Chris Stuckmann put it best when he said that this was the best 80’s action film not made in the ’80s
Director: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whitenley, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Genre: Action/Science Fiction
Release Date: May 14th 2015
Since the 90’s finished, practically every action film has to have a 12A rating so that it can get as much money as possible, resulting in almost 20 years of pretty watered down action films, but after a 30 year absence Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is back to kick some ass in post-apocalyptic Australia.
Let me say this straight away, this film was AMAZING, it’s two solid hours of cars, violence and beautiful cinematography, taking you right back to a simpler time when action meant action and an 18 certificate wasn’t as rare.
But really and truly this isn’t just a Mad Max film, because Max isn’t the only badass in the movie, you also get Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron, who could be the strongest female representation in action cinema since Ripley in Alien, she not only holds her own against the rampaging hordes of warriors but also helps Max and even outshines him in certain elements, something that frankly George Miller needs to be celebrated for.
Some more of the surprising points of this impressive film is the representation of the bad guys, injecting some back story into their lives and helping you to understand just why they do what they do, especially in the case of Nicholas Holt’s character Nux, the War Boy turned petrol spitting saviour and provider of the best line in the entire movie, oh what a lovely movie.
This film is for everyone that loved the first three movies, people who love Fast & Furious films and feminists that want to see a woman hold her own in a world that takes no pensioners.
If you’re a film geek like me, you may also want to check out the Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome version, which has been re-edited to remove the colours and what you end up with is one of the best black & white films of the last decade, in my opinion of course
If you like: Mad Max 1, 2 & 3, Fast & Furious, Con Air, Predator