Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Painted-white War Boys spraying their mouths with chrome paint and riding the Highway of Valhalla.  Oh what a day.  What a Best Mad Max Movielovely day.  Note there are a few spoilers in this review, but nothing significant; there’s little in this film to spoil.  The plot is nil.  But with the action, the post-apocalyptic richness, and utter rage of it all, there’s little plot needed.  To be clear, I don’t often speak favorably of any story lacking in the plot department, but it works here.  The movie is over-the-top; at times hilarious; but it does its over-the-topness oh so very well.

By DG, founder of Prepper Press

Truly, this movie will be a massive hit, and in some ways, sets a whole new standard by which to judge action movies. Watch and you’ll understand. Would I have preferred a well-developed plot? Probably, but that’d cut into the time devoted to action, which is all of it.

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This is intentional, though.  George Miller directed the first three movies in the Mad Max franchise.  Fury Road is not a case where someone new takes an old series and unintentionally ruins it in the process. George Miller knows the Mad Max story better than anyone, and while Fury Road is different, your Mad Max-loving-self need not worry that the series is ruined. It’s not.  George Miller stepped up to the task in a whole new way.

So What Is Fury Road?

Take the road chasing elements of Road Warrior and the post-apocalyptic Mad Max fashion of Road Warrior and Thunder Best Mad Max MovieDome and inject it all with a heavy dose of radioactive steroids, and then more steroids, and then you have Fury Road.  It’s a two-hour post-apocalyptic road rage party with guns, trucks, flames, muscle-bound War Boys, and half-naked breeder girls.  There’s loud music: war drums and a screaming electric guitar flamethrower… no, for real, a screaming electric guitar flamethrower.

What’s not to love?  You go from electric guitar riffs back to Charlize Theron shifting gears in the flat black “war rig” while Max sits on the hood spitting fuel into the blower.  The movie has just one speed and that’s go!  Unlike any other movie I’ve seen, anyway.  It starts off fast and doesn’t relent. Sure, vehicles stop or get slowed down, but villainous exhaust-spewing muscle cars are always just in the distance so it’s forever right back to go!

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This movie, with all of its special effects, cinematography, loud music, and general insanity is made for the big screen.  Hell, we even went 3D for this one, because it’s go big or go home, be a bear be a grizzly, drive a Mad Max vehicle make a diesel.  If you wait for this film to hit your home television you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Fury Road has a skull-masked lead villain, Immortan Joe, who’s controls the water to a peasant-like population and who’s also Fury Road Netflixhooked up to some hose-based breathing apparatus.  There are other, similarly twisted and gross villains all surrounded by a mad pack of crawling, crazed, jumping, running War Boys.  You’ve got a rich assortment of tricked-out vehicles; some with spikes, some with flames, some with massive saw blades that cut through other rides.  Hanging off all of these pedal-to-the-metal war wagons are characters ready to jump from one vehicle to the next, head-butting their way through opponents while tossing grenade-like spears.

“Valhalla!”

Throughout this epic Australian road race, the moviegoer sees different post-apocalyptic tribes and at times gets hints of a backstory (that never move beyond hints).  Everyone wants something. Immortan wants “his” breeder girls back, breeder girls are searching for “the green place”, and Max wants his sanity.  Good luck with that, Max. The only seemingly “sane” one in the film is Charlize Theron’s character Furiosa, which brings us to…

The Feminist Angle

Dubbed “Mad Max: Feminist Road” by the popular men’s rights site Return of Kings, the film has struck a nerve with many for Greatest Mad Max Road Warrior Movieits “feminist agenda.”  Let there be no debate as to whether there are feminist elements to the film. It’s plain as day.  The film kicks off with women taking a stand, freeing themselves from the clutches of their ugly, demi-god-like cruel “master” and leaving “We Are Not Things” scrawled on the cave wall as the one-armed Furiosa leads these innocent breeder girls on a race to safety.  Along the way, these girls cut themselves free of their chastity belts, imply that men are the ones who ruined the world, and have their defining moment when they start loading rifles for their own defense.

Max has only a handful of lines (on par with most of the characters) and is in more of a supporting role to Theron’s Furiosa character. The women find their safety not with a sympathetic group of men, but with a small women-only tribe in Furiosa’s old home.  Furiosa, for her part, drives a tanker not of high-octane fuel, but of breast milk, yes… breast milk, with which Max washes his face in. Furiosa turns out to be a better, smarter marksman markswoman than Max, and ends the film giving Max not a long hug goodbye, but a departing man nod.

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No, the question is not whether there’s a feminist angle so much as:  Who really cares?  Pro-men activists are seemingly upset that they’ve been duped into seeing a testosterone-fueled manly movie only to find themselves sitting down to a feminist storyline. But again – who cares?  Most movies have some angle or agenda, either direct or inherent. Does it matter that this movie paints women in a strong, positive way?  Only men that fear such women would say yes.

But “manly men” need not boycott the movie as the Return of Kings writer suggests.  There are still plenty of redeeming Greatest Mad Max Road Warrior Movie“masculine” qualities to the film.  Did I not mention all of the tricked out vehicles, violence, rage, half-naked breeder girls, and the sight of Charlize Theron shifting gears?  Dudes won’t be disappointed; and with the feminist angle, the ladies won’t be either.  Check your male privilege at the door, suspend your desire to know Max’s story, and you’ll have a grand time. I promise.  Mad Max: Fury Road gets a solid A.

