Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action film written and directed by original Mad Max director, George Miller. The film is both a reboot and the fourth instalment of the Mad max franchise that takes place in an Australia that has been decimated by war. The plot follows Max Rocksteady, who is played by Tom Hardy, as he joins forces with Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, assisting her in fleeing from the local warlord, Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.
The film had development problem for a number of years, with pre-production being in the works from as early as 1997. There had also been attempts to make the film in 2001 and 2003, but delays were caused due to the attacks of September 11th, as well as the Iraq War.
The film premiered worldwide on the 14th of May, 2015, and was met with critical acclaim both by critics and audience members, and has become the highest-grossing film in the decade-spanning franchise, and the perfect film to have on while enjoying River Belle casino games.
The Fury Road Plot
The film begins with an introduction to Max and his explanation of his mental state before a road crew captures him. He’s then shown to be locked in a large oasis, and is being used as a universal blood donor for the crewmen, all of whom are suffering cancers due to the radiation from the wars. Immortan Joe leads the settlement through control of the water, and keeps the best looking women in the settlement as his wives and as breeders.
His most valued commander is Imperator Furiosa, who is put in charge of making a run to neighbouring settlements to stock up on gasoline and ammunition. She has ulterior motives, however, and takes Joe’s wives without his knowledge and heads off of the track.
A war party follows, with Max along with them, although he manages to escape. Him and Furiosa forge an unstable alliance and head off to the ‘Green Place’ in order to allow the wives some freedom. They come to a dead end, and decide to turn back, accompanied by the women that once controlled the area. They manage to evade Immortan Joe and his war party, killing him in the process, and making it back to the settlement. They run fresh water for everyone, while Max is slowly absorbed into the crowd before leaving to go back on his own path.
Mad Max: Fury Road was met with critical and financial success, although many feel that their financial success was moderate at best, comparing it to numbers that Edge of Tomorrow made in the same year. One of the reasons for the poorer financial performance was due to its not being released to the Chinese market, which has become one of the biggest in the world.
Critical acclaim was widespread across the globe, with an aggregate of 97%. Critics praised the world building, the practical action sequences, and the screenplay.