Mad Max is an extremely muscular film, with high-octane stunts. There is zero use of CGI, giving the whole thing a very real and gritty feel. There is a genuine sense of peril for the characters, characters that each have their own story so that we care for them.
It’s all set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where those who control water and petrol rule the world (not too dissimilar to today, actually). Of course, the rulers are bad men who use everybody (particularly women) badly. Religion is used to control the desperate masses, of course, and all is a bleak.
Charlize Theron is one of the top drivers for the evil warlord, but she makes a break for the ‘The Green Place’ – the dimly-remembered idyll of her youth. She takes the wives of the evil warlord with her – perhaps to free them, perhaps to use them as hostages. Three road-armies promptly give chase. Mad Max (being used as a blood reservoir by the baddies) escapes and joins forces with her. All hell breaks lose.
It’s full of edge-of-your-seat action, but there are serious messages too. And no dumb humour to spoil things. A definite 9 out of 10 from me.