Mad Max: Fury Road – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Mad Max: Fury Road
Max hasn’t changed that much. He is still wandering through desolated wastelands, he still resents and regrets all the things that have happened to him, and he is still as mad as a hatter.

The Plot
Former police officer Max Rockantasky (Tom Hardy) is aimlessly wandering the harsh post-apocalyptic desert while contemplating everything he has lost; his family, his city, his sanity. Or is he wrong and did the rest of the world go mad? It is hard to think straight. Suddenly the sound of a V8 engine interrupts his inner-monologue and survival instinct kicks in: he needs to escape. But it is too late. Max gets ambushed and abducted, and brought to a place called the Citadel.

The Citadel gets run by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). He has taken the city captive by taking control of its water supply and reigns over its population in a cult-like manner. As long as they worship him he delivers them limited amounts of water. And they do. Especially the younger generation that has been brainwashed to do his every bidding.

The unforgiving environment has taken a toll on the population. The people are weak and carry degrading mutations. To ensure strong and healthy offspring Joe has taken no less than five beautiful wives that carry impeccable genes. He has reached a point in life where securing a strong second generation means everything to him. He has a legacy to worry about.

Immortan Joe’s ambition gets threatened when Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), his once loyal follower, frees all five of his wives and helps them escape. Infuriated by loss and betrayal, Joe commands his personal army the War Boys to find and execute Furiosa and retrieve his concubines. The War Boys bring a caged Max with them to serve as a human blood bag. The chase begins.

Should I Watch It?
What a film, what a lovely film! Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action thrill-ride. It honours the exceptionally bizarre style of its predecessors in a fantastic way; from the costumes, to the vehicles, to a War Boy playing heavy metal on a guitar that spurts fire when hitting the whammy bar. It looks insane yet still perfectly fits this world.

Max, much like in the other Mad Max sequels, is not the protagonist of the story. His character is used to introduce and forward the plot, you see the story through his eyes, but it is the story of who he is looking at rather than his own. In this case that person is Furiosa. Charlize Theron puts on a brilliant show and you will find yourself rooting for her almost as soon as she comes into the screen.

The film contains little dialogue and the story is told mostly through actions and camera shots rather than words. I like this because this means there is little to no unnecessary exposition and you, as a viewer, are challenged to pay attention if you want to follow and understand the story. And with all the awesome things going on, you will want to.

Yes, watch it.


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