BY ALITHNAYN ABDULKAREEM
Mad Max is an explosive experience. In a league of its own, far removed from the basic premises, explosions, cheesy quotables and false heroisms of what we have on the big screen these days. It is truly an accomplishment from George Miller; fan boys of the previous instalments starring Mel Gibson will have it hard finding faults that stick. The story is a simple one, with no patience for excessive back stories, and a distinctive absence of cheap thrills.
Like a dynamite, it explodes, tripping from one scene to another powered by remarkable graphics and score. The fuse is lit when Max gets captured and used as a blood bag for Nux, one of the ‘war boys’, obsessive servants of Immortan Joe, a looming giant with a fearsome mumble (Hugh Keans Byne makes a return from his last appearance as Toe Cutter). Immortan doesn’t speak much, his peeling sun burnt skin and nightmare inducing face mask is enough to put him in a position of leadership, which he holds by depriving the people of water and collecting beautiful women that he uses as incubators for his seeds.
Things get worse when Immorten’s trusted military assistant (the hilarious and aptly termed Imperator Furiosa) has a moral breakthrough and breaks out the aforementioned women. The intention is to cross the lands to her birthplace where she last saw and honestly believes holds the only chance she has for redeeming herself and the women. An angry Immorten finds out and naturally, sends an entire army after the imperator; complete with its own skinny rockstar strumming jams to his fire breathing guitar. All after one mean looking truck driven by a woman with one arm, holding five women with no fighting skills.
If you think, helpless, think again. After some simple and effective plot turns, Max and Furiosa become a team, Nux gets in the mix and happy ending right? No the crazy only acquires a boost.
A great success of Mad Max relies on the development of plot and character. One gets the sense that without the explosions, the movie equally succeeds emotionally. Charlize Theron, is utterly suited to the imperator’s role, as are Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult in their roles of Nux and Max. The captured women are as physically diverse as their personalities and strengths are.
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those few big budget movies which succeeds entirely in itself; making an art form out of action. The scenes are an extension of the characters’ minds and the explosive events never feel like excesses. The plot requires every display of onscreen insanity. For all of its gratuitousness, Fury road is a well thought out movie. It reeks of genius and what is genius but a larger portion of insanity?