MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Review - That's A Lot Of Chase Scenes

MAD MAX FURY ROAD movie review

If you like lots of action, with lots of "car" chase scenes, pepperred with lots of action, then this action film is for you! In fact there's so much action in Mad Max: Fury Road that when I took a moment to read over the Powerball numbers during the film, I think I missed about 10% of the dialog from the movie!

The synopsis:

Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrant called Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside a desert fortress called "the Citadel." When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.


Mad Max Fury Road starts out with almost ZERO back story to bring you up to speed, but seems, the filmmaker expects you to know things.

In the beginning of the film Max gets captured by one gang who uses him as a living blood bag. Through various events we do eventually learn little clues about how the world came to be the way it is in the film.

It takes half the movie full of chase scenes from point A to point B across the desert to start getting any story out of the characters.  I was getting worried it was going to be nothing but action, since the first 45 minutes was nothing but that. Then there was almost 30 minutes of conversation, then it was back to the action for the rest of the movie, as, for some reason, they decide to go back from point B to point A!


There were some grand vistas of desert and desert storms and desert dust storms kicked up by the souped up cars, motorcycles, semis and monster trucks racing back and forth.

I am truly confused how some can call this the best film of 2015, when all it really amounted to was just another summer action flick. Now to be fair, Rotten Tomatoes called it the best film of the year. Warner Bros owns Rotten, and Warner Bros distributed the film. I'll let you do the math on that one.

Then there's how Roger Ebert described part of the film, where,

"The pacing, the sound design, the editing, the music (courtesy of Junkie XL and some of Joe’s freaks who play drums and electric guitars during the action), and even the emotional stakes are all so far above average that they make just about any other car-chase movie look like a quaint Sunday drive by comparison. The first chase in “Fury Road,” as Joe’s men catch up to Furiosa and her precious cargo, is one of the most remarkable action sequences in film history."

I apologize and mean no disrespect, but that's one pile of horse dung. I just did not see that, but rather, cars and trucks racing across dirt, with a touch of Michael Bay blowing things up in the mix.  Just saying, though nothing did turn into a Transformer... which might have helped enjoy the movie.

But then again, this is Hollywood and the name of the game is being "really nice" to each other, especially when someone is part of the "machine," like George Miller could be considered as.

And what's up with Tom Hardy roles? When he played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, well, it seemed he channeled Bane again, though he was slightly better to understand this time around and he mumbled one to three word phrases during the loud action.

Hardy delivered Max in a quirky, terse and potentially insane sort of way but did not really pull me in, despite my liking the actor.

Up until we finally hear Furiosa speak, most everyone else yelled or mumbled over the action, but once she speaks, the film got better with her tough but smooth voice. Otherwise, it was nothing but a racing flug-fest and a bit disappointing in that fashion.

Now I get people wanting to escape life and go enjoy a film, but I was stunned with the IMDb score of 8.2 and other collected critics praise of the film, but if you read the reviews carefully, you'll see most of them praise the filming.

I'm glad I didn't drop money on this flick at the box office but I didn't feel like it was a total waste of time.


For those of you who need a little humor, check out this Honest Trailers take on the movie... totally hilarious:

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