrageously fun kind of way.
The action is quite innovative and rather different from any action film that's ever graced the screens in a long while.
The cinematography and landscapes are impressive with the costumes and set designs a sight to behold.
Due to Fury Road's action-packed visual splendour, expect great 3D with exploding vehicle parts and flames popping out of the screen. Those craving for escapist fun should opt to see Fury Road in its best possible format (i.e. IMAX).
Hardy is brilliant as the new Max and pulls off a convincing Australian accent, while immersing himself so well into the role that audiences need not crave Gibson's return.
Theron delivers a great performance as the badass Furiosa while Nicholas Hoult entertains as the savvy Nux with one energetic performance.
The main characters are well developed; particularly Theron's Furiosa who audiences can relate to on an emotional level as we can truly understand her need for redemption and absolutely feel her pain.
Nux is also well characterised as we first glimpse him trying his utmost best to impress Joe, but by the time we hit the middle part, the character evolves into a completely new person as we see who he really is.
Despite his whole past being revealed in the original, Max, "the man of action and of few words", is as enigmatic as before. However, Max does have hallucinations of his dead child during the course of this film.
Verdict: Mad Max: Fury Road is a marvel of a film, filled with Oscar-worthy visuals, insane action sequences, a fairly good narrative, great performances and in my opinion, is one of the most unique action films in recent years. It's also a much-needed return to the franchise as it revels in nostalgia and will impress fans and modern audiences alike.