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I think I was the only one in the IMAX theatre to applaud during the

Immortan Joe face-rip-off scene

which had such a big build up to it that it felt like an orgasm visualised on the silver screen.

Ok so maybe I'm not only a softie but also a bit weird.

Speaking of clapping your hands together, I saw Avatar in IMAX twice and both times people applauded at the end of it. A shame no one did for this as it fully deserved so.

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I'm really drawn to this film, not sure if I can make it to a cinema to see it though, but I do want to track it down at some point. The trailer and clips make it look incredible. Loads of peeps on here have seen it and seem to say its impressive.

I'm having doubts now though about it from a couple of comments made here now about "walking out" of it and not liking it. I'm concerned its another Fast and The Furious, where everyone says its amazing, but actually its a piece of shit.

Fury Road is what you get when George Miller and his team watches the Fast and The Furious films, goes 'SIT THE FUCK DOWN JUSTIN LIN' and shows the whippersnappers how to go film a car chase/car stunts.

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I noticed a couple of little things watching it again today that I missed first time round.

When Furiosa drops the plough on the front of the truck it's to smother the engine fire with sand.

I loved the dust buffet effect from the skulls on the grill just after this scene.

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Still not seen this but I'm curious if the people who are raving about this have also seen the Raid? I read a review somewhere and it made an interesting comparison to that and also 28 days later. Where an action film comes along and does things differently and lives in it's own world. Sets a bar that others just fail at or don't even attempt to raise. I remember watching (the first) Raid and also having that feeling of 'We won't see another film like this for a long time' and that still holds true, even Raid 2 didn't reach the same level. I get the impression that MadMax really is relentless and 'action packed'? Lots of films call themselves action packed and are not. Action packed to me means no more than 5 minutes at any one time of dialogue. Is there ever a moment in MadMax (minus the start or end) where there is 5 minutes without any action?

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There is something wonderful about the insane moments being physically created, bit like the acid bridge scene from Apocalypse now. I fully welcome the return to this sort of filmmaking even though the final product didn't achieve the masterpiece status others are proclaiming it to be. I loved so much about it, especially the ruling family of characters and the strong female lead, but it didn't feel like a Matrix or The Raid kind of leap for the action genre...more a nostalgic love letter on some very fancy paper.

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Still not seen this but I'm curious if the people who are raving about this have also seen the Raid? I read a review somewhere and it made an interesting comparison to that and also 28 days later. Where an action film comes along and does things differently and lives in it's own world. Sets a bar that others just fail at or don't even attempt to raise. I remember watching (the first) Raid and also having that feeling of 'We won't see another film like this for a long time' and that still holds true, even Raid 2 didn't reach the same level. I get the impression that MadMax really is relentless and 'action packed'? Lots of films call themselves action packed and are not. Action packed to me means no more than 5 minutes at any one time of dialogue. Is there ever a moment in MadMax (minus the start or end) where there is 5 minutes without any action?

There are a couple of moments without action but probably don't last 5 minutes. They're great when the happen though as the sudden silence comes as a real shock, and you all of a sudden remember that you have to exhale.

I've seen and loved The Raid many times btw, but I think Raid 2 is the real masterpiece.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/05/17/box-office-mad-max-fury-road-scores-lovely-44m-weekend/

Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t top the weekend box office in its debut frame, but it’s still a winner. The $150 million sci-fi action spectacular earned a superb $44.44 million over its Fri-Sun bow. It’s one of those odd situations where a film debuts right in line with realistic expectations and/or tracking guestimates, and yet finds itself on the defense because the film turned out to be better than expected. After all, Mad Max: Fury Road was looking at a $40m+ debut a month ago, before the overwhelmingly positive reviews rolled in. So obviously that should mean a bump in the weekend figures right?

Obviously that was not the case, although we shouldn’t assume that the rave reviews didn’t merely assure a strong $40m+ even in the shadow of Pitch Perfect 2‘s peak-level bow. The film ended up right where it was expected to, and since that’s a pretty strong result in-and-of-itself, that has to qualify as a win. If it has a small drop next weekend, which it very well may with the Memorial Day weekend as a buffer, then we can talk about the reviews and the word-of-mouth.

