Kyle J. Steenblik

Mad Max: Fury Road is the Most Surprisingly Great Film of 2015

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5 stars out of 5Mad Max: Fury Road
Directed by: George Miller
Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
mad max fury roadStarring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton
Running time: 120 minutes
R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images

There are a few sentences I never thought I would write, even now I have trouble believing the things I am about to say about a Mad Max film.  Among the unbelievable statements is that Mad Max: Fury Road is, and will be, one of the best films of the year.  Followed by; Mad Max: Fury Road has more female protagonists than any box office hit this year, and Charlize Theron portrays the strongest cinematic hero in recent memory.  If that wasn’t enough, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most complex and nuanced cinematic stories in the past year, maybe past five years, or decade, with a drivingly insistent film score, intricate cinematography, and insanely elaborate practical stunts.  Finally: Mad Max: Fury Road is an incredibly smart and sophisticated film, filled with nuanced characters, satire, social commentary, and clever and humorous dialogue.  If you cannot believe what I just said about a Mad Max film, don’t worry, I can’t either.  The last time we walked through this universe we entered The Tunderdome, ruled by Tina Turner.  So on a scale of improbable things; this was just behind Dr. Oz providing legitimate medical advice.  It is for these reasons I believe this will be known as an incredibly surprising gem of a film, and should mark a turning point for future cinema, and action films in particular.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy stars in the title role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz plays Toast, Riley Keough is Capable, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is Splendid, and supermodel Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.

Courtesy Warner Bros.
 I have no more to add that everyone else here on our site has not already said.  This is an unexpectedly great film, in every possible way.

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