Mapping Contemporary Cinema

Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015

Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell
Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: George Miller
Executive Producers: Iain Smith, Graham Burke, Bruce Berman
Producers: Doug Mitchell, George Mitchell, PJ Voeten
Screenplay: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
Cinematography: John Seale
Music: Junkie XL
Editor: Margaret Sixel
Running time: 120 mins
Classification: R, Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images
Box office gross: Domestic $153.6m/Worldwide $378.4m
Tagline: The Future Belongs to the Mad
Cast: Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky), Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa), Nicholas Hoult (Nux), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (The Splendid Angharad), Riley Keough (Capable), Zoe Kravitz (Toast the Knowing), Abbey Lee (The Dag), Courtney Eaton (Cheedo the Fragile)
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Plot Max Rockatansky is a former road warrior in a post-apocalyptic world, haunted by the souls of those he couldn’t save. He is captured by the half-life War Boys of Immortal Joe, the warlord ruler of The Citadel, and used as a blood supply to keep them alive. The Imperator Furiosa, one of Immortan Joe’s commanders, leads a convoy to acquire supplies from nearby settlements but veers from the prescribed road. This leads to the discovery that she has liberated the warlord’s wives, who no longer wish to be enslaved by him as ‘Breeders’, prompting a frenzied chase in which three convoys pursue Furiosa’s escape across the desert. A War Boy, Nux, takes Max along for the chase as a continuous blood supply, and after the skirmish Nux’s is the only vehicle which succeeds in following Furiosa into a sandstorm. After a crash, and a violent scuffle, Max joins with Furiosa in a fragile truce to escape the fast approaching pursuers. Angharad, the most prized of the wives is mortally injured in the chase, and Nux changes allegiances. Furiosa tells Max of ‘The Green Place’, a supposed haven to which they are headed, however on arrival the Many Mothers, her former kinswomen, inform her it is gone. Max suggests they turn back and claim The Citadel, as it is the only guaranteed source of water and plant-life, and the women agree. They meet with the warlord’s convoy and after an explosive clash, in which Nux sacrifices himself and Furiosa kills Immortan Joe, though is grievously wounded in the process. Max gives her a blood transfusion, and she recovers. The group return to The Citadel with the corpse of Immortan Joe, liberating the oppressed citizens. Max slips away into the crowd, and from afar exchanges an unspoken moment of mutual gratitude with Furiosa.

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