RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2015
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures
DIRECTOR: George Miller
RATING: R (for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images)
STARRING: Charlize Theron, Megan Gale, Tom Hardy, John Howard, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Richard Carter, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA , Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic
GENRE: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Mad Max’s adventures started in 1979 and maintained a cult following through the decades and a few sequels. Now, Mad Max is back with the same director and a new lead actor for a new generation. This is movie finds Max being pursued by a band of pasty white raiders. He’s captured and imprisoned to be drained for his blood to help keep the raiders alive. Some of The raiders leader, Immortan Joe’s prized breeder women escape and Max ends up in the middle of the situation while trying to find a way free as well. Now, it’s Max and a group of women trying to evade Immortan Joe and his fanatical followers across desert wasteland.
Tom Hardy takes over for Mel Gibson in the title role. I feel like because of the lack of dialogue from Max, Hardy is unable to perform to his fullest. This also presents an issue as Furiosa (Theron) has way more lines and comes across as the lead of the film. She by all means seems more bad ass than he does as she does so much more in the film. Immortan Joe is played by Hugh Keays-Byrne who fans of the series may remember as Toecutter from the original film. He does a fantastic job as the manipulative warlord. Nicholas Hoult (better known as Beast from X-Men Days of Future Past) is Nux one of those pasty raiders I spoke of earlier. He is one of the more interesting parts of the film and also comes across as more important than Max.
The stunts are amazing and the frenetic nature of the scenery in this movie are cool at first. But, after the 37th car chase scene and yelling mad man jumping after the protagonists it gets old. I found the scenery too similar throughout the film and jsut made me lose interest in the film as I slipped in to a lull. There’s a group of old ladies that kick all sorts of ass at the end of the film. They in their short time on screen they seem more badass than Max and that’s an issue if you plan on making any sequels based around a thoroughly out shined star. This is also not made as a starting point for people trying to get in on the series as they give some back story to Max but they don’t ever explain what exactly happened. It requires that you see the previous movies in the series and that is also a huge issue.
I really wanted to like this movie going in as I think Tom Hardy deserves a superstar making film. But with the co stars out shining his character I don’t believe this will do it for him.I fear it will be too strange for some as well. The endless car chase scenes and the lack of bad-assery from Max hinder this film greatly and offer tedium among flashy distractions.