“Mad Max: Fury Road” Review

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Nothing has slowed down the world of "Mad Max" and writer-director George Miller seems to have kept his fire burning too.

After about 30 years, "Mad Max: Fury Road" comes to the silver screen and continues on with the vision Miller had in the original trilogy.

"If you are going to go back into the world, you sure as hell cant do what you did 30 years ago," Miller said. "It had to be uniquely familiar. Like visiting an old hometown."

Although with a majority of new cast members, the vision continues on a similar path and will capture new fans and older fans alike.

Max, played by Tom Hardy, is a broken man living in a horrible world.

" I think Max is supposed to be broken. A broken spirited man," Hardy said. "We started off with Max being a sort of nomadic lifestyle. At the beginning, trying to be left alone. Then we see him open up, throughout the movie and connect with humanity around him."

The film is two hours of a full-throttle action car chase, with a great story driving it every step of the way.

There's so much that could have gone wrong with this re-envisioned "Mad Max," but none of it went wrong.

"Because it was so real, with the noise of the vehicles and everyone around being so pumped up on energy, it was easy to just get swept up in the moment," Hoult said.

Max is different, but not in a bad way. The essence of Max is in tact and a new more personality is given brought out of this iconic character once played by Mel Gibson.

"Initially I was daunted because Mad Max is synonymous with Mel Gibson, a much loved character by many," Hardy said. "At the same time I was a little excited to get the job, it's always exciting to get a job. This is such a big fish to land."

As much as the story was about Max, the power continues to grow as Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron, comes in and matches the intensity of Max and adds a subtle emotional side which allows audiences to connect with Furiosa.

"I knew instantly, from understanding the project, that George (Miller) has an innate understanding of what women represent in society and he wanted that to reflect in a post apocalyptic world in the most truthful way," Theron said. "It's interesting doing these press junkets and having people come up to you and say, 'oh strong women, strong women,' and no we are just actually women in this movie. We had a filmmaker who understood that the truth about women are powerful enough. We don't want to be put on pedestals or made to be super unnaturally strong and capable of doing things that we are not capable of doing, but what we are capable of doing is very interesting and really informs a story like this especially."

The over-the-top action brought forth through insane monstrous cars, which could only be seen in a "Mad Max" world, embodied the furious attitude needed to survive the world.

Hoult said, "The first time, maybe it was the first week or second week, that I was sitting in my hotrod and I kind of saw the final for everyone to start all the engines up, there was just this rumbling from all these V8s and V12s around me. It was the first time, on a set, where I got natural chills up and down my skin. Every hair on my body stood up and I though 'This is intense.'"

Courtesy: Thisfunktional

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