Mad Max Fury Road – A Review

By Mark Salcido

‘Oh what a day, what a lovely day’

Feel the rumbling underneath of your feet from the roar of the engines. Feel that exhaust explode with power. See the roads race by as bodies are thrown through the skies. Your heart is pounding. Your ears are buzzing. Your eyes are wide and your jaw is dropped. You my friend have entered the world of Mad Max Fury Road. Welcome.

Mad Max Fury Road is director’s George Miller’s fourth installment of Max Rockatansky (aka “Mad Max”) as he travels the roads of Image 6a dystopian future. It stars Tom Hardy in the title role (originally played by Mel Gibson), Charlize Theron as “Imperator Furiosa,” and Nicholas Hoult as “Nux.”

As the story goes, Max finds himself captured by tyrannical cult leader “Immortan Joe,” (played by Hugh Keays-Bryne) “War Boys” and taken to the Citadel. There, Max is used as a universal blood donor and his first recipient is War Boy Nux (Hoult). Meanwhile, Immortan Joe rallies his War Boys and Furiosa (Theron) as she takes the wheel of a “War Rig” (AKA big and bad ass muthafuckin heavily-armoured truck with A LOT of horse power).

As the group heads to Gas Town, Furiosa purposely drives off route into the Wasteland. Only to reveal that she took Immortan Joe’s five prize breeders and are on their way to a place far away from the tyrant. And so the chase begins. Nux joins pursuit with Max strapped to the hood of his car pumping his high octane blood into Nux’s dying body. If you think that is nuts, sit back, it’s only the first 15 minutes of the film.

Before we get into the selling point of the film, which is the action, let’s talk about the plot. It’s thin but in a good way. The Mad Max films haven’t been known to have really deep driven dialogues but what is said is indeed memorable and can some ways, actually have a point. That Image 8being said, I will bring up the underlying message this movie that some people have claimed it’s making, feminism. No need to sugar coat it, we are adults after all.  There is indeed somewhat of a feminist statement made but not in the “hairy armpit feminazi” manner people seem to picture. The statement that Furiosa, Toast the Knowing, The Splendid Angharad, Capable, The Dag and Cheedo the Fragile (those are the breeders) is that they are not property. Some critics have gone far as to say it’s much more than that but that may be because this is not Max’s story, it’s Furiosa’s.   Max just happens to be dropped into the situation.

Hardy does a great job as Max but Theron’s Furiosa easily steals the show. Her character is an amazing bad ass that I would go as to say (and I’m sure I’m the first to mention this) that she belongs up there with the great action heroines Image 2such as Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley and Foxy Brown. There’s even a scene where Furiosa goes toe to toe with Max and is able to hold her own.

Nuts doesn’t even begin to describe the action set pieces this film does. What makes these action scenes stand on top of all the other action films in the past decade is that most of it is practical. Now I say most because the portion that is CGI are some of the bodies being thrown around and an amazing scene where a sand storm is in play.

Speaking of sand storm, that scene played from the trailer is the only big action set piece. But don’t, worry it continues to go even crazier.  One particular action scene that I admire the most was set through a canyon as Max and Furiosa battle a gang of bikers. As the music ramps up, Max hands Furiosa a weapon, which he was keeping her away from. When that happens, no words are exchanged, only a look. A silent agreement, an understanding between the two, that their need for each other to survive is evident. And so the dance begins.

Max picks off one biker here (BAM!). Furiosa picks off another Image 7one there (BOOM!). The sequence for defense is laid out and it is seamlessly beautiful. I didn’t think it was possible to have a second viewing of the same film and still keep my heart racing as it did the first time.

The Bad.

I can usually pick out “the bad” from a film. Plot holes, horrible scenes, atrocious acting with god awful dialogue that makes you want to pull your teeth out, but I’m really finding it hard with this film. And I’ve seen the movie twice in theaters plus six times in my head.

So if you want some adrenaline in your diet with a side of pulse pounding action to wet your car crash whistle, this is the film for you my friend. I like to think that George Miller took a step outside of the G and PG rated movie building, saw the state of car action films these days and said, “Alright boys, let me show you how it’s done.” It took him 30 years to get this bad boy off ground; I only hope that it doesn’t take nearly as long for the next one. Because Mr. Miller, the world is going mad and we need more Max in it.

Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas Accuses Mel Gibson of Hating Jews

Los Angeles: April 11, 2012

TheWrap.com has revelead that Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is accusing actor, Mel Gibson, his recent collaborator on a movie about Jewish revolt, of “hating Jews” and using him to deflect his anti-Semitic reputation.

In an explosive nine-page letter to Gibson obtained by TheWrap, the screenwriter wrote that the director of “The Passion of the Christ” never intended to make the movie about Jewish heroism, called “The Maccabees.”

Read the full article HERE.

Randy Quaid: “Star Whackers Are Trying to Murder Me”

Vancouver, Canada. October 28, 2010.

