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Logline: In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where water and gasoline are scarce commodities, two rebels join forces to flee a cult leader.

Review: After thirty years since the release of a Mad Max film, George Miller’s stark dystopian world returns to the screen and does not disappoint.

The original Mad Max trilogy includes Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985).  At the moment, I have only seen The Road Warrior, which is truly one of the best of its kind; a relentless action film that is a pure adrenaline rush.  Fury Road takes the action to an entirely new level.  It is astonishing that Miller is able to sustain the film’s action at such a breakneck pace.  Fury Road is beautifully shot and Miller makes great use of the film’s vast desert landscape.  Every grain of sand becomes palpable and the viewer is thrust right into the action.

Despite the title, the film is by no means carried by Max (Tom Hardy) and he is not even the central character.  Rather, the film belongs to Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a strong female character driven to find her birthplace.

Fury Road does not rely on CGI but rather, utilizes many practical special effects.  The film is full of surprises.  Nowadays, it is hard to come by an action film that is as astonishing and unpredictable as Fury Road.  The best part is that Miller has stated that he has two more Mad Max stories to tell.

Rating (out of ****): ***1/2

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