Director George Miller reboots his 1979 Mad Max hit with an over-load of noise, fights and vehicle chases (if you could call them vehicles, that is).
His post-apocalyptic story has warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a big rig trucker taking off with her employer Immortan Joe's (Hugh Keays-Byrne) private harem. He uses the young beauties to breed male heirs to ensure that his cruel reign will continue. He's a grotesque specimen who hoards water and food in his cliff-top cave, releasing a smidgen of both to starving people below. The one-armed, shaved headed Furiosa wants to save the girls by taking them to a place she remembered from her youth, called "the green place".
The film opens with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) being kidnapped by Joe's warriors. He's tattooed, beaten, has a metal mask fixed to his face and hung upside down with intravenous tubes attached to his arm. He's used as a blood resource for Joe's followers. They attach him to one of their trucks and take off after Furiosa with him getting the brunt of every crash.
Max finally escapes, but is chained to a pathetic soul named Nux (Nicholas Hoult) who believes as one of Joe's henchmen, he'll earn entrance to Valhalla if he does his bidding. They grab onto the back of Furiosa's truck as it races through the desert, and the men who are considered enemies, are either pushed off the speeding rig, smacked around or after being deemed of some value to the women, they finally accept their help.
The Mad Max world is a creative mishmash of ugliness. From the vehicles that are pieced together with parts from several other cars and trucks, to strange looking creatures that populate the desert who will kill you in a hot minute, to the dialogue that's a mixture of grunts, groans and sometimes indecipherable words - its all a bit crazy, but like a wreck, you can't seem to look away.
Hardy has little to say, he mostly uses his brawn to speak for him. Theron is also given few words, but her face says a great deal. It shows every emotion; her determination, her grit and most of all, her hurt. She has the larger role and stands out in a predominately male-oriented film.
There's so much to experience here. The chase scenes are terrific. One broken down, rusting rig being chased across the sand by a parade of killers. Some on motorcycles, some perched on poles affixed to the roof of a truck ready to swoop down and grab one of the women, one truck with a henchman/rocker playing guitar, its odd, but exhilarating cinema. With all the loud action going on, its amazing that Miller can add a scene where Furiosa has a tear running down her face, which brings a little humanity to it all.
Mad Max: Fury Road has crazy action, crazy stunts and is crazy good.