I was honestly surprised when George Miller’s critically lauded Mad Max: …
Major American Studios rarely give as much money to directors to make films as bold and odd as Fury Road as Warner Bros. did when they supplied Miller and company with what they needed. It is a special movie, not the least because if its fresh take on the property but for its place in the multiplex landscape in this early 21st century. It is a franchise installment, therefore it is banking on brand name recognition, but few could possibly lambast it for being a lazy studio project. This is a Mad Max film, and it’s as mad as they come.
The Road Warrior, as it shall be referred to for the remainder of the present article, wonderfully expands on the universe created by George Miller and company two years prior in the initial entry in the series. Aided by a greater budget and a bigger crew, the director offers viewers a brilliantly harsh, violent, vast region in which every decision made by a character can make the difference between life and death.
It has been written and said countless of times before, therefore there is little point in avoiding the obvious. George Miller’s 1979 surprise hit Mad Max not only provided a new subgenre of thriller, the post-apocalyptic thriller, a stunning shot in the arm, it also helped pave the way to stardom for its lead actor, Mel Gibson.