Thirty years after 1985’s Beyond Thunderdome, George Miller’s iconic road warrior roars into action again for his fourth screen adventure, Mad Max: Fury Road, a two-hour thrill-ride so supercharged with adrenaline-surging excitement it leaves its cinematic rivals in the dust.
Tom Hardy slips ruggedly into Mel Gibson’s battered black jacket as Max, a badass loner adrift in a barren post-apocalyptic world, but he more than meets his match in Charlize Theron’s fiercely resilient, one-armed heroine, Imperator Furiosa, whose bid to rescue a savage warlord’s five-women harem drives the plot.
The film is essentially one long, absurdly thrilling chase, but what makes it so deeply enjoyable is that the stunts and explosions are securely underpinned by a fascinating mythology and masses of weird and offbeat details.
And when it comes to foot-down, hell-for-leather exhilaration, Fury Road makes the Fast & Furious franchise resemble a spin in a Reliant Robin.
Certificate 15. Runtime 120 mins. Director George Miller.
Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blu-Ray™ 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD and 4 film anthology from October 5, courtsey of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.