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Re(10):Fatal Fury Road
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[QUOTE] I don't remember when was the last time I was so enthusiastic about a movie. [/QUOTE] I feel the same way. I've been chronically jaded, viewing all the dumb Marvel movies as written for the lowest common denominator whole critics hail them as perfect. And along comes this film where Max is a sort of savior with Fusiosa and the movies is a sort of savior to modern film. It's good stuff. [QUOTE] This is a movie that is not subtle about its themes. That's not a bad thing, especially in a film that never stops to collect its thoughts. When the villains include a mutant businessman and a guy who rolled in from Bullet Town it makes it feel as if the loss of civilization caused everyone to ascend into being pure archetypes. That said, what the hell was up with Immortan Joe? What path did that man's life take that caused him to decide to create a personality cult in which he dressed up as a cybernetic version of Grandpa Munster? If there was ever an argument against predestination it's Joe because I doubt anyone saw that one coming. This is a film built on momentum. It's not just the cars but every action the characters take is designed to keep them one step ahead of the inexorable machine that is grinding up the world behind them. Stop moving and you're dead. It reminds me of the first Raid movie or the first Terminator film. That this rapid pace is present in the fourth Mad Max movie is remarkable. It's a well thought out film. Everything presented in the movie has a point. Too many films use outlandishness as a cover for poor structure. In Mad Max 4 every quirk serves a purpose. From Max's twitchy flashbacks to his obsessive need hoard every bit of junk he sees as if he was playing Fallout, it all has an eventual payoff. This is the third time George Miller has remade "Shane." Good for him! [/QUOTE] It's... remarkable that a movie can keep track of its pieces so well. When a bolt cutter appears it will be used and kept track of until the end of the movie. When a gun has 3 bullets, it will damn well be used exactly 3 times, no more and no less. The level of design for the enemies is bordering on the ludicrous. Stating that Immortan Joe, the Bullet Farmer, and the People Eater are the ones who killed the world sets them up as the horrible, older generation who did nothing while everything went to shit. After seeing the film my wife and I watched Road Warrior, the ostensibly best post-apocalyptic movie of the 80's. It didn't hold up well, with such interesting characters as the Humungous being killed off in a boring second just to end the movie. I won't even mention Beyond Thunderdome in any such dicussion. My only thought is that like Megaman, it's an engine propelled solely on nostalgia. As a result, I'll nominate Fury Road as the best 80's movie ever made. Without question its budget would have been unobtainable circa 1989, so we could never have gotten such a movie absent 30 years of thinking about 'how awesome the Mad Max movies of the 80's were'. The bottom line is that people will be writing about this film for generations, and will be totally justified in doing so.
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