The enemy is Immortan Joe, a powerful cult leader, who imposes his will on the dregs of society using water to maintain complete control. He leads a society that is literally sick. He and a group of lieutenants and henchmen lead a relentless chase to get back his most valuable treasure, healthy, fertile females, Immortan Joe's wives. The environment has become so inhospitable that the bulk of survivors suffer from assorted cancers and illnesses that keep them weak and not long for the world. His most loyal followers are a band of sickly "war boys" that follow his every commend. Their commitment is total. They look forward to dying in battle as they expect to end up in Valhalla all shiny and chrome-like. Analogies to terrorism are subtle but they are there, portrayed in a new and creative way. If there is a message in the madness it is that one should never follow blindly and redemption is possible. The film is full of creative action and destruction. It takes everything that has come before and elevates it to a new level of absurdity and insanity. This movie is the most expensive, dangerous, and dirty Mad Max of them all. The visual effects are used to good effect to extend the environment and keep actors safe in what would otherwise be a veritable meat grinder. It includes some of the best action that has ever been captured on film. It's memorable and will likely require repeat viewing to absorb all of the densely packed, fast paced action.
Tom Hardy portrays Max Rockatansky. He's a strong warrior of the wasteland, a survivor, a man who never quits. Tom Hardy is a fine actor but he doesn't have quite the charisma of the Mel Gibson. The Max of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior was Mel Gibson in his prime. He could single-handedly carry a film with barely a word of dialog. Tom Hardy is his own Max, a feral survivor who lives by instinct. He is merciless and committed to survival at all costs.
Rated R for extreme violence.
It is a solid 8 out of 10!
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