I Hate Mad Max Fury Road

Tom Hardy in Mad Max Fury Road

 

Not only do I hate Mad Max: Fury Road, I feel deeply betrayed. Everything that made me love the previous movies was simply not present in this one. This atrocity of a film took an iconic world and turned it into a Hollywood trope. Pardon my language but…Miller, how fucking dare you!!

I should probably explain more in depth. Also, I’m not even going to try to avoid spoilers, just FYI.

Mad Max, what the hell are you doing there?

The movie begins with Max being hunted…for some reason that’s never explained. And we don’t know if this is a hunt that’s been going on and he thought he had shaken them off or if this is as out of the blue for him as it is for us. Just, one moment, Max is staring off into the distance while eating a two-headed lizard (and, honestly, I thought he was taking a pee at first) and, the next, his driving like a crazed fugitive. We don’t know if Mad Max came to that area because he was looking for water or other supplies. We don’t know whether this is the Mad Max post-first movie or Mad Max post-Thunderdome. I know we’re supposed to know that going in but I would have like some form of explanation.

And, to add insult to injury, his Ford Falcon gets wrecked early on, fixed, and then totaled later. We barely see it, which is just salt in the wounds, thank you very much. At least when the Falcon was destroyed in the original trilogy, there was a reason behind it and it felt like the death of a character. In this movie, it was just the destruction of a prop, which I found to be appalling. Like so much in Hollywood anymore, it was destruction for the sake of destruction.

Where are the Australians??

Am I insane or does this movie not take place in Australia? Because I could have sworn that it does. Almost all of the characters have either an American or a British accent. With the exception of Farscape‘s Melissa Jaffer, there were practically no Aussie accents. I could count the number of Aussie accents on one hand. One of the things that makes a Mad Max movie are the Australians. Their accents, their slang, all of it. I know that American cinema has this weird habit of using subtitles when incorporating other accents even when said person is speaking English and I know Miller probably would have felt compelled to do that…but I really don’t care. Mad Max takes place in Australia among Australians, so where are the accents? This leads me to my next question…

Max, are you even Australian?

Hardy kept dropping his accent! One second, he sounds like his character out of Lawless. The next, he’s frickin’ Bane. At one point, he sounded just like Charles-freaking-Bronson. It was like he couldn’t settle on an accent. At first, it didn’t really matter as Mad Max only communicated in grunts and monosyllables. But when he started to have actual lines, Hardy couldn’t settle on an accent.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Tom Hardy. I have ever since he played Picard’s clone in Star Trek: Nemesis. He was amazing in the final volume of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy . I really was excited about him being Mad Max, though I would have preferred they selected an Aussie for the role. Now all I can feel is dismay and wonder what went wrong with Hardy’s preparation for this role.

Besides, Hollywood is xenophobic enough as it is. It did not need Miller enabling that phobia.

Why is any of this happening??

Okay, here’s the general plot of the movie.

Furiosa is a warrior of Immortan Joe, and appears to be the only female warrior. Somehow, she interacts with Immortan’s wives, despite the fact that he keeps them in a locked vault. And she somehow gets them out of the vault and into the empty tanker she’s taking to Gas Town. She goes off course but the warriors escorting her don’t really question at first. They have all this respect and loyalty toward Furiosa, apparently. Immotan realizes what’s happened, loses his shit, and gathers up all of his able-bodied War Boys (as well as his personal rock band) to go after Furiosa and his five wives, two of whom are pregnant.

Mad Max goes along because he’s being used as a living blood bag for a War Boy named Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult. We know that War Boys are also called “half life” because they have shortened lifespans but that doesn’t explain why Nux needed a blood transfusion. Was this supposed to extend his lifespan somehow? Oh, well, I guess Miller decided we didn’t need to know. It was just enough that Nux needed his blood bag, his blood bag was Max, and so Mad Max got to come along because Nux refused to be left behind.

