Mad Max: Fury Road ★★★★½

A dystopia ruled by three corporate fiefdoms: petrochemicals, munitions, and Aqua-Cola. A diseased and starving population terrorized by a religious army motivated by martyrdom. A decadent ruling class reliant upon the subjugation of women. Environmental collapse. Car culture run amok.

It must be escapist summer blockbuster season! In case I sound too snarky, let me be clear: I checked my pacifism at the door and loved it. More visionary lunatic filmmakers should get multimillion dollar budgets.

I was going to add it should have been called Furiosa, but I see that’s the title of the forthcoming sequel. Fitting, because Charlize Theron owned a film in which the title character played second fiddle to a largely female cast.

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