One of the best things about Mad Max: Fury Road is that is can work even on people like me who know nothing about the original films.
The remake here stars the highly underrated actor Tom Hardy as the title character. He lives in a desert wasteland which is ruled by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). He is in charge of the water supply that he gives to the people when he feels like it (He states “Don’t get addicted to water”). He also keeps mothers to supply them with milk, and other women to birth him more sons.
One of his best soldiers, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), is driving these women of his (one of whom is pregnant) and decides to revolt. She eventually teams with Max and they search for what is called the green place.
Which characters live and die, I will not say. What I will say is there are some breathtaking action sequences that will boggle the mind. There is a word to describe them and it is the same one to describe the movie: Wow. There is also really well done acting here ( which should not surprise us, since it is Hardy and Theron in the main roles). My only issue with the film was that it did not have any added humor (I know it is a serious thriller, but you think it could add a LITTLE humor).
Parents, High School and older. This is NOT an action film for kids (there is a good about of violence, but what I liked was that it was not terribly gory). Although there is no sex scenes, there is some nudity.
Still, if you are looking for an action movie that is fun, thrilling (with the help of a brilliant musical score by Junkie XL), and beautiful (it gives desert scenes that reminded me of Lawrence of Arabia), look no further than Mad Max: Fury Road. It is one of the best movies of the year.
Overall: Four Stars and a Half **** 1/2