Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review – A Whole New Gear

Mad Max: Fury Road is a singular film, and one that stands so well on its own that there’s no need for another one just like it–it would inevitably feel like a hollow retread. Fortunately, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is hardly “just another one,” swapping a story that played out nearly in real time for a sprawling epic that takes place over two decades. It’s a brilliant change of pace that justifies this prequel’s existence. Even with the change in structure, though, Furiosa is still relentless with incredible action sequences, and it’s got a vibe that makes it very easy to sink into your seat as you let the madness wash over you.

As the title indicates, Furiosa is a prequel that tells the life story of Charlize Theron’s Fury Road character, starting with her first encounter with a new villain called Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). Dementus is basically Toecutter from the original Mad Max: an unhinged maniac leading a massive motorcycle gang around the wasteland, terrorizing everyone they come across–starting with child Furiosa and her mother in the opening sequence of the film.

Furiosa’s long-term fight against Dementus is the frame of this story. Over the course of the film, Dementus rampages all over the wasteland, attacking Immortan Joe’s Citadel from Fury Road as well as the Bullet Farm and Gastown–places mentioned in Fury Road but not shown–and he becomes a general nuisance to everyone for decades as he tries to fight everyone he comes across.

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