All Roads Lead to Mad Max

  • For continuing the brutal vehicular pandemonium; where all events invariably take place in the unforgiving desert highways of Australia. The cult classic Mad Max spearheaded by Mel Gibson had set the series up. Director George Miller with cinematographer John Seale painted the cinematic canvas with metal, gasoline, fire, blood and rubber. The series will be forever remembered for personifying vehicles, especially the sixteen-wheeler; perhaps no other action movie franchise has glorified the desert highway like Mad Max.
  • The frenetic pace of the movie; iIt all started with the first Mad Max (the opening sequence of the 1979 movie started with a speeding car on a desert highway); Fury Road continues with the blistering speed of vehicular chases, crashes, guns and gore. It’s rare to watch a movie with perfect narrative having such a furious pace where the action doesn’t sag, right till the end of the movie. Once again kudos to the director for making the chase movie such surreal and visually stunning, that Fast & Furious series seems like kindergarten.
  • The technical brilliance of Fury Road; besides the awesome camerawork , the Namibian desert sequences and cinematography, the visual effects, editing and the perfect blending of graphic effects with real stunts, makes the movie retain its intensity in each frame. The manner in which the orange, midnight blue and desert texture was combined in the movie canvas, makes it even more stunning from an artistic perspective.

    • The three (rather two) pivotal actors:  Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa), Hugh Keays-Byrne as the megalomaniac Immortal Joe & Tom Hardy (Mad Max). Hugh Keays-Byrne played the psychopath biker Toecutter in Mad Max (1979); this time around, he was equally formidable, marshalling the troop of bad guys with his powerful screen presence, in a get-up which reminds you of Bane (Dark Knight Rises), but a more sinister and spine chilling version. Furiosa is in fact the protagonist of the movie, often eclipsing Max with her combative antics and militant feminism. Unfortunately, Tom Hardy doesn’t reflect that magnitude of raw temper and dynamism as Mel Gibson brought to the prequels. Apparently, the new Mad Max character was deliberately emasculated.
    • The vehicles: The Interceptor, The Gigahorse, The Peacemaker, The Plymouth Rock and of course, the real star of the movie: The War Rig. The improvised designs with spikes all over, reinforced steel cages as driver’s seats, guns attached with gasoline barrels soldered, all hell breaks loose when the ominous vehicles hit the desert highways. The post-apocalyptic world driven to lunacy over gasoline, is powered by the metallic hounds from hell, which literally drives the movie to the hallowed halls of greatest action movies of all time.

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