Director: George Miller Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a loner finds himself helping a group of women to escape from the oppressive town where they live under an unpleasant leader. Involves plenty of chase scenes, sand, and silver spray paint.
I’d heard great things about this film when it was out at the cinema, but never got around to going to see it. Well I’ve finally watched it about a year late, and it was epic. There is minimal plot (basically the group tries to escape and spends the whole film running away from their pursuers) and the whole thing is just so weird- but awesome.
The film won a whopping six Oscars, pretty much all to do with costume design, film editing, sound, and that type of thing. It really is quite spectacular to watch and it well deserved its awards; the whole thing seems to be on such a huge, epic scale. My favourite aspect of the film was the soundtrack: it was suitably loud, aggressive and fast-paced, but the best part was that there is actually a character whose job is to play background music on an electric guitar backed up by enormous speakers to go along with the chase. It’s a clever way of really incorporating the importance of the sound into the plot and progression of the film. Tom Hardy barely says anything through the whole movie, but is clearly one of those actors who can act with just a “presence”, as you really get a feel for the character of Max with hardly hearing him speak (similarly to Leo in The Revenant).
Mad Max: Fury Road is definitely weird but it really is an epic watch. It’s easy to follow and is pretty much one long action sequence so is a good choice if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require too much thinking. It’s a prime example of a film that has really invested in its production, and the bigger the screen the better.