Not only does Immortan bring every War Boy he can, he also rounds up war parties from Gas Town and the Bullet Farmer.  It’s at least one hundred armed fighting men against six women and one guy who keeps hallucinating a daughter that he didn’t even have in the first movie. Can we say overkill? At least in the original trilogy, there was a certain level of logic. Not only did Miller leave logic behind, but he paused long enough to piss on it.

The Cesarean

At one point, one of the pregnant wives falls out of the rig, gets run over, but is barely damaged. (Yet she still dies.) Immortan has a C-section done on her but it’s too late. The baby is already dead. We only get to see the feet of the child and hear a bunch of squishing noises but even that is almost too much. The man who performs the C-section plays with the umbilical cord while telling Immortan that it was a boy but wasn’t far enough along to be a “viable human being”. I was so deeply offended and shocked by their callousness and view of people as objects, I almost walked out. My husband said that it’s believable that this would be a time in which such atrocities could happen but it wasn’t at all necessary to the plot.

And it wasn’t. It was just another one of Hollywood’s moments of seeing how far they can push something. Also, after the death, and after one line made by the wives, it’s almost as if the girl had never lived. Despite the girls going on about how they aren’t “things”, once the character served her purpose, she stopped existing.

I’ll have the old trilogy, I think.

As we walked out (and we didn’t even stay to watch the credits like we normally did), The Husband and I agreed we would pretend that the movie never happened. There were so many logic flaws, so much over-the-top action (and that’s saying something since this is a Mad Max movie), and so much unnecessary carnage that it was an insult to the classic films. All of the bad habits Hollywood has developed (its senselessness, its xenophobia, its need for flash without plot) screwed up what could have been a fantastic continuation of a classic movie franchise. Neither of us can understand why the movie is getting so many rave reviews. But, in case you are planning to see it, I won’t rant about the ending. But, yeah, I hated that part, too.

31 Comments

  1. Dave Robertosn said:

    I loathed this movie. My wife and I were appaled. I loved the Mad Max trilogy even Thunder dome while not great was still a plot. And once the mutant guitarist came out I knew all hope was lost. The only thing I can assume with the rave reviews, everyone, including myself were SOOO anticipating the return of Mad Max, that the reviewers asset it couldn’t be bad and that Miller is operating on a higher plane of plot development and story writing that we could possibly comprehend. My review of Mad Max Glory Road, sucked, sucked so hard that Miller should posthumously rename this film to take it out of the genre. It’s almost as if it came out of the intentional campy B movie production house that was responsible for Sharknado, and Jack the Giant Killer. #hatedmadmax

    June 3, 2015
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    • Suzanna said:

      I agree…except for the Jack the Giant Killer part. I really liked that movie, but probably because I was expecting something campy and fun, with no intention of taking it seriously.

      June 3, 2015
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  2. David said:

    I agree with the review and the destruction of the V8 Interceptor at the beginning was the end of it for me. And Max is suppose to be a great driver. In the movie, he seems no better (or worse) than any other driver. While visually spectacular, the movie should have been called anything except mad max.

    September 10, 2015
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    • Suzanna said:

      The fact that they lessened his driving skills was definitely another nail in the coffin. In the first Mad Max film, when the Nightrider is fleeing the police, he’s yelling and laughing. He’s glorying in his element. The moment Max gets behind him, he breaks down in tears. He’s terrified. That’s how good of a driver Mad Max is supposed to be but none of that skill appeared in Fury Road. If Nightrider encountered the Fury Road Max, he would have just kept right on laughing.

      September 10, 2015
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  3. Beestingza said:

    Nice to see some folks not buying into all the hype around this laughably stupid movie. Not that the originals weren’t stupid also, but they at least had Gibson in his prime (I have to admit the dude had charisma), and more odd humor and lots more Aussie sensibility. All those elements were sucked out of this film, leaving a dried husk of suck.

