‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Review: Flawless Action and Exposition Captivate Audiences

Kenny Miles reviews Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, George Miller's exciting, action-packed, prequel epic that delivered the goods.

George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a unique blend of heart-pounding action and mesmerizing world-building. The film’s masterful balance is evident in its action-packed set pieces, such as the thrilling desert chase and the constant, adrenaline-fueled battle atop, alongside, and even under moving vehicles. These sequences will leave you on the edge of your seat, heart racing and breathless, contrasting with the equally compelling character exposition and quieter moments (though not many) of solitude. It captivated my audience and made the run time fly by as fast as the motorcycles traversing in the desert. 

Following the cinematic triumph of Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa maintains the franchise’s storytelling prowess, offers a fresh perspective, and unfolds a new timeline. It delves into the backstory of Furiosa, a character introduced in ‘Fury Road,’ and explores her journey before the previous film’s events. This continuation and evolution of the ‘Mad Max’ narrative is a satisfying reassurance for moviegoers, promising a journey to intrigue and satisfy them. 

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George Miller’s directorial prowess remains as sharp as ever. He has the stamina and keen eye to orchestrate the dazzlingly constructed and flawlessly designed action sequences. Age is not stopping him! Cinematographer Simon Duggan’s striking visuals immerse viewers in the apocalyptic world, a testament to his talent that has now firmly caught my attention. I needed to familiarize myself with his filmography and eagerly anticipated his future work. The top-notch sound design was impressive, providing an immersive feeling. This is a must-see on an IMAX or any PFL screen! 

Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne deliver performances that are not just terrific but intense, commanding, deeply nuanced, and emotionally resonant. Their portrayals of the lead characters are remarkable, leaving a lasting impression on me and engaging my audience. Even Chris Hemsworth expands his range with his performance here. I almost didn’t recognize him at first. (I avoided all trailers going in.) Their performances left me amazed, and I thought about them long after Furiosa ended, which says something because there is a lot of spectacle to process. 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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Kenny admired film criticism as a child when his mother wrote a positive review of Home Alone in his small town Arkansas newspaper and defended it against angry Letters to the Editor. Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies especially the cultural impact of a film, if something is overlooked by Hollywood, or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, specialty releases, an auteur director, a unique premise, branding, and THE much infamous "awards season." Kenny currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion working as an events marketing coordinator. He spends many Friday nights exit polling for CinemaScore (and his opinions are his own).

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