Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
My world is fire...and blood.
36 years ago, George Miller directed his first film on a budget of $350,000. Mad Max was the story of an Australian police officer in a dystopian future, and his quest to get revenge against an insane motorcycle gang anchored by a man named Toecutter. In 1985, Beyond Thunderdome (aka Max vs. Tina Turner) came out to little fanfare and effectively ended the Mad Max series at a trilogy. In the last 30 years, George Miller directed just a few things. The Witches of Eastwick. Lorenzo's Oil. Babe 2: Pig in the City. The Happy Feet series. However, there was always an itch that he couldn't quite scratch. That itch was Max Rockatansky. Mad Max: Fury Road was supposed to start filming in 2003 with Mel Gibson, the original Max back at the helm, but it didn't work out. Over the next decade, many people would be rumored to snag the title of Max. One rumor even had George Miller directing an animated version of Mad Max. Storyboards were completed years ago. Finally, 30 years later, Max is back.
I have no attachment to the Mad Max character. I saw the first one when I was very young (on TV, so cut for cable), and liked it, but I liked it more in the sense that I now had a new story to act out with my G.I. Joes. I know I've seen The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, but aside from The Master Blaster, I can't remember anything from them. I was going into Fury Road green, and ready for the Max of a new generation.
Okay, I'm just going to come out and say it - Mad Max: Fury Road is fucking awesome. It's the best action movie I've seen this year and I just don't see how it'll be dethroned. Here's the basic plot - there's a modified diesel truck called the War Rig that's driving through the desert with some precious cargo (so it cannot be blown up). Hundreds of wastelanders (led by an evil messiah named Immortan Joe) are trying to help bring the Rig to a stop. That's basically the plot here. Tom Hardy plays Max and Charlize Theron plays Furiosa, the driver of the Rig.
What follows is non-stop vehicular carnage. I'm a huge action movie fan, and I have some go-to movies for different kinds of action - The Raid (1 & 2) for hand to hand combat, Die Hard for the "one against many" formula, The Dark Knight for comic book action - but Mad Max: Fury Road is my new go-to for motorized insanity. I consider myself pretty smart on how a lot of action scenes are filmed. Most of the time when I'm watching a fantastic action scene, I can admire the work that was put into certain shots knowing what they had to go through to get it done. In Fury Road, there are several scenes where I just sat there, mouth agape, wondering "how the HELL did they do that?". There is a particular scene with these large poles attached to cars, wagging back and forth as they drive with men attached to the ends that had my eyes popping out of my head. Simply put, I did not want this movie to end.