    October 6, 2015
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  4. Bobfrog said:

    Totally agree with all the faults you cite, but you forgot the prime fault in my book and that is this film is BORING. I could only watch the first hour and that felt like a parody of the originals…

    December 29, 2015
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  5. I agree 8 trillion percent – I can’t believe it was just nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture

    January 14, 2016
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  6. Suzie said:

    actually this was the fantastic movie and it is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time I truly cannot understand how anyone could think this movie sucks. I guarantee this movie will go down in cinematic history and will be remembered for centuries to come. You must have all been dropped on the head as babies if you think this movie sucks. That’s my opinion and I am sticking by it.

    February 28, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      You are welcome to your opinion but suggesting we’re brain damaged for not liking a movie is going a bit far, don’t you think?

      February 29, 2016
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  7. Hector said:

    Thank god for your review because I was beginning to think that I was the only person who thought this movie sucks , not only that but how the fuck does this movie win more than one Oscar !!!????

    March 2, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      And Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t get anything. It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Hector.

      March 2, 2016
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  8. mick said:

    Hey I agree. I love mad max and mad max 2: The road warrior. Even with the fake blower the XB Ford Falcon coupe had in those movies. It was still believable!! The crashes seemed more real in the original 3 as did the driving!! Everything in fury road looked fake. I also think the doof warrior sucked in the movie as well!! Should rename it from mad max. I didn’t like thunderdome much but thunderdome was the better movie in this case. Very disappointed in this over rated movie

    March 5, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      And the fact that Miller prefers practical effects (and the majority of the stunts were practical in Mad Max), the fact that it looked fake to you makes it all the more disappointing. I think the huge CGI dust storm that no one could possibly drive through was more than a little horrifying. My husband said that the storm itself didn’t behave like a dust storm should.

      March 5, 2016
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  9. Varden Longraf said:

    And might I add to the critique that no once in the film did I ever feel the apocalyptic feel like the original Mad Max movies did with Crazy Mel. That was another major factor that threw me off as well what the write mentioned. Secondly this movie was hardly about Max at all and as a huge fan of the originals i felt betrayed to the fact that max was a sub note to every other character which atrocious. Every movie follows Max and in this one he almost seemed forgotten. I felt the stunts themselves too were way overdone in many of scenes and very unbelievable with villains themselves that seem about as daft as you’d that Max in any other movie would have finished in about 15 min of the movie. His intelligence was completely nil as if he never served on the Main Force Patrol for those many years as a well respected officer and made the movie to me nothing more than an abortion for everything holy about his legacy.

    May 30, 2016
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  10. elchapetas said:

    I didnt like this movie, i simply didnt, yeah the effects and action was pretty cool, but it all gets bogged down by the mere fact that there is nothing more than just that, action. I cant get frantic and pumped up if I dont care what happens to anyone. This is like seeing a car chase in the news, sure theres a lot of action going on, but i cant care less what happens to any party, they all could die in a huge explosion and ill be unfazed, well maybe a little amused by the fireworks, but thats it.

    Similar things happen when theres a championship of some shit going on that you dont give a fuck, no matter what the hell happens, you will not give a damn at any point, the championship might as well not have happened at all. You must connect to the events going on to have ardent emotional responses, the action of Fury Road was thunderous! and a little connection with the characters and/or story would have changed everything! but alas it failed miserably in that department.

    Every aspect of the characters is lame, max is just some dude grunting and moaning and furiosa (stupid fucking name) is pretty much the same shit, just that she talks and has a prosthetic arm which amounts to nothing, and the war boy is a total “meh!”, these 3 guys are totally interchangeable. The bad guy is just that, bad and has his “mean” costume which again, amounts to nothing, nothing is explained about his condition, which was a pretty good opportunity to give the audience some creeps about him, increasing curiosity and interest. His henchmen were total cannonfodder. The hot girls and grandmas might as well not been there at all, the fact that 1 is pregnant is totally pointless. If you’re gonna place supermodels in a movie, at least give us some fanservice! Still I can see far better girls on xvideos any day.

    We also get to know about some other factions, like the buzzards or the canyon dudes (which may be the same i dont know), which again, were excellent elements to have some background, but their roll falls pretty much in the same ground of stormtroopers, just with cooler outfits.

