Mad Max: Fury Road

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“Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves.”

Mad Max: Fury Road is, on the surface, a two-hour nonstop action film. There are insane elements, such as a man playing guitar atop a monstrous vehicle as the war party rides out in search of violence. There are intense sequences, such as the final struggle between Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).

But most of all, there is worldbuilding. And there is a lot of it.

The plot of this film is thin and leaves much to be desired. However, one could argue that plot isn’t necessarily the foremost concern of Mad Max: Fury Road. The story is simply a vehicle to transport the viewer into a different world, a world where the wickedness of humanity has run amok. Who killed the world? We did.

The script is passable for the most part, but some of the conversations are awkward and force venerable actors and actresses like Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky) and Charlize Theron to deliver uncharacteristically mediocre performances. This is somewhat forgivable as, again, dialogue isn’t the point of this film.

The cinematography is astounding. Not just the effects and pyrotechnics, but also the use of color to illustrate the barrenness of the wasteland and the coldness of night. The soundtrack is also great, and accelerates the intensity of the entire film.

Mad Max: Fury Road is an entertaining film, but it also serves as a warning. A glimpse into the future of humanity if we don’t change our ways and begin to heal not only ourselves, but the planet. Violence and depravity and death are all that await us if we don’t rise to become something more, something better.

There is hope in this wasteland, and we have but to find it.

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