The trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t excite this critic. Thankfully, the movies are not determined by their trailers. Mad Max: Fury Road is one thrilling, action packed, and entertaining movie. Fury Road can be compared to Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla, two summer blockbusters that came out last year.
Fury Road begins with Mad Max, Tom Hardy, roaming the apocalyptical Australian Wasteland while being chased a group called War Boys. He’s captured and used as blood blank. The War Boys are led by a fascist leader, Immortal Joe, who controls every valuable resource. One of his top lieutenants, Furiosa, and a group called five wives, which Immortal Joe uses for reproduction purposes, wants to escape from his control and heads for a potential paradise. Max is taken by his blood recipient, Nux, to pursue the wives with Immortal Joe and the rest of the War Boys. Max must decide to aide Furiosa and the five wives or not helping them and becoming that lone wolf who wanders the desert.
The trailers for Mad Max and Edge of Tomorrow were so awful that critics thought the movies could flop at the box office. Edge of Tomorrow didn’t flop and Mad Max is poised to be a mega hit with audiences. Mad Max like Edge of Tomorrow is filled with heart pounding thrilling action that will keep the audience’s attention. The film stars with a car chase and the stunts and action sequences keep getting more insane as the movie goes on. The action sequences in Mad Max help tell the story and a few times I caught myself leaning forward in my seat with my heart thumping while watching every major action scene in the movie. Fury Road is for all of the major action movie addicts who want to stuffed popcorn in their face while watching this flick. The sequences have little CGI and are practical action stunts like 80’s action movies. One negative aspect of the film is the lack of Mad Max being the main character.
Mad Max and Godzilla suffer from main character shortage. Godzilla had like 10 minutes of screen time in his movie. Mad Max has more screen time but really isn’t the main character. Furiosa is main character of the film. Max is heavily involved with the plot and action sequences but it felt like we were watching a movie about Furiosa and not Mad Max. Furiosa is a strong heroic character but the movie is titled Mad Max and not Furiosa after all. Tom Hardy really never got a chance to shine as Mad Max emotionally but he does kick a lot War Boyz butt.
Mad Max: Fury Road gets a 4/5 because the movie isn’t about Mad Max but he’s heavily involved with the action and plot.