    And finally we get to the story, but sorry folks, there is no story, period. How the fuck do the grandmas even survive in the desert anyway?

    So in conclusion, if you want a lot of noise and explosions going about, then Fury Road is the movie for you, though to be fair, you’ll get a much better experience by playing GTA V.

    July 15, 2016
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    • elchapetas said:

      I was also expecting to see an oasis or something, that shit about going back kinda defeated the whole high speed persecution narrative, it was a shitty plot twist.

      July 15, 2016
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  11. Justin said:

    Thank you God for you people. I seriously thought I was losing my mind watching this horrendous film. No joke, I checked rotten tomatoes 3 times watching this. I still can’t believe I’m watching the same film that has like a 97% positive rating and was nominated for Oscars. It’s Kaufkaesque. The acting is unhoned and unfocused, the plot is just things happening withou any tangible narrative or purpose and the effects shoe horned and mediocre. The world of the film is inherently contradictiory (world is doomed for lack of oil, but there’s enough to power multiple armies of marauders? Oh, and some just shoot off giant flame throwers for no reason… World is doomed for lack of water, but the clown guy just dumps a shit load out onto the ground in front of parched peons without the sense to actually put their baskets into the stream, they just all stand in front of the previous torrent and collect dew..WTF? And why do they have stupid straw baskets at all, when apparently they can also make a giant industrial palace carved into rock, indestructible (when it’s convenient) monster trucks, 20 string guitars with like a hundred amps to go with and cyber-kinetic robotic arms? Sorry, I’m rambling because I’m just indignant. It’s just… offensively bad and convoluted. I feel like this more of a rape support group than a movie thread for me right now. I don’t care if anyone even reads this, I just needed to get it out there, you know? Thanks again everyone.

    July 23, 2016
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  12. Ranjit said:

    Everyone on here crazy this movie was awesome. And to the whiny wench who wrote the review I hope you enjoy whatever PG13 trash you normally watch but dont judge this movie for not being tame enuff for your delicate sensibilitys. The fact that you were angry with the baby c section seen tells me this movie was not ment for you. He says it was almost a viable human being meaning the baby was not deformed or mutated in any way not to suggest the baby is somehow worthless because it did not fully develop. And all he did was spin the umbilical cord with a defeated look on his face…OMG HOW TERRIBLE you must have led a sheltered life idiot

    August 7, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      Dear Ranjit,

      While I applaud you on the use of the word “wench” (that term doesn’t get used nearly enough), I do need to point out that your grammar and spelling need serious work. I also need to point out three other things. First, if my latest novel were to be made into a movie and that movie remained true to the book, it would be rated R for gore. My first book would be rated R based off a torture scene. Only my second book could be PG-13 and that would be a “strong” PG-13. As far as going to the movies, I watched Deadpool and enjoyed it thoroughly, and that had more swearing, nudity, and sex than Mad Max. My main issue with the violence and disregard for human life that Mad Max shows is not based on a dislike of violence. What I found offensive was that there was no point to it. It was overblown and unnecessary. Here’s a world that has limited gasoline resources and they’re blowing gallons and gallons of it in a huge car chase and mobile rock band. It makes no sense. I also had other problems that had more to do with storytelling than violence. Now, for my second point:

      You have no idea what I have seen and experienced in my life. You do not know me. You have not been in my shoes. You have not cowered beside me under a bed while a drunk breaks my mother’s body and puts holes in the walls. And you have not walked with me through drug-infested sections of a town. You were not with me when I was shot at or threatened. Do not call me sheltered because I am anything but that.

      Finally, no one is an idiot for not liking a movie. Movies provoke responses in people and those responses are subjective. It is not a measure of intelligence. If you disagree with me, then that’s fine. I’m a writer and people disagree with me on the quality of my books every other week. It comes with the territory. But calling names is not needed and is downright rude and childish. If you reply to my reply, it will probably be a nonsensical rush of insults written with poor grammar and spelling. Have fun with that, since I moderate all my comments.

