MOVIE REVIEW: Mad Max Fury Road

BY DARREN JOHN - MAY 15, 2015

The wait is finally over – 30 years after the last installment, Mad Max Fury Road opened last night with special 8pm screenings ahead of its worldwide release today.

The action starts immediately and this desert chase through insanity doesn’t relent for two hours... It's The Road Warrior's big brother back for revenge, a visual feast of extreme characters, outrageous vehicles, incredible action and pure cinematic style – unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Tom Hardy takes Mel Gibson’s place in the role of Max Rockatansky with Charlize Theron and Nicholas Holt supporting as Imperator Furiosa and Nux.

 

Veteran actor Hugh Keays-Byrne plays the menacing Immorten Joe with model turned actress Rosie Huntinton-Whiteley’s character, Splendid, providing an unexpected contrast to Max’s stark world. But it is Theron who steals the show with an intense performance.

The story is simple and can be summed up in just a few lines, but what is incredible is that it’s the unbelievable action sequences, most completed with the minimum help from the CGI team, that carry the story forward and hold your attention all the way to the movie’s explosive end!

Fans of the franchise will lap it up and a new generation of followers will be inspired. Get the biggest box of popcorn you can – you’re going to need it...

Other reviews

Here are a few ratings and what some world critics have had to say:

“With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.”. - Rotten Tomatoes (5 stars: 99% approval).

“From its very first scenes, Fury Road vibrates with the energy of a veteran filmmaker working at the top of his game, pushing us forward without the cheap special effects or paper-thin characters that have so often defined the modern summer blockbuster.”.- rogerebert.com (5 stars:  4/4 rating).

It’s as if director George Miller, who’s mostly spent the past few decades directing and producing family-friendly efforts like the Babe and Happy Feet films, got tired of waiting for everyone else to catch up with the action movies inside his head, and decided to show everyone how it’s done once more.” - thediscolve.com.

"A Krakatoan eruption of craziness". – The Daily Telegraph.

"A tornado tearing through a tea party". – Time Out.

"Some of the greatest action ever put on screen". – Total Film.

Metacritic              -        (4.5 stars: 90% approval).

IMDb                     -        (9.3 /10 approval).