Mad Max Fury Road review

Mad Max: Fury Road is fearless behind the wheel, a vivid collection of action setpieces unified by a dream of upending the very concept of the action hero. In 1981, director and co-writer George Miller used concepts from Jung and Joseph Campbell to supercharge the image of the screen hero for The Road Warrior, a return to the Mad Max character he created with Mel Gibson, but Fury Road’s version of heroism is even more forward-thinking.

Fury Road implicitly acknowledges that Miller’s old heroic conception may have been incomplete. It pairs Tom Hardy as Max with a woman named Furiosa, played with controlled yet intuitive ferocity by Charlize Theron. He’s the hero as raw energy; she is that energy channeled in a way that might be able to build a society.

With Theron and Hardy in the lead roles and Miller again in the driver’s seat, Fury Road isn’t just good enough to obliterate the lingering sting of the last film (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, released in 1985), but so good that it rivals The Road Warrior and shames all of Hollywood’s current action tendencies. This film develops its own specific ambition by placing dueling concepts about heroism into the framework of one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. Read More »


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is fury road a sequel

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now, and it is a triumph. We loved it (read our review here), hell, nearly everyone seems to love it. This could end up being the best-reviewed film of the year. And for good reason: it is a staggering piece of work, and an exhilarating theatrical ride.

But with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max and a chronology that isn’t entirely clear, we know people have questions. Is Fury Road a sequel, a reboot or a prequel, or is it something else? Do you need to see the other films first? Should you see it in 2D or 3D?

So here’s a Mad Max primer to answer those questions and a few others.  Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road

Tom Hardy‘s Max Rockatansky may be the one who gives Mad Max: Fury Road its title, but Charlize Theron‘s Furiosa is the one who takes center stage in the final trailer. A bit of new footage offers a better look at her prosthetic arm, as well as the fearless attitude that’s kept her alive so far in this hellish landscape. Watch the Mad Max Fury Road final trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Mad Max legacy trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road looks unique in part because it resembles action movies of years past more than it looks like a modern tentpole release. That’s in part thanks to the guiding hand of George Miller, who has directed all four entries in the Mad Max series, and has consistently worked with some of the most insane stunt people around. The first three Mad Max movies were made when digital effects weren’t an option, but Fury Road, the fourth film, looks like it was made with the same attention to physical mayhem. Warner Bros. has created a new trailer that assembles footage from all the films in the series — not to recap that overall story, but to suggest that this new film fits right in line with the previous three.

Check out the great Mad Max legacy trailer below. Read More »


Each new dose of Mad Max: Fury Road footage (like this week’s trailer) has only upped our amazement that a film like this can even come out of a major studio in 2015, and the film is lodged firmly atop our collective “most anticipated of the summer” list. If the film lives up to the promise of this early footage, and audiences respond, we might see star Tom Hardy return for several more runs as Max. He revealed in an interview that he is signed for three more Mad Max sequels. Read More »

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A lot of clips from Mad Max: Fury Road have been showing up online over the past few days. Well, forget those. Warner Bros. has released a brand new, full length Mad Max Fury Road trailer that’s sure to melt your brain. Check it out below. Read More »

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Fury Road teasers

Warner Bros. opens Mad Max: Fury Road in just six weeks, and the studio is experimenting with reminding us all that the movie looks totally insane, as if there was any chance we’d forget it after that first footage. So here are a few very short Mad Max: Fury Road teasers / TV spots. Mostly, they re-contextualize footage we’ve already seen, though eagle-eyed viewers will notice a handful of new shots. We’re excited to see more from the film, but at this point we’re ready for the whole thing. 2014 feels like it is already racing by like a post-apocalyptic convoy but still, May can’t get here fast enough. Read More »

fury road rating

As if we weren’t already eager enough to see Mad Max: Fury Road, there’s now the assurance that, unlike so many other recent sequels to series born in the ’70s and ’80s, this one will be rated R. In addition, there is a new Japanese trailer for the film, with a YouTube page that features a title that translates to something terrific: Mad Max: Anger of Death Road. Now that’s a movie I want to see. (Even if that is Google’s translation, rather than a proper conversational one.) Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road

Time will tell whether Mad Max: Fury Road is actually any good, but we can say right now that the trailers for it are excellent. Each one seems weirder and wilder than the last, promising the kind of idiosyncratic vision we rarely see from big studio productions.

George Miller returns to direct, while Tom Hardy takes over Mel Gibson’s old role as Max Rockatansky. Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, and Hugh Keays-Byrne also star. Watch the Mad Max Fury Road international trailer after the jump.

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