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What to Watch This Weekend – Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is the story of a young woman doing whatever it takes to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Beginning several years before Mad Max: Fury Road, this entry in the franchise follows a young Furiosa (Alyla Browne/Anya Taylor-Joy) learning about the horrors of the world. At the start of her journey, Furiosa lives in the Green with her mother—a hidden paradise full of life and growth. Unfortunately, her idyllic utopia becomes disturbed when a group of raiders stumbles upon the tribe. These ruthless murders work for the sadistic Dementus (Chris Hemsworth), a charismatic cult leader with large ambitions to rule. Dementus seizes Furiosa after a chance meeting and begins raising her as his own. This sequence of events sets Furiosa on a new path of vengeance fueled by one purpose: live on, be free.

What works in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is the incredible spectacle. Writer/director George Miller (Mad Max series) returns to expand his universe with new lore and characters, while providing delight for the senses. In a just world, the cinematic community would honor achievements in choreography—and Furious would win top accolades. The combination of cinematography by Simon Duggan (Hacksaw Ridge) and editing by Eliot Knapman and Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road) comes together with sequences that will absolutely astound. The energy pulsates from the screen with gorgeous visuals and bone-rattling sound. Grounding this action are exceptional performances, especially from Taylor-Joy and Hemsworth. The two dance through each other’s lives with fierce, mesmerizing intensity. And despite this being a prequel, there are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises to keep people on the edge of their seat.

Audiences who typically avoid films with disturbing imagery, torture, and graphic violence may not feel comfortable with Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. While Miller demonstrates some restraint, several sequences involve mutilations, dismemberment, and other acts of cruelty. Furthermore, some may find Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga an exhausting affair. Its breakneck speed and near-nonstop thrills across the barren desert make the experience feel like an audio-visual gauntlet at times. This is not a movie for feint of heart, or for those unprepared for a 2.5-hour epic primarily set in the sand.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is an impressive feat of filmmaking. Every aspect has been meticulously crafted, from stunning awe-inspiring shots to the finer details of costumes and makeup. The final product sings off the screen like a perfectly pitched aria of chaos. While the subject matter may not appeal to all, fans of the genre will find Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga close to the levels of mastery of its predecessor. Highly recommended.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Mad Max: Fury Road, Fallout and The Last of Us (series)

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