Mad Max: Way Beyond Thunderdome (but in a good way)

Fantasy cars, kick up blazing sand in harsh desert heat to introduce George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. This film is a revival of earlier films: Mad Max (1979), with Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky. Two sequels followed: Mad Max 2, or Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, (1985).

In this dytopian narrative, Austrailan law and order has broken down after a massive energy crisis. Though cities continue to survive, motorcyle gangs become sources of terror; and in this film they are trouble makers on an monumental scale.

In Fury Road, Max (Tom Hardy), a man of few words, defends himself from the menacing Imortan Joe, whose principle female warrior, Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, has defected. She is rescuing other women that Joe has enslaved for bearing children. Eventually Furiosa is foregrounded as the leader against the villain, Joe.

In Fury Road,  women become warriors equal to, if not stronger than the male characters. Characters have dimension, but still remain enshrouded in the action on screen.

The set units for the film are actually the road vehicles. What was Max’s first car, the yellow Interceptor from the 1979 production, has evolved into fantasy vehicles that become battleships on wheels.

The special action effects are convincing, because computer generated effects are used only to enhance or alter real car crashes, explosions and other and amazing stunts.

This is not  romantic, comic-relief film, like Marvel productions. Any passion in the film is turned toward survival, as if violence brings redemption in a lawless time. Overall, casting and action they carry the film throughout.

If you are a plot-driven moviegoer looking for subtexts of romance and sacrifice, this film is not for you; but if you are looking for action, effects and battles for survival, then you should see this film.