Dan Gertler Reviews: Mad Max- Fury Road

It’s mad, it’s furious, it’s the best action film you’ll see this year.

Set in a future desert wasteland, the little water and gasoline they have left are the people’s last hope for survival. Add to this a vicious dictator, a man with a talent for survival, and a women with a fierce talent to lead, and you’ll have yourself 2 hours of pure entertainment. mad max movie poster

As often predicted in post-apocalyptic scenarios, the world’s civilization has completely collapsed, morally and physically. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), is held prisoner by the War Boys, an army led by the monstrous Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), one of Joe’s lieutenants, and one of his most talented soldiers, turns out to have betrayed him. She has taken
Joe’s 5 wives whom he has selected for breeding and plans to win their freedom.

Some of the scenes border on the insane. For example, Max, like many others, is being used as a human blood-bag that feeds the War Boys. The film is riddled with unclear moments, when reason and logic are pushed to their maximum. But the beauty of it all is that you don’t have to understand everything. You know It is horrific and terrifying, and you know who the bad guys are right from the start.

Summarizing the plot of this film is both impossible and unnecessary. What you need to know is this. Every detail is thought of, which is why even though you may not understand the meaning of everything at first you will get it eventually. Not only for the outstanding performances of the actors (which is often missing from action films), the film has been widely acclaimed. It has received no less than ten Academy Award nominations, winning six for its production values. Among my favorites: Best Sound Editing, and Best Custom and Production Design. No doubt, the effects, the colors, and the rhythm of the film are so fascinating, you literally can’t miss one second.

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