      I hope you have a nice day and please learn to treat people a little more nicely. As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

      Sincerely,
      Suzanna Linton

      August 9, 2016
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  13. Scott said:

    I thought I’d add in my two cents about this movie also, even if I’m a few years late to the party. I really didn’t like it; while “Thunderdome” seemed at least in the same universe but was silly, “Fury Road” goes off on a freakish tangent. Just to list it out:

    The world of Max: If you go through the trouble to play the video game and read the comics Miller got the idea Max embodied the legendary hero arc, therefore it was okay to embellish his story as people would in retelling a legend around a campfire. “Fury Road” takes place some time after “Thunderdome” when Max has rebuilt his Interceptor (a rare high end muscle car assembled from parts in a post apocalypse world—right), and had tried to rescue a woman named Hope and her daughter Glory and failed, leading into the events of “Fury Road.” “Road Warrior” showed a world gone mad, “Fury Road” shows it as terminally sick. The look of everything from the doubled up cars to Immortan Joe to the jerky action was more like a bizarre horror movie, and Miller had supposedly wanted to make it as a silent black and white a first. The first three movies showed a progression of society falling apart, this is dime store novel science fiction.

    Tom Hardy: Gibson is small framed and in the later two movies is scruffy like a junk yard dog. He said little but conveyed a lot with his actions and persona. Hardy is too healthy (even a little overweight) and young for someone who was an adult before the apocalypse–his youth ties into Miller’s idea of a legendary Max but he has no persona, just dully looking at things. So we’re stuck scratching our head wondering if this is really Max or an imposter.

    Furiosa/Vulvani: A lot of my female friends liked this movie solely for this. Strong female characters have a place, like Ripley in Aliens, but Max was supposed to be the main character–he was really in a supporting role, and Furiosa is only a little less wooden than him, and they have zero chemistry. The Vulvani—the name alone is bad enough, plus I wonder at the one younger one who spent all day atop the windmill as bait in a trap—for who in the middle of nowhere?

    Guns: The first three movies had a scarcity of firearms, this was essential to the Wild West style of the chases, and considering the gun control laws Australia later enacted may have been a little prescient. Now we’re back to action movie bad guys blaring away with full auto weapons, or at least some of them. Why put a guy on a big pole and try to bend it over a vehicle in a chase to stab an enemy when a rifle would work better?

    I only sat through this movie once, and every time it’s come up since have turned it off. What really made “Road Warrior” stand out was the incredible real world stunts and the characters, the sense that there was something deeper going on. The Humungus was complex and mysterious, Papagallo operated with a sense of principle, Wez was just plain crazy but with realistic limits on what he could do.. Here it’s a CGI over the top mess, and yes that guitarist was too much. If anything I would have wanted to see a “redo” of the first movie, this time with the Interceptor taking up more than five minutes of screen time. Instead I hope this doesn’t get a sequel.

    September 18, 2017
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    • Suzanna said:

      I agree with everything you’ve said! I thought Hardy was a bad casting choice as well. He doesn’t look anything like Max and doesn’t command the same persona.

      September 19, 2017
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  14. jairo mejia said:

    Wow this movie is the worst remake I’ve ever seen wait ….the worst fucking movie I’ve ever seen

    February 5, 2019
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    • Was it meant to have been a remake? That was one thing I never understood, where it fell in Mad Max canon.

      February 6, 2019
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  15. Sean Rainer said:

    Just read a blurb in the NYT from a writer that says he watches this movie once a year because it is so good. I immediately searched “I hate Fury Road” and this was the first link that came up. THANK YOU for the catharsis!

    May 19, 2020
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  16. lucas said:

    I prefer the 2015 game.

    June 20, 2020
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  17. Alfred Cowling said:

    Glad to see that some also saw Doof as a bad character. Personally one of the worst characters in a movie I’ve ever watched.

    July 27, 2020
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