Wednesday, 12 December 2018

It would be Mad to miss Max’s return

RETURNING to cult classics can be dangerous territory for the uninitiated given their popularity among fans.

RETURNING to cult classics can be dangerous territory for the uninitiated given their popularity among fans.

The Mad Max series falls very much into this category, with all three films proving huge hits in the late Seventies and Eighties.

Its latest instalment, Mad Max: Fury Road, sees the return of the post-apocalyptic thriller 30 years after the last film.

Thankfully, die-hard fans will be pleased to hear that George Miller, who took charge of all three original films, is back at the helm once again.

The films sees the return of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.



Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes caught up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.

They are escaping a citadel tyrannised by Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the warlord marshals all of his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane road war that follows.

As you would expect, the film is driven by action, with minimal dialogue. However, this is welcome as it enables the viewer to become totally immersed in Max’s dystopian world.

Tom Hardy, star of The Dark Knight Rises, takes the title role, replacing Mel Gibson. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) plays the Imperator, Furiosa, and the film also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nux and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the Splendid Angharad.

The film is at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday). Showtimes at www.picturehouses.co.uk

Review: David White





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