A solid first outing for writer/director/actor Joel Edgerton, a long… MoreA solid first outing for writer/director/actor Joel Edgerton, a long underrated actor in my mind. The first half of this psychological thriller is incredibly tense thanks to a creepy performance by Joel Edgerton and a good mystery plot. Once things get revealed in the second half of the film however, it loses steam and becomes a little too much to handle. All of the characters become unlikable and I lost some interest in the outcome. The first half is so strong though that I'm still going to recommend seeing this. It's well directed & acted and keeps you guessing until the end, even if you don't come out wholly satisfied with the mystery.
This sequel and reboot of the classic action franchise brings Mad Max… MoreThis sequel and reboot of the classic action franchise brings Mad Max soaring vigorously back to life with a two hour action extravaganza that puts everything attempted in the original trilogy to shame. The original Mad Max trilogy was gritty and violent, but compared to the colorful landscapes and gorgeous scenery of Fury Road it looks like a totally different franchise. If this was the true vision of George Miller I'm glad he finally was able to put it on screen. My only complaint is that Tom Hardy's Max is not nearly as charismatic as Mel Gibson was in the original trilogy. I didn't connect with him like I did in the others, but luckily Max is more of a supporting character in this one that the main focus. Charlize Theron's Furiosa is more of the main lead and adds a great character and female action hero to cinema history. I also really enjoyed Nicholaus Hoult as Nux and Hugh Keays-Byrne return to the franchise with a memorable villain in Immortan Joe. If you like action movies, there's not reason not to watch the indescribable carnage George Miller has concocted with Fury Road.
Not sure what happened here, but this is not the Mad Max I remember… MoreNot sure what happened here, but this is not the Mad Max I remember from the first two films. It makes sense though because after doing some research this wasn't originally a Mad Max film, but rather a Lord of Flies film. They changed their mind and had George Miller direct the stunts (which there's barely any compared to the first two films) and had George Ogilvie direct the actors. The first half of the film was fine, but the second half is boring, uneventful, and messy. You can tell there's two different ideas clashing because none of the second half of the film matches anything else in the franchise. I've seen people call this Mad Max for children and that is rather accurate. This just doesn't feel like it belongs with the first two at all. A sad way to end the original Mad Max series before it got rebooted.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a much better action film than its… MoreMad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a much better action film than its predecessor, but lacks a human element that was present in the original film. Outside of that one complaint, this is a better film in every way compared to the original. Better stunts, action sequences, special effects, cinematography, and pacing. The craftsmanship of this film is incredible and deserves applause. Mel Gibson doesn't get to do as much in this one and basically just walks around brooding, but the character is a certified bad ass. Since there's barely a story, the action is plenty and spectacular. Adrenaline junkies will love this. The Road Warrior is the rare superior sequel to a good film.
While not the greatest film, Mad Max deserves recognition for its… MoreWhile not the greatest film, Mad Max deserves recognition for its excellently staged car chases, star making turn from Mel Gibson, and willingness to push the envelope in a time when many would not. It's violent, unrestrained, and pretty entertaining despite a minimal plot. Max's character is really the only one that gets a story arc and it makes you feel for him when all hell breaks loose. Toe Cutter is also a memorable villain thanks to a creepy performance by Hugh Keays-Byrne. This is basically just wall to wall action except for a middle section to build up Max's character to what he eventually becomes. This is a worthwhile watch for action fans.
An entirely predictable boxing drama elevated by committed… MoreAn entirely predictable boxing drama elevated by committed performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker, but it doesn't have enough to fully recommend. You can predict the entire plot in about five minutes. The first half of the film suffers from entirely unlikable characters and that only gets elevated in the second half by Forest Whitaker's character. Because I didn't really like the main character, his transformation didn't affect me like it should have. Ultimately, it was entertaining in spurts and has good performances, but the unlikable characters and predictable story hold it back from being anything more than halfway decent.