Actor Randy Quaid claimed Thursday that there is a “malignant tumor of star whackers in Hollywood” out to ruin his life and career.

“I am being embezzled from by this monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my445-people_randy_quaidsffembeddedprod_affiliate36 career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties,” Quaid said in a prepared statement outside the Immigration and Refugee Board in Vancouver. “I wish to return to only one thing: work.”

Quaid claimed he and his wife Evi are victims of a 20-year conspiracy. He blamed bankers, studio executives, former financial and legal advisers and even his brother Dennis Quaid for their legal troubles.

Quaid claimed eight actors he worked with died “mysteriously.” He said friends Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine, were “whacked” and that Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson “are being played to get at their money.”

The couple’s ex-private detective Becky Altringer told reporters that the the conspiracy theory is false. Altringer said the only one who poses Randy or Evi Quaid danger is Evi Quaid.

The actor’s bid for refugee status in Canada at the Immigration and Refugee Board was postponed to Nov. 8. They are also due in court in Santa Barbara on November 2nd. Their attorney said they would attend if they are “legally obliged” but they would first “strategize” their next move.

Hollywood Not Cutting Mel Gibson Any Slack

While Lindsay Lohan keeps scoring a “get out of jail free card,” Hollywood is not doing Mel Gibson the same favor.

Mr. Gibson mel_gibson11was fired from”Hangover 2″ less than 24 hours after being offered a minor role because the cast and crew complained about working with the abusive and troubled actor.

Director Todd Phillips has since found a replacement: the totally uncontroversial Liam Neeson! Unlike both Gibson and Mike Tyson (who appeared in the original Hangover), Neeson has never done anything to offend anyone.

Gibson has to be be pissed off but he has no one to blame but himself.

Talk about mid-life crisis. Mel Gibson is a walking time bomb.

Be scared. Very scared.

Gibson Camp Scrambles to Save Mel’s Reputation

Sorry Guys. Too Late for That.

Since the release of the fifth tape revealing Mel Gibson’s mad rants and threats against his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, his team have gone into overdrive to mel_gibson2present Mel as an up-standing citizen and fine husband and father to his multitude of kids.

They have found audio experts to state that the tapes have been “tampered” with even after various top experts for the CIA and the FBI have analyzed the tapes and conformed their authenticity.

They have also convinced Mel’s ex wife, Robyn Gibson to write a letter to the court to state that “Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during or after our marriage.” Robyn also claims that there was never any domestic violence perpetrated by Mel against any of their children.

Wonder if the fact that Mrs. Gibson is due to receive upwards of $450 MILLION dollars from her divorce from the insane actor have anything to do with her stepping up to save his reputation. Nah. It couldn’t be.

Gibson’s lawyers say he was set up but there is a ton evidence to indicate the opposite.  Oksana’s teeth were knocked out, there is a bruise on their baby’s chin, allegedly from when Mel hit Oksana while she was holding the child. Oksana’s son is also reported to have witnessed the verbal abuse of his mother.

Next they will claim Gibson’s traffic stop and subsequent anti-semitic rant to a Malibu police officer was also a set up.

Poor Mel. The world is out to get him. Him and OJ Simpson. Both victims.

Please! Someone from Gibson’s camp get this abusive, angry old man some help before he hurts someone, or even worse, kills someone or maybe self destructs from the venom brewing inside him. Compared to him, Lindsay Lohan is Mother Terresa.

One thing for sure. We will be hearing a LOT more about Gibson in the coming months.

MEL GIBSON and the “N” WORD

Actor at it again.

RadarOnline.com has obtained a tape of actor Mel Gibson ranting and shouting at his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

In the tape Mel is heard blasting Grigorieva for the way she is dressed, telling her ,”you look like a f—— pig in heat, and mel-gibsonif you get raped by a pack of n——, it will be your fault.”

Gibson also tells Grigorieva  he will burn down her home.

His latest outburst came during a series of explosive arguments with Grigorieva, mother of his infant daughter Lucia. oksana-grigorieva-mel-gibson-kids-not-talking-divorceThey have been battling in court, with documents under seal, for the past several weeks.

Previously, Gibson shocked the world with his anti-Semetic comments when busted for a DUI in Malibu.  He eventually made an attempt at an appology via a Diane Sawyer interview, though many felt it was not enough, and Gibson never fully articulated an “I’m sorry.”

Even earlier this year, when the anti-Semetic issue was gingerly brought up, Gibson was prickly and defensive. During an interview with KTLA’s Sam Rubin, who suggested that some people in Hollywood might never want to work with him again after his “remarks,” a wild-eyed Gibson leaned in and said to the Jewish reporter: “I gather you have a dog in this fight?”

Days before, he had stormed out of an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher. (He resumed the interview later.)

Now, the new racist outburst has taken the Oscar winner to an even deeper low.

You can hear his racist, misogynistic rant here.

or visit www.RadarOnline.com