If you think the world is in bad shape now, take a look into the future with Writer/Director/Producer George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
This is not the world in which anyone would choose to live, but Miller gives us a view of the post-apocalyptic dystopia into which humanity might descend, if we’re not more careful and kind.
Survival is the only mode of existence in this desert land where marauders roam in hand-made war machines and sand-worthy vehicles, killing each other and anyone who might have something of value.
A despot (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who is actually looks more terrifying without his scary war costume, rules the water, gas and mines in an oasis and doles out food and liquid in meager rations to his pathetic-looking subjects.
Somehow, he has found Earth’s last 5 beautiful women (Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton), who would do any time in history proud, and has made them his harem.
As the story opens, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is captured and used as a human blood bank for the despots son (Nathan Jones).
Luckily for him, one of the despot’s war leaders, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) flees with the harem to find sanctuary in the land of her birth.
What follows is non-stop action with a few laughs, not because of humor, but out of relief at the brief points where the action slightly eases.
We feel we have survived the action before we’re, once again, thrown into it. It’s the same feeling you might have on a roller coaster.
This film is an amazing ride, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
I give Mad Max: Fury Road a 4+ out of 5.