Cast & Credits:
Release date: May 15, 2015 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: George Miller
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
Starring: Charlize Theron, Megan Gale, Tom Hardy, John Howard, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Richard Carter, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA , Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)
Official website: http://MadMaxmovie.com
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the fourth film of George Miller's Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There's Max (played by Tom Hardy from "The Dark Knight Rises"), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And… Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron from "Prometheus"), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Mad Max: Fury Road is simply a bad movie. Not because it lacks a budget ($150,000,000 estimated) and you’d think they could have hired a script writer, also not because it has bad visual effects, in fact these two areas are where the film definitely shines, but these two things alone do not make a good film. The film suffers from poor editing as well. The scenes don’t flow smoothly and it feels like large chunks are missing or someone was in a hurry to get the film completed.
The real weakness is… there is no story. The characters have no depth, to say cardboard cutouts would be a compliment. There is absolutely no character development; the bad guys are the bad guys because they are ugly, deformed and mutated. The good guys, well good guy (Tom Hardy), doesn't suffer from any of these ugly mutations. And (Charlize Theron) always looks good, even missing an arm and with black stuff smeared on her forehead, although we never know why on either count.
MMFR never gives the audience a reason to care about anything or anyone in the film, and without this connection, no one cares what really happens, as long as it looks awesome and goes boom. The character of Mad Max is a wimp, he is not the Mad Max of earlier films and not the character Mel Gibson made iconic.
If you like movies with characters that you can remember, (come to think of it I can’t remember hardly any of the character names in the film, I’d have to go to IMDB to find out, if I cared enough.) this is not it.
If you want a movie that makes you think, or tells a wonderful story, look elsewhere.
On the other hand if story doesn’t matter, characters are unimportant, but the action and visuals are as far over the top as you can get, then this movie is for you.
Hopefully, the future Blu-ray release will be an extended cut, where they put some story back in to the film, if so, maybe there will be some hope of redemption for this film.
Did You Know?
Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron's left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.
This is the second Mad Max featuring Hugh Keays-Byrne. He played the villain Toecutter in Mad Max (1979).
Instead of the reboot being a remake of the original "Mad Max", revealing how Max Rockantasky became The Road Warrior, George Miller decided that the reboot will take in the post-apocalyptic Australia, years after the new Max (Tom Hardy) lost his family, because he did not wish to do a remake or retell the story that had already been told and had wanted to update the universe and the wasteland and wanted new moviegoers to remember Max as a man with nothing to lose after losing his family.