Mad Max: Fury Road – 5Star

Director George Miller spectacularly reboots his Mad Max series, 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, with Tom Hardy taking the title role

Director George Miller spectacularly reboots his Mad Max series, 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, with Tom Hardy taking the title role.

It’s a thrill-ride supercharged with adrenaline-surging excitement and Hardy proves a perfect replacement for original star Mel Gibson as the badass loner adrift in a barren post-apocalyptic world.

But Max more than meets his match in Charlize Theron’s fiercely resilient, one-armed heroine, Imperator Furiosa, whose bid to rescue a savage warlord’s five-women harem drives the plot.

The film is essentially one long, absurdly exciting chase, done with a minimum of CGI, but what makes it so enjoyable is that the stunts and explosions are securely underpinned by a fascinating mythology and masses of weird and offbeat details.