Porsche's Movie Reviews - Mad Max: Fury Road

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My take on George Miller's latest dystopic-ridden fantasy wonderland adventure of insanity on the open ruthless road will be coming exclusively to you, the members of GTN, in a few short hours Big Grin

Can't you hardy wait?
One of the first movies I saw in theaters as a child was Beyond Thunderdome, and and as a young boy, watching Max take on Tina Turner and cross vast desert wastelands sparked my now lifelong obsession with dystopian films and stories. Mad Max has always been the main ingredient for my film-viewing pleasures, and when I find myself home alone (and not wanting to play Xbox), I put in one of the series' films and just enjoy. We owe so many concepts of apocalyptic wasteland destruction to George Miller and the harrowing tales of Max Rockatansky.

When I read (oh about 3 years ago or so) that Max was coming back and that his insanity diving madness would continue, I was seriously excited. And worried. It was until I learned that George was continuing to helm his vicious series AND that amazingly talented actor Tom Hardy (not Bane... Watch Lawless and/ or Bronson - you'll see what I mean) was taking over as Max, I was hooked. I have been waiting ever-so-patiently for this weekend to arrive.

I was far from disappointed.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for your favorite indie classic to be fully budgeted and semi -rebooted, but allowing the original writer and director to maintain control? I had often wondered what the original Mad Max trilogy would have been like had George had an inflated Hollywood budget.

Fury Road answered that paradox for me. As you, my friends, know, I am generally opinionated, and will voice my thoughts often quickly and with a great deal of stupidity. As I sat in the credits of Fury Road, I was utterly speechless. I drove home from the theater speechless. I turned off the radio and just listened to my car as it hummed down the asphalt. I let the wind in my windows tussle my hair and tingle my skin. I wanted to feel the world as it was and appreciate the things I had in my life. I enjoyed the sway of the turns as the road curved, and allowed the gravity sink in. It was only after I let my mind wander that I finally asked myself "what did I just experience?"

I'm not afraid to admit that I really enjoy Tom Hardy's acting. His turn as Forrest in Lawless cemented my fascination that was initially piqued from Bronson and later Inception. Having watched Mel Gibson play Max so many times for so many years, I had a slight pause as to what I hoped to expect from Tom Hardy. After the first scene, it was obvious that Hardy had spent some time pouring over this role. He nailed Max and his growing insanity much more than I expected.

The movie starts with Max still roaming the land alone. We can assess that much time has passed since his excursion with the Thunderdome, and he has apparently adapted to apocalyptic survival rather well. That is until he is wreckedabd captures by followers of the disgusting Immortan Joe (played by none other than Toecutter himself, Hugh Keays-Byrne, who was in the first movie, but does not reprise his role here). The white and wishing to he shiny and chrome soldiers if Joe capture Max and use him as a high-octane meatbag, feeding a dying half-life soldier Nux (played by Xmen Beast Nicholas Hoult).

As Max bleeds out into Nux's veins, the transfusion is interrupted by Furiousa (Charleze Theron) and her attempt to flee with Joe's greatest treasures.

Max is then tied to the front of Nux's ride as Joe's mobile army chases Furiousa down. At this point, maybe 10-15 minutes in, it becomes balls to the wall over the top insanity, George Miller-esque beautifully destructive goodness.

The film progresses where Max eventually helps Furiousa execute her plan, but only because he is fighting his demons of regret and redemption. I won't spoil any further, because it really is a visual circus that simply must be enjoyed on the big screen.

As much as I tried to separate my fanatic bias, I couldn't. This film is just that great. It is superb and brutally disturbing, visually haunting and visceral, almost perfect on its own, but only if you're familiar with the element of it. By itself, its well timed and expertly choreographed, plotted to perfection as it rolls along, literally, across the wasted landscape.

I am a huge fan, and this entry, although very long awaited (30 years!!) was absolutely worth the wait. George Miller and a bloated Hollywood budget made an instant classic that will inspire the future of filmaking. The stunts and cinematography that were produced here were geniusly inspired, as it was initially, and will stand a new year of cult classic time.

Simply put, go see this movie as soon as you can. It was so instinctual and powerful, visceral and emotional, and brutally subtle, that it can be enjoyed by the masses effortlessly. But for a true fan such as myself, I must say "well done, George, well done."

