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Fury Road

FURY ROAD is doing great business at the Cocteau... and, indeed, all over Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the country. I saw it myself last night. It has got to be one of the most relentless action movies ever made, if not THE most intense. Pretty much non-stop from beginning to end.

I've often said that the climatic chase sequence at the end of THE ROAD WARRIOR was the best car chase scene ever put on film (it's what DAMNATION ALLEY should have been, as I once told Roger Zelazny -- who agreed). Well, FURY ROAD is the ROAR WARRIOR chase sequence with the dial turned up... not just to 11, but to 47 or some such.

Truth be told, I sometimes get bored during car chases. Not this one. It has a human context that gives it a power lacking in FAST & FURIOUS and TRANSFORMERS movies.

So, yes, I liked this one. A lot.

One thing I did miss, however. THE ROAD WARRIOR (a great film) and BEYOND THUNDERDOME (a good film with flaws) both ended with wonderful, moving, elegiac voice overs. The one from THUNDERDOME always brings a tear to my eye.

FURY ROAD has no similar elegy at the end. I missed that... the poetry of it, and the sense of triumph and tragedy that it left me with, a feeling that elevated the movie into myth.

Even so, it's a helluva movie.

See it at the Cocteau, if you can. (We'll be showing it for two more weeks, at least). But see it somewhere, regardless.



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May. 17th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
I just got back from seeing it at the Somerville (another fine independent theater). I'm still exhilarated. The production design was ridiculous—glorious confections of metal and diesel and welding—but also subtle, telling us much more about the world than the script does. And it surprised me by being so beautifully shot. It's a remarkable achievement.
May. 17th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
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May. 17th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
George Miller is a Genius, WHAT A LOVELY FILM
Connor Stapleton
May. 17th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
Fire and Blood
"My name is Max. My world is fire and blood."

I think they might have gotten some inspiration from your work, Mr. Martin.
May. 17th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Fire and Blood
Fewer car chases in Westeros though
May. 17th, 2015 05:28 am (UTC)
Small Town Canada

I'll have to hope that our little local theater gets it in. One of the disadvantages of living in Northern Ontario, with the closest city being a nearly two hour drive away.

But hey, I keep getting story ideas from the local area...

May. 17th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)


May. 17th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
Favourite "Chase Scene"
Probably wouldn't be categorised as a "Car Chase Scene", but my favourite chase scene in movie history so far is in The Dark Knight, where the Joker comes in with the truck and all, really intense! I have yet to see Fury Road though
May. 17th, 2015 09:35 am (UTC)
The dwarf in Beyond Thunderdome
Speaking of Mad Max, was the dwarf in Beyond Thunderdome an inspiration for Tyrion?

He's quite ugly (sorry if your read this from the afterworld, Angelo Rossito, but you were great in that film, we love you :) ) and quite smart (an engineer who's running an entire city), which matches somehow the Tyrion I picture in my head.

Sorry George, I know you hate the Tyrion related questions, but I couldn't help myself, I rewatched Mad Max 3 very recently.
May. 17th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: The dwarf in Beyond Thunderdome
May. 17th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
I have to disagree, I think the Best Car Chase ever put on film is still Steve McQueen in Bullitt...
May. 17th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
For its time, sure... but it has been surpassed so many times since, I don't think it's even in the top twenty now.
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May. 17th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
I saw it twice already on the same weekend, something I haven't done for a movie since Fellowship of the Ring, because it's that good.
Bob Jenson
May. 17th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hoping to see it today. And maybe it's time for a "Damnation Alley" remake, and get it right this time...
May. 17th, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
Loved it.
My wife saw the original trilogy last month, and we enjoyed this iteration's characters and intense action sequences just as much, if not more.
I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that there was one musical character whose concept was super interesting, but whose execution on screen seemed out of place with the rest of the film's aesthetic.

Pleased you felt compelled to post on a great film!
James Young
May. 17th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
And here comes the absolute drivel that spurts out of the mouths of people like Vox and Aaron Clarey about the film being a piece of feminist propaganda.

This enrages me more than Puppygate. Getting males to boycott the film because it's not a "proper" masculine film, full of brawny men shooting at each other, give me a break.

I thought it was a great bit of cinema and Miller has come back on top form.
May. 18th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Actually, down deep, I think these "men's rights" clowns are afraid of women. Especially strong women.

FURY ROAD is hardly a radical feminist tract, no matter what the morons are claiming. Yes, it features one kickass women warrior in Charlize Theron's Furiosa. But the other female characters are classic damsels-in-distress, beautiful and scantily-clad sex slaves and unwilling "breeders" in desperate need of rescue. They do not remain victims throughout, true, several of them have moments of courage and redemption... but so does the War Boy. That's just Character Development 101.

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May. 17th, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)
If I'd not been chewing on Milk Duds through the whole movie, I think I would have forgot to breath. The cinematography was to die for - literally. The panoramic 3-D views of the war machines speeding through the desolate desert brought me right into the action. The dust storm threw me back out. I've now got a mad woman crush on Charlize Theron, but the war-boy Nux was my favorite character. He seemed to find the redemption they were all in search of.

May. 18th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
I, too, typically get bored during car chase scenes, but I did not at all in Fury Road. It didn't seem too overdone, yet was still clearly an action movie. It used all the action movie elements to tell the story instead of trying to toss in bits of drama and adventure. It was purely action and I very much appreciated that. (I also very much appreciated that there was a plot and not just action action action.)

I definitely recommend this one to fans of Mad Max and to action fans in general.
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