THE NEW MAD MAX DELIVERS MAJOR ACTION AND THEN SOME

 

The future is back, and belongs to women. The new chapter in the dystopian Mad Max saga is as hyperbolic and crazy as expected and will not disappoint old fans or new. And there’s a surprise feminist twist in its plot.

 

In a panorama of superficial action movies, Mad Max: Fury Road delivers what it promises in all of the trailers… Perhaps even giving us more. The plot is basic and raw but efficient in its metaphor, and speaks volumes about our present society.

 

Nothing is changed: we still fight for petrol and water; the masses are still enslaved; and the rulers are ugly, short sighted and full of themselves. Humankind still lives for the thrill and for the violence... So it's not surprising that our Max doesn't look so mad among such good companions.

 

Tom Hardy has the physicality and the voice to portray our reluctant hero, but he doesn't have that manic glint in his eyes that made Mel Gibson’s original character such an impressive icon.

 

His craziness is in the form of hallucinations (frankly, a bit of a boring form of madness compared to the lucid horror of everybody else) but he is a survivor and that's what he does best.

 

The real main character is Furiosa, a bad-ass played by Charlize Theron, conscious of being the catalyst of the story... She's crazy, completely mad and in search of redemption.

 

And it’s through Furiosa that Mad Max: Fury Road really wins points. She laces a kind of old-school feminism through the story – giving it a kind of Alien-for-the-new-century status.

 

Add to this special effects that are less gratuitous than anything proffered by the Fast & Furious franchise and you’ve got positive points all-round for this new Mad Max flick.

 

‘MAD MAX: FURY ROAD’ IS IN CINEMAS MAY 15.

MOVIES

2015-05-14

BARBARA BERTOLI

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