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Published February 2nd 2016
Mad Max Fury Road set to win more awards this year
Mad Max and all his fury is set to continue the trail-blaze across Cannes in France and the Oscars in Hollywood where the film is predicted to win more awards later this year.

Source: DGA via Mad Max Facebook Page
Poster Source: DGA via Mad Max Facebook page

Already, Mad Max: Fury Road has won best film at the Academy of Australian Cinema and Television and the American Film Institute Awards, to name just two. The film is also listed on more than one hundred top ten lists according to a poster on the Mad Max Facebook page.

However, all the buzz of the cinematic world right now is the announcement by the Cannes Film festival that Mad Max's director, George Miller, will preside over the jury.

"To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I'll be there with bells on!" Mr Miller said in a statement released to the press.

This is a first for an Australian director, coming only two years after fellow Asia-pacific director from New Zealand, Jane Campion, presided the Cannes' jury in 2014.

Yet, despite rave reviews from all over the globe, and taking a treasure load of awards, Mad Max: Fury Road, like many films, is not immune to cinematic defects.

Users of the online movie database IMDB have listed a series of Mad Max: Fury Road goofs including lip syncs and factual errors.

"When Max shouts 'That's my head!' at the War Boys, his lips are out of sync with the words" one user of IMBD states.

"The marine compass on Immortan Joe's dashboard is heard to click as it spins. The compass free-floats in an alcohol and water mixture and does not click" wrote another user of the IMDB.

Mad Max; That's my head!' Source: Mad Max Facebook stills.
That's my head!' Source: Mad Max Facebook stills.

According to Codexdigital the shooting of Mad Max: Fury Road was rescheduled to Namibia after unusually heavy rains in the desert near Broken Hill caused flowers to bloom.

Cinematographer John Seale said Mad Max: Fury Road relied more on digital imaging than the real 'gritty' look for which the original Mad Max film is known.

"The DI and the post work is so explicit; almost every shot is going to be manipulated in some way," John Seale said.

The story of Mad Max: Fury Road follows that of Furiosa (Charlize Theron). She is the protagonist. If Furiosa did not take the brave and daring turn into off-road territory, as the convoy travelled towards the Citadel, then there would be no action and excitement. There would be no award-winning Mad Max: Fury Road.

Furiosa alongside the War Rig. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook stills.
Furiosa alongside the War Rig. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook stills

The Citadel, to which Furiosa is so eager to flee, is governed by the hideous evil warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Immortan Joe rules the people in the Citadel by controlling their access to water amidst a thirst-quenching, arid desert terrain bereft of life's necessities, including blood.

Immortan Joe
Immortan Joe. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook

Upon hearing of Furiosa's escape with a group of his 'property' (his wives, who are young enough be his daughters, one of whom is carrying his child), Immortan Joe goes after her with a convoy of blood leaching maniacs.

Immortan Joe's wives
Three of Immortan Joe's wives who escaped his putrid grip. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook page.

One of those blood leaching maniacs, called War Boys, was hooked up to a vein in Mad Max (Tom Hardy). With a fetish for steering wheels, War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult) chains his 'blood bag' (Mad Max) onto the front of his truck and sets off into the desert following Furiosa. This is how Mad Max is thrust unwillingly into the centre of the action.

Left: Nux with Mad Max chained to the front of his truck. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook stills.

From there, the viewers remain on the edge of their seats in an action-adventure-thrill-seeking ride until the ending which this review will not spoil for the reader.

Mad Max and Furiosa face-off against the encroaching enemy. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook page.
Mad Max and Furiosa face-off against the encroaching enemy. Photo source: Mad Max Facebook page.

Mad Max Fury Road
Length: 2hrs
Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
Tom Hardy (Mad Max)
Charlize Theron (Preciosa)
Nicholas Hoult (Nux)
Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (The Splendid Angharad)
Riley Keough (Capable)
Zo Kravitz (Toast)
Abbey Lee (The Dag)
Courtney Eaton (Cheedo the Fragile)

Previous Mad Max film
Who could forget Tina Turner's spine-thrilling We Don't need Another Hero theme song from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Even 2Pac found a great influence from the previous Mad Max film which he incorporated into his world hit, California Love

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That's awesome Gayle! I never even knew there was a Mad Max museum. ;-)
by (score: |) 1019 days ago
It looks like its classic Mad Max. Definitley want to see this. My husband and I recently visited the Mad Mac Museum in Silverton in outback NSW (near Broken Hill)
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 1020 days ago
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