Film Review – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; Australia/USA; Colour; 120m) ∗∗∗  d. George Miller; w. Nick Lathouris, Brendan McCarthy, George Miller; ph. John Seale; m. Junkie XL.  Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Angus Sampson, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Stephen Dunlevy. Mad Max (Hardy) is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Theron). Breathtaking action sequences and imaginative design work are key strengths of an otherwise empty chase movie. Theron is impressive, but outside of the muscular action scenes Hardy has little acting to do other than grunt his lines. Miller succumbs to predictable Hollywood conventions in latter stages. Also shot in 3-D. [15]