I cannot wait for the planned sequals now. Current working title is Mad Max: Furiousa, and it is a prequel of sorts, according to wiki sources. We'll see. All I know is Tom Hardy signed up to do 4 Mad Max films. I can't wait, yet again.
Awesome review. I'm glad it wasn't just another high budget knock-off. Now I just gotta make some time to see it before it's out of the theater.
im going to see this over the weekend me thinks
You lack a vital quality found in all Sith. Sith have no fear, and I sense much fear in you."
05-20-2015 09:37 PM StaffPremium
dystopian films and stories. Mad Max has always been the main ingredient for my film-viewing pleasures, and when I find myself home alone (and not wanting to play Xbox), I put in one of the series' films and just enjoy. We owe so many concepts of
Originally Posted by porschephiliac
I don't understand this part??

Nice write up though!
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I don't understand this part??

Nice write up though!
Originally Posted by Fshguy
You mean the part about not wanting to play Xbox? Yeah, it happens occasionally for me. Not often, but it does.

Big Grin

Thanks for the feedback guys. I am going to see it again tomorrow in 3D. I'll add a snippet about that experience afterwards.
Ok so I've been putting off reading this till I saw it and I still have not seen it and so I skipped the middle few paragraphs where you explain plot and stuff, but I do know/understand that this is a sort of wrap up/reboot of all the other films if I'm wrong don't explain to me just say I'm wrong...lol.. so after I go see this I'll come back and read what you have there in the middle but your descriptions put me in awe.. damn man you need to be film critic..lol. no really though it was awesome up till the point I had to stop reading.. BTW I didn't see any updates about 3D in there, did you go and what was it like? I generally do not like the 3D thing..
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Sadly I didnt make it this weekend to see this, I was talked into seeing Poltergeist instead in 3d. I cant give it a recommendation either it was just ok.
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Ok so I've been putting off reading this till I saw it and I still have not seen it and so I skipped the middle few paragraphs where you explain plot and stuff, but I do know/understand that this is a sort of wrap up/reboot of all the other films if I'm wrong don't explain to me just say I'm wrong...lol.. so after I go see this I'll come back and read what you have there in the middle but your descriptions put me in awe.. damn man you need to be film critic..lol. no really though it was awesome up till the point I had to stop reading.. BTW I didn't see any updates about 3D in there, did you go and what was it like? I generally do not like the 3D thing..
Originally Posted by B8TINGU
I was not able to see it in 3D - other plans were made by the boss, er, wife. I am planning to go one of these nights this week.

And thank you very much for the compliment. I love writing, and getting criticism, both good and bad, really helps me out a lot.
Well I was supposed to see it tonight, but we are pushing that back for tomorrow now. I'm a little disappointed to hear what you said about the new Poltergeist Sith, but topping the original wasn't going to be a very easy task. I wonder if this one will be cursed as well...
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Can't wait to check this out, been re-watching the previous movies and i am excited to see this.

Sucks about Poltergeist but not surprised about it, my wife and i watched the original last weekend cause she has never seen it before (-_-) and she liked it, i will not show her 2 & 3 until after we see the remake.
Finally got to catch this, it was simply awesome though I did have some issues with it.

It was go right from the beginning and the story, what of it there was, was given to us in very small amounts throughout the film. There was also not a lot of dialog fem Max. It almost seemed he was a secondary character in his own movie.

Though I got what the plot was the story could have been a little more fleshed out. It was a great action movie and if I may say way better than some of the earlier movies.

Tom Hardy really seemed to shine and even without the dialog l, yes I'm going to be contradictory. I tell you the truth I wasn't a big fan of Beyond Thunderdome and was very leary about this one, but it does deliver and in Spades.. It is a two hour movie, but it went so fast and hard it really didn't feel like that at all.

Over a great job done by all.
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Oh yes, Thunderdome isn't really counted by true fans - big H-wood budget and product placement (Tina) made it crap. When Miller decided to return with this one, he said he wasn't going to allow any failures like before.

As far as the slow to reveal plot and character design, I think it was done ever so brilliantly - we knew what we needed to know when we needed to know it. Right off the bat, we knew Max had completely lost his sanity. We also knew his only mode of life was instinctual survival. The rest revealed itself just as the questions were starting to come up.

As a newcomer (not you, Jeff), it might be generally off-putting to do it that way. Also, there was a lot of assumptions in the plot about knowledge of the previous entries. So newcomers were allowed to invent thier own history as the fiml travelled on, and us vets could relish in it's simplistic beautiful continuation.

I might be a bit biased, come to think of it...
I think you're a lot biased...lol.. But that s ok we all need something to be passionate about and I can't fault any fan boy of what they really love, hell I get into squables all the time over the nerdiest things...lol.. Like I said it had its faults to me but, it was a well put together movie and I can not wait to see a sequal.

Oh yeah he one other thing. I'm glad I didn't see it in 3D because I only saw one instance of that when the rig blew and the steering wheel came out toward the screen. I bought that was a bit cheesy, but i just looked at it as a homage to the campy 80's cheesy 3D movies.
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