Fury Road (2015)

Director George Miller’s “Fury Road” is, instantly, one of the best movies of the year, and one of the best action films ever made. One of the purest pieces of cinema I’ve ever seen. Boy oh boy, did you ever need Oscar-level actors. In the few quiet moments, their words and faces have to sell a lifetime of pain. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron sell the hell out of it. Smart choice to make her very nearly the central character: she gets the arc. Hardy projects “wounded” but “lethal” at the same time better than almost anyone I can think of. The story couldn’t be simpler: a renegade gas-truck driver (Theron) tries to liberate five sex/breeding slaves from a maniac’s stronghold. Driving ensues, pursued by an army that would have made Basil Wolverton or Big Daddy Roth green with envy. As well as an endless collection of the best practical stunts I’ve seen in a very long time. But there is real emotion as well: I remember at one painful moment, when Max basically offers to die to save the “Brides” and I thought: there goes all that’s left of a very good man. Just terrific. Very easy “A”. For action movie fans? A+.

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