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Film Review: Mad Max: Fury Road - the Black and Chrome Edition


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After being teased in December of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road has finally been given the black and white, or as the title suggests Black and Chrome, treatment.

After having a one day release in cinemas, the new edition is now available to pick up on Blu-ray.

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For those who can’t remember, Mad Max: Fury Road follows road warrior and former police officer Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) as he tries to survive in a world devastated by an oil crisis. After being captured by the group known as the War Boys and used as a blood bank, Max finds himself caught up in an escape attempt by warlord Immortan Joe’s (Hugh Keays-Byrne) wives, led by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Agreeing to aid Furiosa in an attempt to flee himself, Max and the wives endure on a deadly journey to the fabled Green Place whilst trying to outrun the War Boys and their fleet of enhanced vehicles.

Returning to the world of Mad Max through black and white offers a new perspective of the world. As opposed to the vibrant colours of the original film, the black and chrome edition makes the post-apocalyptic world feel much more bleak and desolate. This is an excellent change though, as it gives you more of an idea of just how devastated Max’s world really is.

The black and white also works to the benefit of the films special effects. This is because it camouflages the more obvious effects such as the giant storm in the film’s first chase. Surprisingly as well, the storm sequence feels and looks far more threatening in black and white than it did in full colour due to a lack of visibilty helping to raise a sense of panic.

The only complaint for the Black and Chrome Edition is that the scenes at night are exactly the same as in the original version. Whilst they are still very close to black and white, there is a noticeable tint of blue that feels immediately out of place with the rest of the film. However, this is a minor complaint as these scenes were very close to black and white to begin with.

The film itself is still as entertaining as it was two years ago in terms of action and story. Furiosa and Max’s journey is just as thrilling with the car chases and explosions remaining an impressive spectacle.

This review is not to say that the Black and Chrome Edition is better than the original either. It simply shows the film in a different light. It is interesting to note as well that this version was the original intention of director George Miller and in many ways, this can be seen through how it makes the film feel tonally.

Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road the Black and Chrome Edition is an excuse to revisit an already great film and experience it through a new lens. Beautiful visuals and desolate atmosphere make this version different enough to warrant a re-watch.

Mad Max: Fury Road the Black and Chrome Edition is available on Blu-ray now.


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