Mad Max: Fury Road 

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road reboot is straight-up, wall-to-wall bonkers

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Noted Australian madman George Miller may have distracted himself (and amused us) with films like Babe: Pig in the City and the two Happy Feet toons, but now it's time to quit goofing around and get back to the dusty, post-apocalyptic wasteland that launched his career. Mad Max: Fury Road reboots Miller's cult-favorite franchise with all the intense, explosive energy you'd expect from a passion project that's been some 20 years in the making. Which is to say, it is straight-up, wall-to-wall bonkers.

Not the story, mind you; that's actually pretty simple. In our ruined future, the Wasteland is run by a grotesque, misshapen tyrant called King Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who has a harem of wives to beget his posterity, and keeps a tight rein on his subjects by controlling the meager water supply. A loner named Max (Tom Hardy) runs afoul of Joe and finds common ground with one of Joe's own officers, a 1.5-armed badass called Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron).

What follows is essentially a feature-length car chase, with Joe's ferocious albino kamikaze soldiers pursuing Max, Furiosa and their small band of survivors, both sides attacking each other without bothering to pull over first. Most of the battle takes place in, on and under the speeding vehicles, which are fortified with armor and essentials like flamethrowers and spiked tires. Amazingly, Miller paces the almost nonstop action so that it's neither tiresome nor hard to follow. No shaky-cam here; we see the spectacular stunts and choreographed fights in full clarity.

The details of Miller's near-future world are a delightful hodgepodge of influences and traditions, hinting at a treasure trove of back story. That compensates for the present characters being merely serviceable rather than memorable—not that such things matter when you're staring goggle-eyed at high-velocity mayhem.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Rated R · 121 minutes · 2015
Official Site: www.madmaxmovie.com
Director: George Miller
Producer: Doug Mitchell, George Miller, P.J. Voeten, Iain Smith, Chris deFaria, Courtenay Valenti, Graham Burke, Bruce Berman and Steven Mnuchin
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, iOTA, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan and Coco Gillies
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Inlander Desert Rage Mad Max: Fury Road will restore your faith in action movies by Maryann Johanson 05/13/2015
Connect Savannah Review: Mad Max: Fury Road The film’s kinetic thrust is breathtaking, with Director George Miller relying as much on physical feats of derring-do as he does on CGI. by Matt Brunson 05/12/2015
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Boise Weekly Pitch Perfect 2 Races Past Mad Max With Outstanding $70.3 Million "People loved the first movie and it resonated well beyond that $65 million that the first film did." by GlobalPost 05/17/2015
Charleston City Paper George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is two hours of pure adrenaline Mad Max: Fury Road is 120 minutes of noise, action, and more noise. It's an unrelenting assault on the eyes and ears that almost feels invasive, as if director George Miller wants us to experience every bone-crushing moment rather than simply watch it. Boy is this a helluva ride. by Dan Hudak 05/13/2015
Chicago Reader Mad Max: A world unto himself The new Fury Road places the postapocalyptic hero against an even more richly imagined landscape. by Ben Sachs 05/20/2015
Boise Weekly Unhappily Never After: Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road Tomorrowland is an idea in search of a movie, Mad Max: Fury Road is a movie in search of an idea. by George Prentice 05/27/2015
Portland Mercury Mad Max for President! The new Mad Max! Not that old one who hates Jews. by Erik Henriksen 05/13/2015
Boise Weekly Pitch Perfect 2 Races Past Mad Max With Outstanding $70.3 Million "People loved the first movie and it resonated well beyond that $65 million that the first film did." by GlobalPost 05/17/2015

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