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Our heroes have travelled from their War Rig (Renault Clio) into the great sizzling daylight they call home (a cloudy day in Britain) to henceforth seek the wonders of the newest releases to be revealed in Film Land.
In other words, we went to go see the new Mad Max film.
I’ve never seen such clear skies in this film!
Being a Welshman, I figure you haven’t seen many clear skies at all.
Harsh as that sounds, it be all true.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Duration: 2 Hours
Release Date: 14/05/2015
In a bleak post-apocalyptic future where humanity is broken: Max (Tom Hardy), a man that has nothing to lose, gets caught up in a feud between Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
It’s been thirty years since Mel Gibson’s take on Max in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and countless hours for George Miller to get this film out of what looked like production hell ten years ago.
I can safely say that his patience has been well rewarded.
George Miller’s newest creation has given hope to cine-philes everywhere that when doing a reboot, it doesn’t have to spiral out of control from the original canon, and it can be watched by fans and new fans alike.
It appears that George Miller has decided not to reboot just the first film from the initial trilogy starring original Max, Mel Gibson. In this one, it looks like he’s taken both the first and second film and moulded them together to create madness in an unprecedented scale that even The Joker would be proud of.
In the first film, it was centred around Max getting his revenge for the death of his family, but because that would take too long, we’re given the situation and the troubled past of Max within the first 5 minutes of the film. It’s as if George Miller decided to bottle down the troubled protagonist with a car chase and extremely disturbing flash backs of his family being slaughtered, giving us the knowledge that this is a man of few words and a harsh past. There’s no scene to explain what’s wrong with him to other characters, no wallowing in guilt. The film allows you all you need to know about a character from the look of his surroundings. In a horrible future where you have to survive every day, getting to know someone’s past is not really the priority.
In the second film, Max goes to help a community against a bunch of bandits, and this is where the mould of both films comes to play. Stuck in a situation after being caught, Max tries to flee from his captors, but he needs the help of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who has her own agenda by going back to her homeland.
In one word, this film can be described as; non-stop. There is so much car chasing, car smashing, cars-plosions, and flaming exhausts that a petrol head might just rip his cock off in excitement. And that is where the excitement solely lies, this is not a film about revenge or murder, it’s all about survival.
Story aside, we have to tip our hats to the special effects crew on this film. Not only the work on all those rigs and cars, to which look absolutely amazing, but the blasts are overly impressive and are done very well. In fact, we can say that some of these effects might have been inspired from Dune, with people having grotesque deformities and machines to support them.
Special mention goes to the stunt crew as well. Some of the gymnastics they had to go around on cars, bikes and lorries are so breathtaking, it’s a wonder why the Oscars have yet to fit a category for them.
What’s great about the feel of this picture is that, with a lot of post-apocalyptic films, you have the contrast decreased and the saturation slightly obscured to make it have that bleak look, where as in this, the first thing you notice is that the saturation has been whacked up on the high to you have everything that’s all vibrant with colour against the Nambian desert.
Lewis, what do you think?
I love everything about this movie. I love that it is just ease of flowing from car chase to car chase, and that it never gets boring! I was stunned that we went straight into the film within the first minute with that awesome car chase!
But what got me really impressed was that the film didn’t explain anything in detail with prattling lines, it showed you, like, the whole society of which these people live in, in a few key moments that made you smart enough to know what was going on.
Well, smart enough for me anyway. I loves the whole jumping and back –flip of cars like they were doing the Olympics for Car Gymnastics. I was giving a ten for most of the scenes. Like all these War Boys in the film, you get to know their culture not through someone explaining, but through their actions. Like when they spray paint their mouths, it’s a rite of passage for them, almost like they’ve formed this weird religion on cars.
Speaking of which, what it felt like in this movie, is…well. You know when you have an epic space battle in a sci-fi?
Well it felt like that, but real and with cars and lorries instead of ships. See when they bring out space battles, they have the one ship they concentrate on and it’ll be weaving and evading all sorts of business, and then you have the next shot of the protagonist’s face or some extra falling because of an explosion, so the filmmakers don’t have to concentrate on the battle as much and not put hours and hours of questionable CGI into the film.
Whereas with this, it’s all real. Those are real cars all modded out with explosions all on those vehicles giving a realistic “battle”.
I swear Tom Hardy has like, less lines then Schwarzenegger in T2, then in this film.
He really doesn’t talk much in this film. But it was played well when he’s shows his emotions through his body language.
I think the whole screenplay was done very well. See, everything was done with such a perfection, you almost miss Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in this film.
She’s in this film?
Yeah man, she’s the one with the baby.
Bugger me and all, it is her!
Didn’t the two hours for you like fly by?!
They did a bit.
I say we deck out the Clio know with awesome spikes and an exhaust that would burn a man face off!
Stay away from my car!
Look out for?
Don’t know his name but you can’t miss him, he’s the guy wearing a red onesie that plays, quite literally, a double guitar/flamethrower on the back of a rig that can only be described as superfluous.
Oh my god he’s my hero! The bungee, the guitar, the thrusting of the pelvis. Honestly that extra is my hero, to do all that AND GET PAID! Let’s name him Red Onesie!
Fast-paced, thrilling, high-octane madness that fans and new fans of Mad Max will adore. It just goes to show that a story doesn’t have to have pages of back log for fans to understand. Some people just want the carnage without all the faffing about.
Undoubtedly 5 out of 5 stars, I dare say that no other film will reach this sort of high calibre…until later on this year. (December 18th)
I loves it! Defo 5 out of 5 stars for me. This film be popping!