Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 Australian-American post-apocalyptic action film co-written, produced, and directed by George Miller. Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. The fourth installment and a "revisiting" of the Mad Max franchise, it is a joint Australian-American venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The world premiere was on 7 May 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. It began a Australian theatrical release on May 14, 2015, and United States theatrical release on May 15, 2015, including an out-of-competition screening at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX.
Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.
Why It Rocks
- The film proves that not only you can make an extremely great film with only a simple plot, but that you can also make a great fourth installment and triumphant franchise revival after three good films.
- You don't need to watch the other Mad Max films before this film, as it has a different plot than the rest of them.
- Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron give off really good performances as the two leads.
- Even when Max isn't given much to say, he is still able to be a complete badass at the same time.
- Imperator Furiosa is also a really good character, who's given good character development and likability. She and her band manage to be complete badasses along with Max.
- Immortan Joe is an amazing villain.
- The film has good use of practical effects instead of CGI, particularly the famous flamethrower electric guitar in the opening scene.
- It lacks any clichés found in typical action films. No shaky cam, no jump cuts, none of those.
- Even though it is hours long, its fast pace and allows a good descent into insanity.
- It is full of intense action and story that doesn't leave the audience at rest and only gets them to want more.
- The action and stunts only make the movie more insane to watch.
- Brilliant cinematography, flawless editing, and jaw-dropping techniques make this movie even better.
- Its trailer is probably one of the greatest trailers ever made.
- The soundtrack by Junkie XL is appropriate as well and added to the whole thrill ride.
- "OH WHAT A DAY, WHAT A LOVELY DAY!"
The Only Bad Quality
- Much like the original film, there's not much focus on Max.
Mad Max: Fury Road was praised by critics, audiences and fans alike for its screenplay, Miller's direction, action sequences, score, cinematography, editing, costume design, visuals, and the performances of the cast (particularly Hardy and Theron), and is considered the best movie of 2015. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 97% approval rating and an average rating of 8.58/10 based on 401 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life." On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating, the film has a score of 90 out of 100 based on 51 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Upcoming spin-off prequel
On October 2020, a spin-off prequel titled Furiosa entered "advanced development" at Warner Bros., with Miller set to direct. Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast to portray a young Furiosa, while Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also star. Miller will again co-write the screenplay with Mitchell and Lathouris, and both Miller and Mitchell will produce through their Kennedy Mitchell Miller banner. In December 2020, Warner Bros. announced that the film will be released on 23 June 2023.
- The project was given the green light to begin filming in the Australian desert in May 2003 with a budget of US$100 million, but the location was ruined by rainfall. The film entered then a hiatus in light of security concerns related to its Namibian shoot because of tightened travel and shipping restrictions at the onset of the Iraq War.