Furiosa : A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa : A Mad Max Saga
Original title:Furiosa : A Mad Max Saga
Director: George Miller
Running time:148 minutes
Release date:24 may 2024
In a world in decline, young Furiosa is torn from the Green Earth and captured by a horde of bikers led by the fearsome Dementus. As she tries to survive Desolation, Immortan Joe and find her way home, Furiosa has only one obsession: revenge.

Mulder's Review

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is an explosive, high-spirited prequel that takes us back to the origins of the indomitable Imperator Furiosa. Directed by George Miller, the film follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Mad Max: Fury Road, while blazing its own trail. Set in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback, the film plunges us into a desolate world devastated by environmental collapse. We meet young Furiosa, played by the remarkable Alyla Browne, who is abducted from her family's oasis, The Green Land, by marauding thugs. The film's atmosphere is that of a sun-scorched wasteland filled with deranged characters and treacherous terrain, all brilliantly captured by cinematographer Simon Duggan.

The story follows Furiosa's journey from innocent girl to fierce warrior. After her abduction, she finds herself in the hands of Dementus, played by Chris Hemsworth, a show-off but stubborn warlord. Following a series of harrowing events, including chewing through a fuel line to escape, Furiosa finds herself in the Citadel, under the rule of Immortan Joe, played by Lachy Hulme. The film explores themes of survival, revenge and the loss of innocence. Furiosa's transformation is motivated by a burning hatred and a desperate desire for revenge, particularly against Dementus. Her journey is a testament to resilience and cunning, showing her evolution into the hardened one-armed warrior we meet in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Chris Hemsworth delivers a memorable performance as Dementus, blending humor and menace, while Anya Taylor-Joy takes over as the older Furiosa with a smooth transition. Her interpretation of the character's quiet intensity and unyielding determination is convincing. The supporting cast, including Tom Burke as Praetorian Jack, adds depth to the story, particularly in the film's quieter, more contemplative moments. Taylor-Joy's performance as the older Furiosa, combined with Alyla Browne's expressive eyes and subtle body movements as the younger Furiosa, create a coherent and powerful character arc.

True to the Mad Max franchise, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is packed with spectacular action sequences. From exhilarating chases to explosive stunts, the film maintains a relentless pace that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. The construction of the War Rig, illustrated by accelerated photography, and the visceral, high-intensity battles are highlights that illustrate George Miller's mastery of action cinema. The action scenes aren't just visual spectacles, they're also integral to the story, revealing Furiosa's skills as an unflappable mechanic, problem-solver, acrobat and driver, honed over the years.

Despite its chaotic nature, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has a strong emotional core. The bond between Furiosa and Praetorian Jack brings a touch of humanity to an otherwise brutal world. Their relationship is portrayed with subtlety and depth, adding a layer of emotional complexity to the film. Tom Burke's portrayal of Praetorian Jack, though limited in time, is striking and memorable. The romance between Furiosa and Jack, set against the backdrop of a desolate, violent world, adds a poignant contrast to the film's relentless action and brutality.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a thrilling and visually stunning addition to the Mad Max universe. It not only enriches the story of one of the franchise's most iconic characters, but also stands out as a powerful tale of survival and revenge. With its blend of frantic action, compelling performances and a richly detailed world, this film is a must-see for fans and newcomers alike. George Miller has once again delivered a cinematic experience as exhilarating as it is challenging. The film's ability to combine intense action with deep emotional storytelling makes it one of the best in the franchise, and a worthy successor to Mad Max: Fury Road.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Directed by George Miller
Written by George Miller, Nico Lathouris
Based on Characters by George Miller, Byron Kennedy
Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Alyla Browne
Cinematography : Simon Duggan
Edited by Margaret Sixel, Eliot Knapman
Music by Tom Holkenborg
Production company : Kennedy Miller Mitchell Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates : 15 May 2024 (Cannes), 22 May 2024 (France), 24 May 2024 (United States)
Running time : 148 minutes

Seen May 21, 2024 at Gaumont Disney Village, Imax Room seat E18

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