Film review: Mad Max - Fury Road
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★★★★☆ Few films manage to live up to the hype. George Miller’s reboot of his insanely glorious Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those few films. What we get is a riot of stunning visuals, superb performances and sound in a high-octane, non-stop car chase. It makes Fast and Furious looks like ‘Slow and slightly peeved’ – this is an action-movie game-changer. Miller handles this reboot cleverly, with just enough nods to the past to keep fans happy whilst moving the franchise into new realms brilliantly. For example, Max’s classic car starts the movie only to be wiped out within minutes and reappear later on as a vehicle Max must battle against – this sums up the nature of the whole movie. George Miller’s madcap vision last seen in 1985’s Beyond Thunderdome benefits from a huge-budget and modern effects, and has never looked better. Like the best comic book art brought life. But still this phenomenal spectacle is made all the more awe-inspiring by the fact that the majority of the stunts are real. Any schmuck can make things look cool with CGI, and Miller has opted for realism in his fantasy world. There is no let up over two-hours of this awesome spectacle of carnage, with a clattering of supped-up junked cars and grotesque bodies battling the ‘Fury Road’.
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