Reliving the Spectacular Balls of Mad Max: Fury Road

WITNESS ME!!! *IMCOMPREHENSIBLE SCREAMING*!!!

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST SPECTACULARLY BALLSY FILM IN THE LAST DECADE.

That had to be typed in all-CAPS. There’s just no other way.

The film hits you like a furious raccoon from the get-go. Soaks you in adrenaline. Pumps you with ecstasy. And drops you from the edge of the atmosphere to swing you round the Earth and back again just to let you know that it can before slapping you back down to reality.

HOLY CRAP THAT INTRO.

No nonsense. No holds barred. In approx. 15 minutes, George Miller presents a wholly realised fictional world that you can’t help but imagine its darkest corners and how it all came to be. Even the names of the characters and places are jacked with bad-assess; Bullet Farm. Gas Town. Immortan Joe. Imperator Furiousa.

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Immortan Joe’s Citadel. It comes with an entire ecosystem of sweaty people gravelling at the bottom and pompous pale overlords at the top.

The main characters are introduced succinctly along with their motivations and goals clearly defined (There’s not much to begin with but heck, all these people actually wanted to do is drive their brains out). After that, it’s SCREW EVERYTHING ELSE AND LET’S BLOODY DRIVE!!!

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The red guy is with the flamethrower guitar is the Doof Warrior. A comic was released to explore his backstory – where and how Immortan Joe recruited him as his war band.

The first chase scene alone, which lasts for 20 solid minutes, is good enough to easily top anything we’ve experienced on the big screen in the last decade. The pace, relentless. The action, surreal. By the end of it, I couldn’t believe that they could surpass it later on in the film. I dared not. But I was wrong.

Instead I was met, no, pulverised by a straight hour and a half of pure unadulterated madness at maximum capacity. The action crashes into you wave after wave. Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

Spiked cars get flipped and crushed against kamikaze buggies. A horde of bikers trade jumps with a multi-leveled hot rod monster truck. Trucks are flamethrower mounted and are invaded via grappling hooks and trebuchet-like machinery while speeding across desert dunes at gazillion km/h.

Here’s a li’l tease:

INSANE.

And to think that it was 80% practical effects (or more) is un-freaking-believable.

IT’S ALL-REAL!!! THE CARS!!! THE CRASHES!!! THE FLAMETHROWERS!!!

Here’s the best behind the scene you’ll ever watch in your life.

The characters too are pumped to borderline madness. Just take a look at the glorious Immortan Joe.

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Early in the film, you get a close up of the details of his armour and how it’s assembled on him.

The powerful Furiousa and her too-cool-for-school cyborg arm.

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And the grunting schizophrenic protagonist, Mad Max.

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I cannot fathom the Hell that George Miller had to go through to get Mad Max: Fury Road greenlit by the studio. For something as wild as this to be done with minimum CGI in this day and age is near impossible, but he and his team did it. And they did it brilliantly with balls, earning themselves 4 nominations and 6 Academy Awards in the Oscars.

Sure the plot is thin – get from point A to B. Shoot everything in sight – but Mad Max: Fury Road doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. And that’s the beauty of it. It never takes its foot off the pedal. Heck, it makes you hunger to drive fast and drive blind because there’s simply isn’t any other way after you’ve had Mad Max’s way.

A beautiful goddamned smile with two furious dimples.

 

Should you watch it?

If you liked the video of the first chase scene, you’ll love the rest of the film. The action never ceases and intensifies tenfold as stakes gets higher for Mad Max and buddies.

 

Tell me what you felt right after the film below. 😀

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