When the news about Mad Max reboot hit the internet last year, everyone was busy making their predictions. And now since it’s out, the internet exploded again, not expecting the reboot to sweep viewers off their feet. George Miller, the original director, teamed up with veteran cinematographer John Seale and created a fast-paced action movie like never before. The opening scene forced viewers into the crazy dystopian desert wasteland controlled by deformed tyrant called Immortan Joe along with his pack of War Boys. The first twenty minutes will be confusing to many, since it compressed multiple story lines and characters, match with fast editing skill into one continuous track. However, once you get used to the film’s style and can actually follow the plot, the Mad Max experience is phenomenal.
Tom Hardy stars as the eponymous Max who got captured by the War Boys, meanwhile Charlize Theron stars as the ultra bad-ass Imperator Furiosa who works for Immortan Joe, that is until she go off track to recover gasoline and escape with five women. In a normal action movie with the given scenario, the male hero will end up saving the day, even when there is already a female hero in the picture. However, Mad Max: Fury Road is not your usual action movies. Theron’s Furiosa is tough yet not condescending. She has got a purpose for being tough. She understand she can’t work alone, she needs Max’s help to save the women. Yet, throughout the movie we never assume she is not in control. There are many kick-ass female characters throughout the years, but hats off to Charlize Theron and George Miller for raising the bar with Furiousa. Tom Hardy’s Max is not secondary either, he does not talk much, true, but he got ‘scene-stealing’ moves with heavily choreographed stunts that will blow your mind.
Penned by George Miller, comic artist Brendan McCarthy and actor/writer Nico Lathouris, Mad Max: Fury Road doesn’t emphasis on character development. We never learn the tragedies behind Max or Furiosa nor the predicament they are in, and that is completely alright (since the sequel is in the making). The mystery can annoy some, yet I found it refreshing… it is an action movie after all. The main theme here is survival, wrapped in full throttle action, and yet it comes with a new twist. Many viewers have commented on the “feminist” take in the movie and it is hard not to. There are psychotic villain and brainwashed buff guys, yet Furiosa’s journey to set free the Five Wives is the driving force behind the film. Watch out for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s Angharad yelling at the top of her lungs “We (women) are not things” in the middle of a dangerous War Rig chase scene.