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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Devastated by a nuclear war, the world is now a vast wasteland. A group of survivors are ruled by a disfigured tyrant (Hugh Keays Byrne). When a truck driver (Charlize Theron) aids a group of fashion models to escape the clutches of the evil tyrant who plans to breed them, he goes after her with everything he's got. This is a pure visceral experience. It's really not a movie, it's a video game disguised as movie (that's not meant as a put down) and the director George Miller directs it with a kinetic energy that leaves you breathless. He hardly gives you a moment to think (which is probably just as well). It doesn't feel like a movie directed by a 70 year old man, the young dogs can learn a few tricks from him. The film starts off with a truly awful pre-credit sequence that had me squirming, "Oh lord, 2 hours of this!" but then grabs you and never lets go. I had a good time. But it's hardly a flawless film. The CGI effects look like computer generated images, okay I can live with but the film is so sped up (no one moves that fast, it's humanly impossible) that it gives the actors a jerky motion when they move. One can't talk about the acting because there isn't any and poor Tom Hardy, inheriting Mel Gibson's old role, barely registers. He simply lacks the screen presence that made Gibson a star but it's Theron's movie anyway. Visually, it's one of the most stunning looking movies I've ever scene and a great score by Tom Holkenborg. With Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington Whiteley. 

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