-The First History of Man
The film might not be for everyone. If you are sensitive about deformities and very graphic visuals, it may be disturbing. Apparently there had been gas wars and water wars and then the world just went crazy. Dunno if the wars were nuclear, but, if so, it would explain (that, and probably lack of proper nutrition) what caused the tumors/cancers (the war boy, Nux, said he was a 'half-life' anyway and wasn't afraid to die because Immortan said they'ed go to Valhalla) and birth defects. In the film, everything is barrenness and desert (Nux didn't even know what the skeletal remains of a dead tree was), and the only animals shown were insects and a lizard. I'm guessing the oceans/lakes/rivers dried up because their water came from underground and was hoarded by Immortan (which he also used as control, along with manipulation and fear, 'who you think that killed the World?' *coughgovernmentscough*.) Max mentions the vastness of the 'salt flats' which made me wonder if it wasn't an ocean at one time.
It all gives one thought about our future in general (though maybe it was just Australia and the rest of the world was ok.)
There was hope in the form of seeds and a seedling kept lovingly by one of the old lady warriors (keeper of the seeds) and then to carry on, protected by one of Immortan's wives, you just have to see the film to understand it all.)
There are bits of humour in it, like the War Boys praying to the god of V8s 'By my deeds I honour him, V8.', and 'you will ride eternal, shiny and chrome!'.)
It has very strong female characters of all ages which is refreshing (there were some really bad arse ancient ladies, none of those 'I've fallen and I can't get ups'!), though a few females are portrayed in a demeaning way, i.e. some hooked up to milking machines (their breasts), like cows, and Immortan has ‘breeding’ wives, but hey, it’s a post apocalyptic future and all I can say is ladies, learn to work on cars and handle weapons!
Anyway, the film used very little CGI, and the stunts were incredible! I loved the beating of the Taiko drums and the guitar-flame thrower on the Doof Wagon. The rhythmic sound of the drums and the squeal of the guitar just added to the excitement!
It was harsh, it was raw, it was primal, it was visceral, it was insanely fantastic from beginning to end!
It was visually superstupendous! The vehicles were fantastic. A lot of detail was put into the entire film.
Though not so much about Max (Tom Hardy) himself, I would say the lead was taken by Furiosa (Charlize Theron). The casting was excellent.)