By Filthy Rich (New York)


Deep in the recesses of our imagination dwells an aftermath of our present path to oblivion; A world that eventuates in our subconscious minds through the nightmares of dust and bone, captured through the articulate artistry of a single man that realizes our own apprehension to face the inevitable future in this reality, actually fuels our desired need for entertainment in order to escape the boring and predictable normality of everyday life.

Writer and Director: George Miller has authorized a world where motives are traveling on the misguided road to malevolence and self-serving agendas or are just simply centered on the personal needs of survival, only assisting others in an appearance of benevolence, but solely attributed to guilt and haste. Tangible ‘goodness’ spawned from love and compassion is buried in the past land that hides under the decay of dust and bone, covered by the sands of time that overwhelms our prior life in a crushing defeat.

Through the haze of desolation, brings forth a man whom suffers from this inspired guilt that struggles against his self-preservation instincts to kill or be killed; to do whatever it takes to ensure that these necessary allowances to live are fully and generously provided at the expense of someone else’s misfortune or demise. Haunted by a ‘Post-Apocalyptic Traumatic Stress’ of his murdered family, Max exists in a reality that most of us would either die from the lack of execution to cross those roads out of fear or be assimilated by the cold-hearted routine of misery and despair that breathes fires to this warped sense of direction that proceeds in its appetite for Madness.

This movie begins with the immediate introduction to this character, but unfortunately his presence, although noted, is not the predominate one we have grown accustomed to seeing in prior films, even though he has always been created and utilized by the restraints of another person’s perception. So traveling on its own steam, is this an acceptable scenario? Is it justified for him to take a backseat for a third of the movie in order to introduce new and appealing characters to this franchise that would most-likely resurface in future films? Possibly, depending on the rest of the movie; but as the second act begins and ends, it’s evident that now our hero is taking a side seat to allow development of those same characters, and only to be subtly relevant for most of the film, but ignoring that for a moment this was a marvelous display of action and effects at their finest, but whether or not this rendition provided, actually deserves to be submitted into the ‘action movie hall of fame’ is considered by the viewer because, in my own opinion, this movie defies the limitations of brainless action with a potential exceptionalism in its craft, but in a way, it’s glory drives side-by-side with its shame.

‘It’s brilliant’, ‘it’s awe-inspiring’, ‘a nonstop adrenalin rush’ and the ‘exciting to watch’ statements that most reviewers have provided in their positive claims identifies an accurate interpretation, but because every frame was a visual masterpiece; because the action choreography is so hypnotic to the child in me that rubber-necks to its destructive promises and pretty colors: blazing fire in a dull greyish world; my expectations for more ignites and bursts with passion for substance: a pivotal feature that evolves a good movie to one that will live eternally through the generations to come.

This movie’s plot is as simple as travelling from point A to point B, but when watching this franticly dangerous expedition, the subplots are endorsed more obviously and the viewer begins to realize that the fan worship toward one single character is fading, and is nodded with approval as soon as we are won over by Imperator Furiosa and Nux played by Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, whom provides absolute stellar, multidimensional performances that enhances the credibility of this film up to considerable levels; but when Tom Hardy receives his moment to shine in the third and last act, we become more aware of his visual presence with climatic action sequences and fighting scenes that would widen even Schwarzenegger’s eyes, but I personally believe, they made him too vulnerable and not much of an asset to the mission’s success; at least not remarkably more than any other member of the group and that’s what I personally desired to see. Figuratively speaking, he was never in the driver seat in this movie, only taking the wheel from the passenger seat briefly when Furiosa herself had to save the day, or save Max.

I’m excited to watch my heroes be heroes: to be noticeably outstanding in their sentimental reflection to help the helpless, or even just to assist the strong and awesome female character in her own role, but in a way that shows off his OWN excellence. The antagonist and protagonist tension that supports a great movie was so apparently and so profoundly between Furiosa and Immortan Joe played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, where Tom Hardy was not even relative to their interactions; and not only did Furiosa rule the road with complete competence and strength without Max’s practically irrelevant presence, but even Nux seemed to commandeer more of the heroism that I desired for Max.

If one can judge the movie as a whole, then all the small problems can be overlooked: such as a slightly rushed respect and trust between all these cynical characters, and the lack of mediating scenes to build and tie together the moments of silence and rage, but if you are treating this movie as a cult appreciation for a single character in Max, analyzing his every move with devotion and blind love as us fans tend to do on occasion, then you may walk away a bit disappointed, depending on your expectations.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a great movie with a few minimal problems and one major one in my own eyes, but you may perceive it differently. Either way, I still give it my highest honor and claim that it is absolutely worth seeing in the theaters. If you are aware of my critique and are still excited to see it then, I’m sure you will enjoy the experience, and for those on the fence about seeing it in theaters, the visual effects and score are superior, and the performances are terrific. If they weren’t, then I have two other grades: it can wait until cable or dvd, or never see this and burn all copies. Any other grading system is for measuring levels of greatness or poorness, but that’s for you to decide.

See it, wait, or burn it, I believe is all you need to know or want to know before you use your own subjectively unique mind and taste to decide. So bottom-line, if you were excited by the trailer, it is definitely worth your time and money.

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