Film review: Mad Max: Fury Road

By the time the emblematic Dies Irae section of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” flares up on the soundtrack during the second half of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the film has culminated in a gloriously paroxysmal combination of violence and almost operatic spectacle that is little seen in big-budget commercial cinema today, especially as part of a solid filmmaking effort.

This marks the fourth installment in the Mad Max series and is the first in 30 years. It is also the first one without the original Max, played at the time by Mel Gibson. In this latest film, again directed by George Miller, the mastermind behind the original blockbuster, the title role is filled by Tom Hardy, whose presence is strong but not particularly memorable.

Instead, it is the two secondary roles, of rebel trucker Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and the naive War Boy called Nux (Nicholas Hoult), that really stand out, and boy, do these two know how to produce a wild ride for the audience.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Mad Max: Fury Road is currently on wide release in Bulgaria.

(Still of Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max: Fury Road. © 2014 – Warner Bros.)