Mad Max: Fury Road

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(2015) ★★★★

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Tom Hardy is Max Rockatansky. Once he was a cop, a road warrior searching for a righteous cause in a destroyed world. Hunted by scavengers, haunted by those he could not protect, his solitary instinct survival. In a wasteland. He doesn’t mention the Thunder Dome. Why would he? That was 30 years ago, when Mel Gibson was Mad Max and Australian film-maker George Miller was seemingly distracted by Duran Duran music videos as he drove his searing action series – Mad Max was good, Mad Max 2 even better – into a dead end.

Miller said Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) took 12 months to make it from script to screen. Fury Road took 12 years. Going far beyond Thunder Dome, it was worth the wait. The Citadel controls the water (although it’s hard to imagine a more wasteful way of distributing it). Its denizens are branded as breeders or battle fodder. And Hardy’s captured Max is trussed up as a ‘universal donor’, a portable blood bag for war boy Nicholas Hoult, one of Immortan Joe’s army of shaven-headed goons dying to enter the promised land – Valhalla.

Charlize Theron’s one-armed rebel Furiosa has had enough of this game of soldiers, and takes off in a battle rig full of breeders – Joe’s harem of ‘wives’. This is no country for young women, nor the old gals on the other side of the fabled ‘green place’. That’s where Theron’s headed, chased by Joe’s army, by Buzzards and Gas Town boys, by Rock Riders and Polecats, and by the Bullet Farmer, who takes note of the chaotic destruction: “All this for a family squabble.”

Brilliantly shot by John Seale and staged with jaw-dropping momentum by Miller, still firing on all cylinders at 70, this is fast and Furiosa. All revved up with no particular place to go, two hours fly by in flurries of ferocious action. An apocalyptic monster truck rally building relentlessly to a crescendo of spectacular kinetic stuntwork. “Out here, everything hurts,” says Theron, who’s the real star of the show. Hardy’s a terrific actor in a role that doesn’t demand much acting. But he certainly looks the part.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 121min

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