FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA – “More narrative depth, same gloriously revved up action”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road – 2015)

MAIN CAST

• Anya Taylor-Joy as Imperator Furiosa
• Alyla Browne as young Furiosa
• Chris Hemsworth as Dementus
• Tom Burke as Praetorian Jack
Lachy Hulme as Immortan Joe
• Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus
• Josh Helman as Scrotus
• John Howard as The People Eater
Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic
Charlee Fraser as Mary Jo Bassa

SYNOPSIS

It is the fifth installment in the Mad Max franchise, serving as a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers, young Furiosa falls into the hands of a great biker horde led by the warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel, presided over by the Immortan Joe. As the two tyrants fight for dominance, Furiosa soon finds herself in a nonstop battle to make her way home.

REVIEW SUMMARY

More narrative depth, same gloriously revved up action – Furiosa is another win for the Mad Max franchise! Yep, nobody does postapocalyptic action quite like George Miller! In keeping with the previous movies, Furiosa is wonderfully weird and brutally bleak. It’s also got all the exhilarating car, truck, and motor bike chases you expect - although the sandy road races are not entirely on par with that of Fury Road. Regardless, there’s plenty of breathless action to keep you rumbling in your seat – not to mention eyepopping visual splendor to take in at literally every turn. What this film does do better than any of its predecessors though, is give the story major meat on the bone. It’s more sprawling and intertwined than ever before, giving the world, and its key players, much bigger scope. By expanding the mythology and “filling in the gaps,” it actually enriches the movies that came before. And really, isn’t that the point of a prequel in the first place? As for performances, Anya Taylor Joy has no problem taking over the titular character’s reigns from Charlize Theron. Joy embraces the bad ass nature of the Furiosa, leaving her mark with an impressively physical performance that required little words, but much action. If I’m being honest though, Chris Hemsworth is the film’s true MVP. The hulking actor’s portrayal of Lord Dementus is all sorts of insane (in the best way possible). There’s a lot going on with this character and Hemsworth plays it with desperately twisted delight. His range is on point, giving Dementus a comical, tormented, and psychopathic read all at once! Also on point is the movie’s many technical aspects. Like Fury Road, this installment’s production and sound elements are top notch. It all adds up to the definition of a movie made for the big screen. Just make it the biggest screen you can find!

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