A MAD MAX saga relies on action, big-screen appeal

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (English) Review {2.5/5} and Review Rating

Star Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Alaila Brown

Director: George Miller

Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga Movie Synopsis:
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga It is the story of a woman out for revenge. A young Furiosa (Alaila Brown) lives in a place called ‘Green Place’, a sort of oasis in the middle of a desert region. A biker gang entered Green Place. They kidnap Furiosa and take her to their warlord, Dementus.Chris Hemsworth, Furiosa’s mother Mary (Charlie Fraser) breaks into the Dementus’ camp and takes Furiosa away. But Dementus and his men capture Mary and kill her. Furiosa is taken back. The biker who captures Furiosa tells Dementus that she is in a ‘place of abundance’. Furiosa refuses to reveal his location and also slits the biker’s throat. So Dementus decides to find the place himself. Along the way, he comes across a fortress run by Immortan Joe (Lachie Hulme). Believing his own forces to be stronger, Dementus attempted to capture the fort but was defeated. He runs away. However, he manages to capture Gastown. Immortal allows Joe Dementus to run Gastown, and in return, he asks Furiosa, seeing her as a breeder, to give birth to children for the rest of her life. All have ulterior motives – Dementus wants to take over the castle and the Wasteland’s other stronghold, The Bullet Farm. Immorton can’t wait to defeat Joe Dementus. Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy), meanwhile, grows up and wants to kill Dementus and return to her home. What happens next sets up the rest of the film.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Movie Story Review:
The story by George Miller and Nico Latouris is a fantasy and predates the events of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015). The screenplay by George Miller and Nico Latouris is mixed. Although some scenes are exceptionally written, the script also has some loose ends. Dialogues add to the fun and drama.

George Miller’s direction is great. Making a prequel to a classic film is always a challenge. After all, they can predict what will happen next as they have seen what the future holds for the characters. In this regard, veteran filmmakers come out with flying colors. He keeps one engaged and adds many fascinating and unexpected moments that keep the interest going. The opening scene is excellent and sets the mood. Some of the scenes are, as expected, heroic and applause-worthy.

On the other hand, the film goes to a high level in the beginning and the later episodes do not reach that level. There are gaps in the narrative that hinder the impact. For example, Furiosa turns into a child of war, and it seems that Immortal Joe never had a clue about it. Didn’t he try to find her especially when she was so precious to him? Dementus taking over Bullet Farm also seems far-fetched and, moreover, not even depicted. After all, the climax doesn’t give one a kick.

Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga Movie Screening:
Anya Taylor-Joy is perfect for the part and impresses with her no-nonsense avatar and looks. However, her entry was late and Alayla Brown also deserves a mention for playing the young Furiosa perfectly. Chris Hemsworth essays an over-the-top character. But he makes it convincing and adds to the narrative. Tom Burke (Praetorian Jack) is impressive in a supporting role. Lachie Hulme leaves a mark. Charlie Fraser glowed. Nathan Jones (Rictus), Josh Helman (Scrotus) and John Howard (The People Eater) are fine. Angus Sampson (Mechanic) is wasted.

Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga Music and Other Technical Aspects:
Tom Holkenborg’s music is exhilarating. Simon Duggan’s cinematography is stunning and gives the film its big screen appeal. Colin Gibson’s production design is in sync with the MAD MAX world. The same can be said for Jenny Beavan’s costumes. The action is interesting but it gets repetitive after a point. Editing by Eliot Knapman and Margaret Sixel is perfect. Although the film is 145 minutes long, it never gets boring.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Movie Conclusion:
Overall, FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA relies on action, big screen appeal, and the performances of Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth. However, the script has dead ends and hence, it does not reach the level of the previous film, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. At the box office, limited buzz and adult ratings might affect the collections.

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