Heather Lee talks 80’s correlations and women’s heroism on a look back of ‘Mad Max Fury Road’

The 80’s brought us movies that sparked the interest for directors and writers to give their audiences, ideas of what the future will be. It heightened your imagination and filled your dreams with fast paced excitement. You continued to wonder, will there be flying cars, machines that kill? Or will the world we know be a desolated apocalyptic world where we as humans have to follow our pack instincts, create a race that will concur, destroy and be the dominate being overall.

Director George Miller’s Mad Max Trilogy, were movies of an era that any action junky found to be heart racing and stimulating. It has been 20 years since the last Mad Max movie was released and no one can deny that with the recent release of the fourth, Mad Max Fury Road, George Miller has set a new precedence when it comes to action movies and what future movies in this genre will have to live up to. The very second the film starts you are hit with a fury of exhilarating fight scenes, furious fires of redemption and vengeance, and the smell of burning oil and clouds. There is an exhaust coming off the engines and modified cars, that fills your imagination ,while you sit on the edge of your seat. Mad Max Fury Road is a continuous roller coaster of high-pressure destruction, stunt filled attack scenes, mixed with a sense of an emotional sadness and the yearning for a new revolution to begin.

Still of Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road Photo by Jasin Boland - © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Still of Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Photo by Jasin Boland – © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron portray Mad Max and Furiosa  in all their glory. What was surprising for me is the focus on women’s heroism. The original  Mad Max movies had a heavy focus on Max, but the women in Mad Max Fury Road have an equal part in how the weight of the film goes. From each furious fuelled filled chase Furiosa, the wives and the elder warrior women who join the fight in the end are as strong and aggressive as any of the men in the movie. Charlize Theron has given new meaning to the “road warrior” by portraying such a strong character that can stand up to any challenge as much as a man would or be expecting.


Mad Max Fury was never a disappointment at any point throughout the film. Your heart was always pounding, the high-octane battles, gear grinding cars and motorcycles with blades and other fire shooting weapons kept you glued to the screen. Even the flame throwing guitar player on top of his own car of destruction was a great part to the speed rolling action.


MAD MAX FURY road is playing in theaters everywhere. It is directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton.


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