Mad Max: Fury Road is not a reboot of the Mad Max series or a sequel in my view, but an offshoot off of the original trilogy storyline. To me this film represents the adventures Mad Max experiences in the years between Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Max Mad: Beyond Thunder Dome. Max Mad: Fury Road takes places in post-apocalyptic Australia where Max is again on the run from a savage group of people who have carved out a barbaric, but semi civilized society run by a weird looking dude named Immortal Joe. Max, as he has done in previous films uses automobiles and semi-trucks complete with steel plating, harpoons and other creative gadgets to make his escape while being pursued by an assortment of creative mishmash armored and weaponized vehicles, as he leads a group of escapees to a mythical area called the Green Place.
Although this film looks as if it is taking place on an alien landscape, the movie is showing us what the consequences will be for humanity if we continue the destructive road we have set upon. It demonstrates that once we “Break the World” life will just boil down to surviving and focusing on the bare essentials to live, water, food and shelter. Mad Max: Fury Road also shows that humans are resilient and will find a way to make life work even in the direst circumstances.
Mad Max: Fury Road follows the same path as its forefathers by engaging in high energy fight scenes, exciting car chases, stunt work and crashes that will get your heart pumping with adrenaline. This film has everything an action junkie is looking for, and it even comes with its own in-movie theme music, which gives a friendly nod to the Rock Band video games. I found this to be hilarious, ridiculous and cool all at the same time. The story doesn’t break any new ground, and the dialogue is very limited, which is normal for a Mad Max film, but it is very entertaining and worth the price of admission.
If you are looking for an engaging film that is original, but plays in the same sandbox as the original three Mad Max movies, then buy your ticket and see Mad Max: Fury Road.
My Friend John: B