Mad Max: Fury Road is easily one of the best action movies I have ever seen. Exciting would be an understatement. This film has: action, drama, suspense,mystery, breathtaking visuals, likeable characters and everything you ever could want in a movie and so much more. George Miller is the genius behind the post-apocalyptic movie series that has been around since 1979: Mad Max followed by three others, including Fury Road. This film revolves around a mysterious man named Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), and his adventures in a post-apocalyptic world. He is pitted against some of the most interesting characters I have seen in a long time. Fury Road throws Max into a dispute between a warlord/cult leader named Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his ex-girlfriend, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Somehow, Max finds himself on Furiosa’s side and wishes to seek redemption from his past by helping Furiosa rescue Immortan Joe’s “treasures,” or women he has captured for breeding purposes. Immortan Joe seeks to create the perfect offspring to lead his cult. Fury Road is essentially a two-hour long car chase. While that might sound a little boring, there are many small details that make the film incredibly exciting. I had to watch it twice to really understand what was going on. You will be absolutely blown away by the utterly amazing visuals Fury Road has to offer. George Miller decided to stick with using practical effects instead of CGI for a good 80 percent of the action sequences. So those exploding cars doing flips in the sand at 130 miles per hour are completely real.
Fury Road has become one of my favorites simply due to its characters and acting. Hardy, one of my favorite actors, absolutely nails Max’s character. He’s quiet, as he only says maybe 50 words throughout the entire film, but there is so much expression and emotion to his character. We learn that Max is troubled and is seeking redemption. Because of that, the audience falls in love with Max. Keays-Byrne, who portrays Immortan Joe, easily has put himself in my top three villain portrayals. He now is right next to Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. Keays-Byrne also played Toecutter in the original Mad Max. At first sight, Immortan Joe comes off as this evil and manipulative warlord who has bred a large cult following full of subjects who would give their lives for him at any moment because of his promise to carry his subjects to the “gates of Valhalla.” As the movie starts to unfold, however, we start to really understand Immortan Joe. Yes, he is evil, but he has motives. He is seeking to find a suitable heir to lead his people.Mad Max: Fury Road is nothing short of an amazing, action-packed action movie that definitely will go down in cinema history in the years to come.