Mad Max: Fury Road – Review and Press Launch

Cycle Torque has seen Mad Max: Fury Road. The George Miller directed film is definitely a blockbuster and if you like post-apocalyptic car-chase movies, you have to see these amazing cars, trucks and bikes (to a lesser extent) in action.


Tom Hardy plays the role of Max, made infamous by Mel Gibson in the late ’70s and ’80s. In this incarnation, Max is captured by a post-apocalyptic race of ‘War-Boys’ led by Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult. Nux uses Max as a human blood-bag as he tries to stay alive long enough to kill himself in a blaze of glory for his warlord and Predator doppelgänger Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, or Toecutter in the original Mad Max), only so he can be born again in Valhalla. Such is life in Miller’s world.


The film is at times reminiscent of 300 or Sin City, which may be unintentional considering the film’s initial inspiration was storyboarded in a comic form. The fast pace of the film and reaction shots of the drivers in the chase scenes are classic Mad Max, but it is not until you see them in Fury Road that you realise Miller’s earlier work has been referenced in the films previously mentioned and many others since.


Cycle Torque readers will enjoy the bikes featured in Mad Max: Fury Road, which were built by Aussie mechanic Matt Bromley. The bikes aren’t heavily featured throughout the film in the detail they deserve however, which is a shame. One of the YZ-450Fs built by Bromley uses an LPG gas cylinder as a fuel tank and needs to be seen to be believed.





Charlize Theron plays the lead female character Imperator Furiosa, who is the true hero of the movie. Furiousa kidnaps Joe’s five wives (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton and Riley Keough) from their fortress called the Citadel in a twin V-8 six-wheel-drive War Rig in search of her childhood oasis. Furiosa’s heroics are driven by redemption, whereas Max’s are purely nihilistic.


Mad Max: Fury Road is fast-paced, extremely loud and nearly all-action. Go and see it, and you’ll be blown away.



Press launch


Thousands of people gathered at the Sydney Opera House on May 13 for the vehicle showcase of the incredible creations that feature in the new Mad Max: Fury Road film.

Evil henchman “Rictus Erectus”, played by 6′ 11″ Nathan Jones was on hand, happily posing for photos with his obviously many fans.

The former powerlifting champion, professional wrestler, strongman and, at one stage early in his colourful life, Australia’s most wanted, also has starred in a string of films including Troy, Doom Runners, Fearless, Conan The Barbarian and Charlie’s Farm among others.


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