Sunday, 20 November 2016

FILM REVIEW // MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

Fig.1 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Poster

'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) Directed by George Miller, the film that sees the characters go one way and then come straight back. Why? Well to exploit the petrol fuelled, high energy car chases of course. Miller keeps the character of Max, played by Tom Hardy on the edge of calm, his aggression comes out when it's truly needed, Robbie Collin of The Telegraph says 'With it's spare dialogue and dazzlingly choreographed and edited stunts, Miller's film often feels like a great silent movie - albeit a very loud one.' (Collin, 2015)

Exploitation cinema can be seen throughout many films and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is just a small part of it. The Exploitation of something, for example, sex, nudity, explosions, can all drive the film towards a particular market/audience. In recent films there seems to be an an increase of Dwayne Johnson castings in big budget Hollywood movies, a likeable actor who gets people to see his films.
This idea of Exploitation was once and still is mainly seen in low budget b-movies but can also be seen in big budget cinema.

Fig.2 Film Still
'Mad Max: Fury Road' uses this idea of exploitation to its advantage. The plot is simple, they must make their way to the green land only to find its not there and then they go back to where they came from whilst simultaneously fighting their way through a post apocalyptic wasteland against the evil overlord Immortan Joe and his half-life boys.

Fig.3. Film Still
Director, George Miller, exploits particular people's love for cars and explosions to drive his film (no pun intended). He relies on the audience to enjoy a film that's soul purpose is to be a loud, destructive car chase whilst pushing ideas of feminism.
Max, played by Tom hardy is pushed to the side in this film by a strong figure known as Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. She is the hero of this film, (although her name isn't in the title) the hero in a world overcome with masculine tone.
Adding this struggle of femininity to both the character and the story gives the film another dimension, so it's not just a film filled with exploitation, it deals with real world problems in a special way throughout. 

In conclusion, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) is a truly astonishing film, full of action and underlining real world tones. It attracts a wide variety of audiences, fans of the previous Mad Max Trilogy and also fans of the A-list cast within the film. Overall, it is a great film to watch and will one day be considered a classic within the history of cinema. 




Bibliography:

Collin, R (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road Review: 'A krakatoan eruption of craziness' At:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/mad-max-fury-road/review/ Accessed on: 20/11/2016

Illustrations:

Figure 1. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) [Poster] At:http://cdn2-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/gallery/mad-max-fury-road_1/11110866_658246694280855_1682386295316885693_o.jpg Accessed on: 20/11/2016

Figure 2. [Film Still] At: https://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ff_madmax_f.jpg Accessed on: 20/11/2016

Figure 3. [Film Still] At: http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/f/furiosa-madmax-650-1.jpg Accessed on: 20/11/2016






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