The most evil action movie ever made …
Imagine Waterworld. Now imagine it 10 times bigger and 20 times more spectacular. And instead of seas of water, you have deserts of sand. Imagine a hopeless world where heroes are strung out to die, children are enslaved to do hard labor, babies are born dead, beautiful women are mercilessly run over by a monster truck and youthful faces are impaled by flying debris. Imagine creepy creatures crawling on their hands as they have no legs. Imagine a harsh world where pain and blood are as constant as the rise and fall of the sun. Imagine George Miller‘s action masterpiece! It’s okay to drool in your popcorn bag. I know I did … (figure of speech as I had no popcorn)
George Miller is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Here’s a man who has made such lovely child-friendly bed time stories as Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet, yet he possesses the dark mind of a masochistic when he decided to make a movie about the end of the world, a movie in which mankind has gone crazy … and I do mean: wacky-dippy-bonkers crazy!! Let me start by saying, Mad Max: Fury Road is *NOT* a movie for children. Too much is happening that might screw with the vulnerable mind of a youngster, although it has to be said that Mad Max: Fury Road is nowhere near as frightening or disgusting as, say, The Exorcist.
No, Mad Max: Fury Road is still a commercial albeit gritty blockbuster movie. It’s more a case of prime evil. Yes, Mad Max: Fury Road is a very primitive movie. It portrays a disturbing picture of what might happen when mankind has lost all of its precious luxury and comfort. It may be a fantasy movie, but the intellectual study of how humans behave like animals once they’ve been deprived of their basic needs is not something very common in a big-ass American moneymaker.
So what makes Mad Max: Fury Road so special then? Well … the visual effects are sensational! They are amongst the best you’ve ever seen in an action movie. They are truly and utterly a lesson-to-be-learned for young, upcoming directors who wish to make the latest of the greatest. It’s not just the candy use of camera positions or the overall brilliant cinematography, not to mention the absolutely stunning set pieces and art direction, but it’s also the use of colors. Usually with post apocalyptic movies in a desolate environment, the movie is drenched in a pallet of bleak, desaturated colors. Not so with Mad Max: Fury Road – this movie has some of the most eye-catching colors painted onto the silver screen this year. There’s a beautifully blue scene which plays at night. There’s an awesome orange scene of the biggest sand storm in recent Hollywood memory. And there are lush green scenes when you, if only for a short while, witness the trees and the sprinkling waterfall.
As far as the acting goes, don’t expect any award-winning performances. Still, everything that transpires on the screen comes off naturally. The fear in Charlize Theron‘s eyes in the midst of true arm-aggedon (you’ll get this joke when you see her in the movie), the determination when Tom Hardy goes rampant, the madness when Nicholas Hoult smiles and Hugh Keays-Byrne as the main bad guy Immortan Joe. It might interest you to know that this man also played the main villain in the first Mad Max movie. Not to worry though, you won’t recognize him as he’s wearing a protective mask on his face.
Basically the only thing that keeps this movie from becoming a foolproof, sure-fire flawless action classic is the lack of any story. The movie is basically one long vehicular pursuit between creepy bad guys and hopeless heroes – and literally nobody has any character depth. Especially that last item turns out to be a bit of a letdown as, when the end credits roll, you don’t really know all that much more about the people still standing. You know that Charlize Theron wants to go home, back to the place where she was born. And you know that Tom Hardy has lost his family and occasionally sees flashbacks of his daughter or wife talking to him. But that’s about as much substance as you can expect from a wild party popcorn blockbuster like Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, let’s hope the other movies will be as much fun as part 1 … I’m ready, baby!! VROOOOM …
Give it to me straight:
Mad Max: Fury Road is an impossibly impressive and amazingly well-made action film that gets most of its raw power from the smash-in-your-face (especially in 3D) cinematography and insanely breathtaking set dressing and top-notch CGI-effects. Director George Miller paints his masterpiece in beautiful colors that will leave you wanting for more. Seeing as how the entire movie is basically one long, never-ending car chase sequence with a maximum of violence and a minimum of dialogues spoken, it’s quite an achievement as to how this movie is never boring. Better yet, every single scene sparkles with great enthusiasm of the actors as well as the writers and the rest of the crew, resulting in a fabulous action movie that – although not quite as good as ‘Fast & Furious 7’ and ‘The Avengers 2’ – should be considered as one of the finest action movies of the past few years. Take note, young writers and directors in Hollywood … THIS is how you make an action movie!!
Give it to me short:
Mad Max: Fury Road is a hellishly demonic and evil action movie that tries with every new scene to shock its audience. Don’t be scared when you see fat naked mothers giving milk or the birth of a dead baby. Director George Miller paints a disturbingly gorgeous, post-apocalyptic world unlike we’ve seen before. In his movie mankind is reduced to monstrous creatures bent on destruction and death … fighting in a war that seems endless … where hope is gone and violence is the only language left. You want action? Watch this movie … you don’t even have to use your brains. Just sit back & enjoy one of the greatest thrill rides of 2015!!