“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a return to the “Mad Max” franchise that established Australian George Miller as an acclaimed director, and Mel Gibson as an international star. The first “Mad Max” movie, released in 1979, featured a post-apocalyptic setting in which Max, a former policeman whose family had been killed, faces off against a biker-gang. It spawned two sequels: “The Road Warrior” and “Beyond Thunderdome,” in which Gibson teamed up with Tina Turner.
Miller returns to the franchise that made him famous in the current “Fury Road.” Miller either expects his audience to remember the sparse plot details of the original, or doesn’t care. “Fury Road” is low on plot elements, and is basically one long chase movie. In this outing, women are enslaved by men in the post-apocalyptic world. Having had enough, Imerator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) breaks out of the pack of trucks (don’t ask me where they were going) and heads off on her own, with a group of women with her. Furiosa seeks out the Green Place, a peaceful area where she was born, to take the women. Max (played by Tom Hardy) joins up with the women. After they get so far, they decide that they would not be able to make it to the Green Place across endless salt dunes. So Max convinces the women to return to their starting place. So they go back against the army of trucks filled with weapons and evil, noisy men, to return to their starting place. That’s basically the plot of the movie. In a way, it’s like a massive Road Runner cartoon.