Written by Yosra Osman

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Mad Max: A hell of a lot of fun

An arse-kicking heroine, acrobatics and a whole lot of noise. What more do you want, asks Yosra Osman.

Tom Hardy as Mad Max on a flaming car

All photos: Warner Bros.

Trust me when I say this: you won’t find another action film this year that wholeheartedly screams “action” at you like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Right from the get-go, it’s banging, it’s crashing, it’s non-stop – and if you’re in it for the ride, it’s one hell of one.

I’ve got to admit, my knowledge of the Mad Max franchise was absolutely minimal. I knew there were some films that came before and that George Miller’s film is some kind of reboot. And I wasn’t expecting much either. I thought it would be another soulless blockbuster with nothing but fight scenes and CGI, all there for the dollar and not much else.

Of course, the film has fight scenes and a whole bunch of special effects, but it’s like one big, crazy, chaotic work of art. The first 20 minutes left me a little bewildered, but what followed was one long, hectic exhilarating chase scene. It’s ridiculous, and exhausting, but you can’t help but admire it.

Charlize Theron in Mad MaxIt also, fantastically, features one of the best female characters in an action film I’ve seen in a long time. The film is less about Tom Hardy’s Max than it is about Charlize Theron’s Furiosa – the film’s real main character, despite the film’s title. In the film she flees the terrifying, abusive warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) with his favourite ‘breeders’– unnaturally beautiful women who look far too healthy to be stuck in an apocalyptic dystopia full of crazed savages. Theron’s Furiosa is the heart of the film, but she’s also tough and carries the action with complete ease.

The vision behind the making of this film is awe-inspiring: everything from the acrobatic stunt-work to the hilarious zombie-like electric guitar player plays a part in Miller’s wacky invention. There’s also very little dialogue, which is good, because with all the noise you wouldn’t be able to follow it anyway.

At two hours, the adrenaline fuelling Mad Max: Fury Road faster than one of its manically driven trucks is shattering, but it just gets away with the chaos without being too arduous. You may need to prepare well – I wish I’d taken a vat of Diet Coke and some Haribos or something to get me through it – but it’s thoroughly enjoyable. Bonkers, but a hell of a lot of fun.

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Written by Yosra Osman

Yosra Osman is a mid-twenties film fan and self-confessed daydreamer of dangerous proportions