– Derrick Grant

Derrick Grant is the founder of Prepper Press, a publisher of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival nonfiction. Follow his Facebook writer page for all things apocalyptic.

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15 comments… add one
  • Sid May 18, 2015, 8:47 am

    I wanted to see this on Friday night but could not make it out. This only confirms what I have been reading elsewhere. Mad Max is back. Can’t wait.

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  • Roger May 18, 2015, 4:43 pm

    Sorry, am I at the wrong web site, isn’t this SHTFblog? Or is this a another demented Hollyweird fantasy fan site? Please don’t waste my (and everyone else’s) time! Maybe ‘return-of-kings’ is attempting to say Yin/Yang, balance, not a war of the sexes, maybe of war of survival, quit playing the ‘blame’ game. We, regardless of sex, race, religion, and all the other artificial barriers, are all in the ‘game’ of life together. No man or woman stands alone (for long)! End of rant! Good Luck!

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    • Doc Montana May 18, 2015, 10:55 pm

      Hi Roger,

      Did you catch my review of the Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener and Survival Tool over on Survival Cache?

      Twas you who requested the review in a comment posted under the GizzMoVest GPS case review. Happy Reading.

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    • Fred May 19, 2015, 12:42 am

      Sir, If your asking why a Mad Max review ? then yes you are at the wrong website.

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    • Anonymous May 19, 2015, 4:18 pm

      Its a review of a survival movie idiot. If you do not like the web site then do not come to it moron.

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    • Gabriel May 19, 2015, 4:24 pm

      Roger, its a review of a survival movie, on a website the specializes in survival and preparedness. Why don’t you take some time to read the rest of the information on this website and your small brain might figure that out. You obviously are interested in the movie and probably were looking for reviews. Am I right or wrong, regardless not all of us are in this game together as your social justice warrior mindset would like to think…..Anytime my back has been truly against the wall its been another man who has backed me up, not a woman. I think you are in fantasy land, wake up….

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  • Jon May 18, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Chill Roger,

    Even in a SHTF world you need to find some time for fun!!!

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  • Pineslayer May 19, 2015, 12:34 pm

    Fun movie and i thought it did a good job in not ‘douching’ up the legacy.

    Kind of makes most BOV’s look sad.

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  • Gabe Gregoire May 20, 2015, 12:46 pm

    If you see the breast milk from the tanker as a symbol for the love of a woman, Max washing his face with it could be a metaphor for that love ‘cleansing’ a man of his sins, his rage. Of course, you’re gonna have to get mad all over again if someone is trying to toast your ass with a flamethrower guitar…

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  • sirlancelot May 20, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Gonna have to go see this. This is the second survival site to give a positive review on “Fury Road” :-)

    Now just have to find a empty theater on a weekend night…………..

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  • Anonymous May 21, 2015, 7:21 am

    correction, weekday night. Movie crowds have been pretty annoying lately

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  • Joel May 24, 2015, 12:30 am

    Just saw this – blown away. I thought if Pineslayer liked it, I better go see it. The Road Warrior franchise can be proud. I haven’t seen a lot of good movies come out of Hollywood lately. American Sniper was ok but the book was better, same with Lone Survivor. If you liked the original Road Warrior, you will love this movie. Non-stop action and the movie doesn’t leave you hanging. It finishes!!!! This might be the best movie I have seen since The Matrix and before that Aliens. It is that good. I definitely need a better war rig!!!

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  • Geof Red May 26, 2015, 7:21 pm

    This guy don’t know nothing about Mad Max. And say it’s an specialized survival blog? The movie is a good good action movie, but sorry, those who really knows about Max Rockatansky history and character knows that’s no a Mad Max film, it’s only the title. Thruth’s hurt. Sorry naive people.

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  • Roger June 2, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Oh name calling, how mature! Do you know that the average dairy cow gives about 6.5 gallons per day, and it takes about 800 cows to fill a tanker truck? Whereas, the average woman produces less than a quart per day so that movie must have had a LOT of extras to produce that much breast milk. Your ‘mommy’ fantasies aside, the extreme exaggeration of this film makes it not a ‘survival’ one but merely a ‘fantasy’, not worthy of this site’s attention; no knock on you Mr. Grant! To Doc Montana, thank you for the review on the Smith’s Pocket Pal, very good, quite fair IMHO, though I would like to add that the size (without the useless compass) is only 3 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 1/2″, small enough for EDC without overloading your pockets, and at about $15 is a cheap backup, though as you wrote, the sharpening aspects alone are worth the money! Personally, I drilled out the whistle part to hold a small amount of waxed cotton for tender so it’s not wasted space. I hope that Smith’s makes their next model better, all multi-tools need a small blade (aka tool-logic style) IMHO, finger’s crossed! Good Luck!

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  • frivolous elk June 8, 2015, 12:37 am

    Fury road would have been awesome, when I was 13. At 43, It was two hours of my life I would pay $9.00 to get back.

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