Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in, and a reboot of, the Mad Max movie series directed by George Miller. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by vast deserts, where water is a scarce and extremely valuable resource. Max Rockatansky, a survivor, is caught up in a conflict between Immortan Joe, the ruthless leader of a gang called the War Boys, and Imperator Furiosa, a tough woman seeking redemption for her actions. Miller has created an intriguing film that is visually stunning, full of action and well-acted characters.
The film uses its expansive setting and lore to create a simple and easy-to-follow plot that sees the unlikeliest of characters working together to achieve their own goals. The script might be seen by some as bare and minimalistic, but the main focal point of this movie is its action, which it has in spades. The entire film is a nearly two-hour action sequence, with spectacular action set pieces involving vehicular and hand-to-hand combat, with the focus being the vehicles the inhabitants of this wasteland have managed to create with what resources they could find.
Another main aspect of the film is its characters. The world of Fury Road is filled with characters ranging from normal to downright bizarre, and it is the phenomenal acting that brings these characters to life. Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa bring a sense of desperation and ferocity to the film by doing whatever they deem necessary to survive. Other characters, notably Nicholas Hoult as Nux, add a little humanity to the story to balance out the cast. One drawback is that there is no character development, which leads to some one-dimensional characters. However, this is overshadowed by the brilliant performances of the main and supporting cast, as well as the fairly large roster of characters. Fury Road’s soundtrack, created by Junkie XL, is a wonderful score that brings every facet of the movie to life, from the action sequences to the more emotional scenes.
Miller’s latest film is a true action movie and delivers nothing but spectacular, non-stop, brutal, thrilling combat. Elements found in most movies, such as character development and a fully developed script, may be absent from this film, but for what it is and the genre it represents, Mad Max: Fury Road is extraordinary.