’Mad Max’ is a Must [column]

JUMP into a cinema seat and buckle up because George Miller’s highly anticipated resuscitation of the ‘Mad Max’ franchise is nothing short of a wild ride through our very own Namib Desert.

Filmed on location just outside Swakopmund and starring Tom Hardy alongside Charlize Theron, Miller’s dystopian road film hurtles across the screen at ludicrous speed trailing exhaust fumes laced with notes of feminism, hope, vengeance and redemption.

Though the original film in the franchise was first produced over 30 years ago, ‘Mad Max’s’ return to the silver screen is as certified fresh as ever.

Introducing Tom Hardy as the titular character originated by Mel Gibson and with much of the action driven by Charlize’s Imperator Furiosa, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015) presents a high speed, imaginative and peculiar post-apocalyptic Earth in which humans are forced to live on the brink of starvation in a world gone terribly wrong.

Barren, violent and rife with birth defects and disease, post-apocalyptic Australia is ruled by Immortan Joe played by franchise familiar Hugh Keays-Byrne who distributes Aqua Cola and food supplies with a tight fist in-between impregnating five breed worthy wives.

Needless to say, the state of affairs finally pisses someone off and Furiosa flies the coop with a crazed convoy of Immortan Joe’s war boys in hot pursuit. Along the way, she encounters Max, a human blood bag for Nux, a war boy, who reluctantly helps her traverse the barren lands between places as sinister sounding as the Bullet Farm.

Screened in 3D and making the most of epic crashes, dodges, close calls, Cirque du Soleil and biker boys set to a pulsating score by Junkie XL, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is much to watch and hear while thrilled to be thinking “Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!”

As for ‘Mad Max’s’ damsels, they are not entirely in distress. Furiosa is the film’s heroine as are Immortan Joe’s wives who all play a plucky hand in their own salvation. Throw in a couple of grannies who waste no time taking up arms against the evil Immortan Joe and you have women beyond banal build-ups to romance and presented instead as active agents in their own considerably crazy lives. Sure, with a little help from Max but crafty and kick-ass in their own right while still being feminine and fantastic.

Almost all chase, the film is sparse on dialogue, heavy on action but with ample room for some gruff heart. A mesmerising extravaganza of sand and fire, Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a must see for anyone who likes their films great, grandiose and ever on the brink of blowing something or someone up.

Oh, and watch out for some Namibian girl power representing in the credits. Light on Lara-Lyn Ahrens, cue Kulan Ganes and jump to Genevieve Detering. You go girls!

All made mad to the max. In Nam.

Source : The Namibian