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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Movie Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 120 minutes, featurettes, deleted scenes, DVD, Digital HD Ultraviolet copy

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 DD, Portuguese 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

 

STUDIO: Warner Bros Pictures/ Village Roadshow

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 5-15-2015

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 9-1-2015

 

STARRING Tom Hardy (Max), Charlize Theron (Furiosa)

DIRECTED by George Miller

In the near future, Max (Hardy) is surviving out on the wastelands as he is running from the dead (haunted by visions of the people he couldn’t save) and the living (scavengers).   He is captured by Immortan Joe’s War Boys and branded/ tattooed as a donor.   Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa (Theron) is planning to escape to the Green Place she remembers from childhood and she is taking Immortan Joe’s breeders with her.  Soon the chase is on as Joe wants his breeders back and Furiosa to be punished before she dies.   Max manages to get free and he reluctantly joins Furiosa in her quest to get the breeders to a safe place.

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is an over-the-top action film with an epic music score by Junkie XL.   It is a sight to behold as George Miller has created one of the best MAD MAX films on a visual level.  The first two have more believable plots and even the third one has a plot that doesn’t escape logic as much as the apocalyptic future imagined on a grand scale in this latest film which re-imagines the MAD MAX series.   It flows with a perfect pace as the action is paced with character moments in-between the big action scenes which are a visual sight on the scale you have never seen before in this series.  It was originally imagined as a fourth entry in the series starring Mel Gibson, but after being shelved years ago before filming and some false starts due to very wet Australian weather.   The harsh landscape of the Namibian desert fits the peak landscape of a world gone mad as a few still look for hope in a harsh future after everything has fallen apart.  Every scene is filled with so many details that multiple viewings will reveal more and more what work has went into this production which was a long (and sometimes hard shoot for some of the actors).  I hope another MAD MAX movie does get made soon even if it isn’t on the scale as this movie (which probably has a bigger budget than the first three movies combined).   I think any movie coming out this season is going to find it hard to match the sheer joy I experienced watching a movie that has lived up to the insane trailers.   Don’t miss out on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD as it is probably going to the best popcorn summer action movie of this year.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

MAXIMUM FURY: FILMING FURY ROAD (28:38)- an in-depth look at the making of the movie with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and film clips

MAD MAX: FURY ON FOUR WHEEELS (22:37)- a look at the vehicles of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE ROAD WARRIORS: MAX AND FURIOSA (11:18)- Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron talk about the characters of Max and Furiosa.  Also Tom and Charliza talk about how it was to film the movie out in the desert.

 

THE TOOLS OF THE WASTELAND (14:36)- a look at the production design of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE FIVE WIVES: SO SHINY, SO CHROME (11:11)- interviews with the actresses who play the wives of Immortan Joe

FURY ROAD: CRASH & SMASH (4:04)- a quick look at the pre-production tests and raw production footage to show how the stunts in the movie were all real

 

Three deleted scenes that are interesting to watch, but they add nothing to the movie

 

Also included is the movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to download and stream a Digital HD Ultraviolet copy of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is an impressive action chase movie with real depth no matter how many times you watch it.  The behind-the-scenes footage provides good material on how the movie was made and tells how it was like to make this sequel.

 

This review is 9-5-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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