ad Max: Fury Road is fantastic. It delivers in everything we might expect in the genre, but also finds a distinct flavor among contemporary action films.
Fury Road finds Max held captive in what is known as the Citadel, which is, more or less, a city. Overseeing the Citadel's governance is Immortan Joe, who controls the water supply. Any further plot summary would detract from the film's exposition, which is exceptional. Narratively, Fury Road succeeds on multiple criteria. Its storytelling is straightforward, but its medium is ambitious; ambitious, but controlled. The size and scope of much of the action is certainly grand, but it never escapes the grasp of the cinematography.
FURY ROAD'S SENSE OF TEMPO
AND CONTRAST IS SPECIAL
The aesthetic flavor of Fury Road is both fresh and familiar. Generally, the post-apocalyptic setting is reminiscent of its contemporaries. But, Fury Road's sense of tempo and contrast is special. The film's thematic exploration is supported by its erratic alterations in rhythm. The sudden changes in time may provoke discomfort for some, but nothing is done by accident. There is always a guiding vision.
Performances are strong across the board. As many were expecting, the film is minimal on dialogue, relying often on the non-verbal gravity of its performers. A friend pointed out the stark contrast between this film and Locke, another of Tom Hardy's recent cinematic ventures. In Locke, Hardy was given the opportunity to showcase his skill in delivering emotionally diverse dialogue. With Fury Road, Hardy demonstrates the span of his craft. Charlize Theron effectively deals with her characters wider spectrum of emotion. Nicholas Hoult also impresses in his role.
The fight choreography is worth mentioning. There is a tremendous amount of activity on screen during many of the scenes depicting combat. It is a testament to the control which permeates the film that these moments do not overwhelm the viewer. The fight scenes embrace the absurd and bold nature of the film’s artistic vision.
Motivated by decisive filmmaking and just the right level of novelty, Fury Road is a stand out action film.
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MAY 15, 2015
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