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.