Maybe you never heard of Mad Max, the 1979 cult movie starring Mel Gibson. Or maybe you think a big-ass reboot isn’t worth your time and money. Snap out of it. “Mad Max: Fury Road” does the impossible. Through dazzle and spectacular action scenes, it turns the cliche of Hollywood reboots on their heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of pure fun. It’s insanely, shamelessly crazy; just one reason to love it. Another is the up for anything cast. Tom Hardy is blissfully right as Mad Max. If you’re a fan of Hardy as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” or as Michael Peterson in “Bronson”, you’d want to catch him here. Haunted by the visions of his lost child, Max is captured by the crazy Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays Byrne, so good), a warlord who controls his prisoners by controlling their water supply. The hell of a ride truly begins when Joe’s ally Furiosa (Charlize Theron) turns against him and takes off with his five breeder wives. That’s cue for director George Miller to throw in one wacky chase scene after the other. And boy does it work. Word of advice though: you won’t know what hit you by the time the credits start rolling. So better hang on for the ride.
All the actors excel. But the real hero here is director George Miller, the creative force behind the original movie, for making this hugely entertaining reboot. His new film is crowded with characters and incidents that sometimes spill over into confusion and chaos. No worries. It still possesses a wild card energy and a charm that other summer blockbusters will envy this year. Hey, even a sequel doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Should Tom Hardy return as Mad Max? Hell, yea!