Mad Max: Fury Road

May 15, 2015

Tom Hardy in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

Directed by: George Miller

Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris

Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Megan Gale, 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

Rating: R (for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images)

Running Time: 120 minutes

The MAD MAX: FURY ROAD story is shot out of a canon so fast that there is very little if any first act to this film. This structural deficiency, considered a minor one by the film’s rabid fan base, diminishes an audiences’ emotional connection to the characters. It isn’t until halfway through the film that you start to connect to Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her mission. This lack of a first act would usually tank a film, but writer/director George Miller has created such an amazing apocalyptic visual feast with animalistic punk hordes and hyper-realistic action sequences, that the script’s limitations are virtually imperceptible. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a good, fun ride. Don’t wait for Netflix, cable or DVD. This is a film that must be seen on the big screen.

Grade: A-