Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Achievement in Film Editing
Margaret Sixel
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Jenny Beavan
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Lesley Vanderwalt
Elka Wardega
Damian Martin
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Chris Jenkins
Gregg Rudloff
Ben Osmo
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Mark A. Mangini
David White
Best Achievement in Production Design
Colin Gibson (production design)
Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Doug Mitchell
George Miller
Best Achievement in Directing
George Miller
Best Achievement in Cinematography
John Seale
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson
Tom Wood
Dan Oliver
Andy Williams

Warner Bros.
Directed by George Miller
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros.)

Survivor Max from the ongoing series is being held hostage by a war mongering clan for his blood, which has a healing power. The leader of the clan, a tyrannical warlord, realizes his "five wives" have been kidnapped by a renegade female soldier. He sends his entire army after her, including the captive Max. They engage in epic battles on barren landscapes in souped-up vehicles. It's a loud, noisy film that rarely stops for such things as character or plot. The "five wives" are nothing more than waifish, barely dressed Calvin Klein models. On a technical level, the film is a marvel, and the cinematography in the "black and chrome" version I watched particularly effective; just don't expect anything more than escapist entertainment.

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