Put the pedal to the metal for the latest release in the ‘Mad Max’ franchise.

Take this note: I did not see the previous three ‘Mad Max’ films, so I have no prior knowledge of this ‘Mad Max’ universe, and so I walked in to this film knowing nothing about this world, but having not seen the previous films, it isn’t hard to recognize how this world works.

In a post-apocalyptic world where gasoline and water are in short supply by a ruling king Immortan Joe. After being captured by the War Boys, Max joins the long ride as they chase Imperator Furiosa, who has taken five of King Immortan Joe’s wives, heading towards the East. From there, all hell breaks loose.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is an action spectacle, surrounded by immense direction by George Miller and perfectly choreographed action, ‘Fury Road’ has the perfect blend of practical and visual effects, that is so rare to come by in feature films these days, reminiscing the past of 80’s fueled action.

The acting performances are mainly great, with the stand-out being Charlize Theron, providing the heart and emotion to the film, in an all-out action extravaganza.

The lack of a strong story could be the film’s downfall, as the story takes the backseat to its amazing high stakes action sequences, but even still, the characters have goals, instead of a solid long-term story. The film is set up from getting to point A to point B, and still, the film could have just delivered on action, and its fans would have still loved it.

The villain doesn’t have much character as I would have liked, and is mainly a secondary character to the Furiosa and Max show.

In the end, I had a really good time watching this film, as it feels like an arty blockbuster which I don’t think we’ve ever seen to this scale before, as it delivers on action, spectacle and visuals, with some heart and emotion somewhere in between.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a lovely day at the theatre, for fans and non-fans alike.

DB+ AB+

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