2015-05-15

Mad Max: Fury Road – A worthy reboot!

by Yo Snyder

Let me just come out say right off, Mad Max: Fury Road hits a home run and is well worth seeing on the big screen this weekend. I am a huge fan of the Mad Max series from the beginning. I saw Mad Max and Road Warrior on VHS
in the early 80s and have been a fan ever since. Yes, that includes Thunderdome! I enjoyed them all. The first three movies had a common core in writer/director George Miller which ensured consistent storyline and filming sequences.And any fan of Mad Max knows that the way the scenes are shot matters a great deal to the film’s appeal. Up until Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the Mad Max series was what George Miller was known for. After 1984 he went on to film a lot of, well let’s just say very non-Mad Max movies. So much so, that I was a little apprehensive
if he was the right choice for the reboot. All that is to say squash your concerns, it is clear, George Miller was
the man for the job!Mad Max: Fury Road has everything you could possibly hope for, a solid and yet simple story line
that is followed with precision and respect. Absolutely breath taking scenes of car races/destruction, action,
stunts, and characters that take what George did in the 70s and 80s and adds the perfect amount of technology and CGI to boost it to another level. This was essential for Fury Road to win my stamp of approval. The CGI was done with an artist’s hand and many times you could not tell if certain stunts were action scenes or CGI
enhanced.And when you could tell, it was not distracting and supported the many live action scenes. These elements combine to make for a solid movie that paid respect to the original while becoming its own modern reboot.

The story is simple enough, Hugh Keays-Byrne returns from the original (YES THE ORIGINAL) to play Immortan Joe – a callous and scared ruler of a small band of post-apocalyptic marauders. Joe leads his people as divine ruler and arbitrator of who is blessed with Valhalla in the after-life. In addition to his band of marauders who serve him unquestionably are the peasants eagerly gathering at his foot for a chance at water, food, or blessing. Joe sends his prize marauder Furiosa on a mission for gas and what follows makes for an entertaining 2 hours of Mad Max
carnage and action! At one point in our story, one of the key marauders has failed to serve Joe in capturing his prized possession and now questions his very existence and place in the after-life. It’s a fascinating view of the depth we humans crave confirmation of our eternal state. In this regard, I am forever thankful to my Lord and Savior for giving me such a confirmation as this: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And it is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God not a result of your works. I don’t have to earn my eternal salvation, I don’t work for it like our marauders, it’s a free gift of the creator. Doing my best to spare you essential story details, let’s
just say that Max is back in a big way. Tom Hardy does a fine job of rebooting Mr Rockatansky with the same
quality and showmanship as Mel Gibson. If you’re a fan of the originals, do yourself a favor this weekend and
go see Fury Road and relive the wonder of the wasteland. If you are new to the Mad Max series, rest assured, this story stands on its own and is well worth the trip to the theater.

6.5 out of 7 -Rated R Mad Max Fury Road delivers a quality story with all the essential elements one could
want from George Miller’s post-apocalyptic waste land. This is not one for the kiddos, mild nudity a
fair amount of violence serve to advance the plot in a meaningful way without ever being over the top.