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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Movie Review

"Oh what a day.....what a lovely day!".

Definitely was a lovely day, and how can it not be when you watch something like this.

Prior to watching this, I did a marathon of the original trilogy and didn't liked them very much. They may have been great in their own time but not anymore. No idea why people loved them. And I was of the opinion that this movie won't be that different from them. Luckily, I was wrong, so very wrong.

The movie takes place in a post apocalyptic world where nuclear war destroyed everything. Chaos and pure madness is what remains. Now, in the previous movies, this whole post apocalyptic world didn't really interest me all that much. But in Fury Road, I got just the type of execution that clicked with me and the world hooked me in. Story was never the selling point of these movies anyway.

Tom Hardy filled in the shoes of Mel Gibson as Mad Max. He played his one of the more typical roles, with less talk and tough guy voice and such, and he was great. Max needed no big introduction or anything and we didn't get one either. However, The character who stole the show was Furiosa, played perfectly by Charlize Theron. She was amazing. Being both tough/badass and emotional/caring. Her character was the center point of the movie and it felt like she is the lead, not Max. The movie could have easily been called "Mad Furiosa: Fury Road". The character development of some characters was pretty good, and all of it was done on the run.

The whole movie is like this one big chase of epic proportions. The action sequences were so satisfying and thrilling. The cinematography was so perfect. The editing and pacing was spot on. Many heart racing and adrenaline injecting sequences. I was in awe multiple times throughout the movie due to the sheer beauty of carnage and destruction at display. What made it even more awesome was that 80% of the action was all practical effects. I mean, WOW, just WOW. Kudos to George Miller and the team.

The movie utilized very vibrant and popping color filters, making every frame, all the destruction and madness more beautiful. The explosions never looked more awesome. And it was a very fresh sight to see too because almost all post apocalyptic movies have bleak degraded colors for dark tone and atmosphere.

The one thing I was most glad about was the Soundtrack. I hated the original trilogy soundtrack. IT was miscued a lot, and was just bad. I'm glad George Miller went with a more modern approach and the resulting soundtrack was great. And Epic. Really made all the action more thrilling.

As for the negatives, one thing that really popped out was that while CGI was sparingly used, and most of it was great, there were some moments where green screen usage was apparent and it REALLY felt out of place because everything else was so top notch. Another thing that somewhat bothered me was the motion direction style that George Miller sometimes adds into his sequences, which makes them feel sped up and jittery.

All in all, this was one HELL of an action movie. It has been a long time since I got this much entertainment from a purely action movie. Don't go into it thinking it has a deep plot and story and whatnot. It is not that type of movie. But it is still a must watch because honestly speaking, it is a work of art for what it was going for.



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