Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton
The fourth and latest installment of the Mad Max series is not actually a continuation to the previous three and does not have any link whatsoever, except for the main protagonist, Max. In a post-apocalyptic world, Max Rockatansky (Hardy) is a wanderer surviving off scraps. Since he is a universal donor by blood, he gets captured by the War Boys, an army led by Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne) and is used as a blood bag to feed a sick War Boy Nux (Hoult). Imperator Furiosa (Theron) is a trusted lieutenant of Joe and is sent out to fill an oil rig with oil from the nearby drilling center. Unknown to Joe, Furiosa is planning to escape the citadel with Joe’s wives (Kravitz, Huntington-Whitley, Keough, Kershaw, Eaton) and take them to a safer place to start a new life. When Joe learns of this, he is furious and embarks on a chase to hunt down Furiosa. If you have seen the previous three Mad Max movies, you will quickly realise that the role and character of Max has been diluted to a larger extent. This movie portrays Max as a bit of a weakling and a side-kick character rather than being on the offensive and taking brash decisions. His role seems more forced with the central focus completely on Furiosa. Theron has managed to superbly execute this role and looks almost unrecognizable with the bald head and muscular body. The movie is a heaven for action lovers, with lots of blood, lunatics doing the unthinkable, indigenous killing machines, car chases and a whole lot more. The story though is nothing to write back home and I personally feel the movie is a little too over-rated. It probably did not deserve the attention it got with so many awards and nominations but is still a good entertainer nonetheless.
Thumbs up: Amazing action
Thumbs down: Bad story