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Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

This review is a little late, but I really like this movie. If you haven't seen this movie you should got out and see it. If you're a fan of the Mad Max franchise, then you must see this movie. Even if you aren't a fan of action films generally, Mad Max: Fury Road is the kind of film you can enjoy.

The plot of Mad Max: Fury Road (MMFR for short) is perfect for an action movie. Just enough is explained to give the driving and fighting scenes meaningful stakes, and yet not so much exposition is given as to make you question whether the universe is well constructed. Sometimes action films try to do too much, or try to go too deep with their lore. This can work out even with plot holes (Inception, The Matrix), but most often it does not (pretty much all of the other Wachowski films, etc). Mad Mad's plot manages to avoid this. Partly because so little of it gets explained, it avoids collapsing on the weight of its own loopholes. And yet what you do see manages to engross you, moreso because of its brevity. You leave with a sense of the Mad Max universe being more whole than is shown and in fact want to know more.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are great leads, but it is really Nicholas Hoult, as Nux, that is the breakout character of this movie. He plays his role not only enthusiastically, but also manages to make Nux fleshed out. His character gets probably the most growth throughout the film and in a sense becomes a third protagonist, the best proxy for the audience in the movie. It's this characteristic of Nux that makes him the character people will find themselves unexpectedly involved in.

None of this, however, would really matter if the action sequences weren't great, which they are. They stylistically fit well with the Mad Max universe, and can only really be described as "fucking awesome." I don't think there was a single moment when I thought that the action was too ridiculous or too plodding, and though I wanted to see more of it, I wanted to see more of this entire movie.

I hope that the inevitable sequel to this movie keeps what is good going. The tight action sequences, the right balance of plot, and the great acting are all what made this film. And while I don't necessarily expect Tom Hardy (or Hoult as Nux) to be back, whatever characters and actors they decide to sign up should try striking the right balance as well. MMFR manages to be a serious film that doesn't take itself too seriously, a feat that's rare, but makes for a great movie. If you haven't seen it already, you should.