Let’s start with a desert, a man introduced as Max, a two headed lizard that’s eaten a minute later by Max, a car – regrouped with broken doors, metal popped tyres then a band of hooligans chasing after Max just another minute on.
Hard to piece together, right?
Well violence – and most especially two hours of it – is hard to piece together but it took George Miller 30 years to birth the fourth movie in the Mad Max franchise.
The movie is themed in a desert where Immortan Joe is the supreme leader of a population starved of water and gasoline, products which, only he has access to and occasionally shares with them. A great amount of detail is invested in presenting the character Immortan Joe as a powerful creature with little chances of death.
His body, vested with plastics, his breath backed up and his franchise of cars and war rigs driven by a committed army of loyalists who would do anything to even get a stare of him in their direction.
The well placed 3D graphics breathe life into the aura of violence that starts as immediate as the first scene and never cease until the last one. Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a kidnapped imperator working for Immortan Joe, is given a war rig to go and return with fuel deposits for the king, unknown to him, Furiosa makes off with all the kings wives stuffed underneath the war rig in an attempt to escape his control.
Their desperation begins to show when Furiosa drives the war rig off-course to head to what she conceives as the green land. Immortan, mad at the discovery of the escape, leads out his entire army of war boys to battle Furiosa. He also enlists the support of Gas Town and The Bullet Farm.
What perhaps George Miller achieves is the subtle distancing of Max (Tom Hardy) away from being the centre of the movie. The constant juxtaposition of Max as a man haunted by his dreams, relying on the help of Furiosa to fight out complicated scenes and him standing out as a voice of reason for Furiosa edges him out of the main focus.
The general concept of the movie though still remains simple. An authoritarian ruler, who, in the use of his power, meets the hard nut of disobedience backed up by the population. Violence and reason settle the score to rig him out of his leadership.
For a 2015 movie, Mad Max; Fury Road is a stand out production with endless violent scenes to keep you at the edges of the cinema seat and perhaps spill popcorn.