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Jul 222015

photo for Mad Max: Fury Road Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland. A reimagining/sequel of the classics “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior”(two films that set the standard for post-apocalyptic landscapes and wastelands) by the man who made them both: George Miller. It’s a breathtaking non-stop thrill ride mostly devoid of storyline except for the mad rush to freedom against impossible odds by Max, Furiosa and the wives. It’s violent, outrageous, and crazy — just what a Mad Max movie ought to be. And by making Furiosa the strong central protagonist of the outing, the film sets new stand rads for Hollywood heroes. The only real shortcoming: the almost indecipherable Aussie accents for the first 20 minutes of the film. Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays Immortan Joe here, played the Toecutter in the original “Max.” And more than 80% of the effects seen in the film are real (not CGI): stunts, make-up and sets. Sit back and enjoy. Vitals: Director: George Miller. Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA, John Howard, Richard Carter, Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Action, Box office gross: $151.104 million, Warner. Extras: “Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road,” “Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels,” “The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa,” “The Tools of the Wasteland,” “The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome,” and “Fury Road: Crash & Smash” featurettes; deleted scenes.

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