As I’m assuming you know, Village Roadshow and Rat Pac Entertainment’s ‘s Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic desert action series, with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson thirty years after the last installment. The big surprises are A) how terrific the movie turned out to be and B) that it’s a female-centric action adventure film with Charlize Theron as the lead and the primary action figure.

The film opened in 68 overseas markets this weekend and earned an additional $65m overseas for a robust $109.4m worldwide in its first weekend.Warner basically did everything they could short of giving away all the good parts in order to sell the film. They had the film of course, and they cut some eye-popping trailers that truly made this film feel one-of-a-kind, and they screened it early enough to build critical buzz.

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Still not seen this but I'm curious if the people who are raving about this have also seen the Raid? I read a review somewhere and it made an interesting comparison to that and also 28 days later. Where an action film comes along and does things differently and lives in it's own world. Sets a bar that others just fail at or don't even attempt to raise. I remember watching (the first) Raid and also having that feeling of 'We won't see another film like this for a long time' and that still holds true, even Raid 2 didn't reach the same level. I get the impression that MadMax really is relentless and 'action packed'? Lots of films call themselves action packed and are not. Action packed to me means no more than 5 minutes at any one time of dialogue. Is there ever a moment in MadMax (minus the start or end) where there is 5 minutes without any action?

Instead of trying to determine if it has faults that are unacceptable to you I would suggest you go see it for yourself. Or just walk away...

We watched it this lunchtime and it is absolutely fucking sensational.

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Jay says it best early on when he mentions he felt "the power of cinema". It's exactly that. I haven't had such an experience at the theatre for quite some time now.

Ok now I'm going to watch the rest and hopefully nod in agreement continuously.

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Why does everyone think I'm hating on Mad Max? Only reason I've not seen it yet is because it's only available in 3D. When I said LOL Pitch Perfect has done better I meant it as in 'Facepalm, even though it's huge and critically acclaimed a fluffy sequel full of racial stereotypes has done better. Society fail. Etc". When I'm asking if it has dialogue and story, it's a genuine question. I still hear two sides to that and by the way, if it does or not doesn't make it bad/good, I'm just curious.

I'm hearing so many different takes on it, in here it's the best movie in years but with people I know it's different.

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It looked utterly glorious and I love the mental, impractical, costume design of the Mad Max movies. My favourite bit might have been

the fight between Furiousa and Max

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Hardy's accents was a bit off, but he was wicked as was the other leads.

I wish I watched it on the opening day as other peoples hype always takes me out of the movie...I spend part of the movie thinking "Is it as good as everyone has been saying?" rather than just immersing myself fully.

Great film.

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This film was preceded by a trailer for the upcoming Jurassic Park and Terminator movies, sequels to two of favourites from days gone by, and their modern trailers filled me with the usual horror at seeing something you loved raped before your eyes. I almost wanted to curl up and die in some pungent, closed-down video shop where the additional tortured ghosts of the Alien, Predator, Robocop and Die Hard "franchises" could torment me at night, screaming at why have they been abused so?

Mad Max 4 has escaped their terrible fate.

That is enough for celebration in my book. This is is a genuinely good action movie in the 80s mould (but with bang up to date visuals) that doesn't dumb down anything. Watching this and Dredd would make one hell of a matinee for an 80's loving sci-fi action fan.

This film is more heavy metal theatre than movie, so I can kind of understand people who want a bit more plot and character with their film feeling a bit let down. If you don't think the guitar guy is cool, you won't like it artistically. And Tom Hardy couldn't make me forget the loss of a younger Mel Gibson not playing this role, but he certainly tried.

But fucking yes, we have a PROPER action movie back in the mainstream at last and it seems to be more than a niche success. Maybe the tide of franchise rape can be turned back? We'll see, but this does everything it set out to do. I felt that sense of peril for the characters that has been lacking in 90% of action movies lately and that is mostly all I want from a movie of this kind.

(The first MM movie is still my favourite though, mostly because it was the movie that set up the post-apocalyptic trope setting)

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