Sunday, 1 November 2015

Mad Max Research

Mad Max: Fury Road Research Task

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) was directed by George Miller.

  • Producer/s = George Miller, Doug Mitchell and PJ Voeten.
  • Distributor = Warner Bros.
  • Script Writer/s = George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris.
  • Budget = $150 million
  • Box Office Gross = Domestic Total Gross: $153,636,354
  • Director = George Miller
  • Actors = Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie-Huntington Whiteley
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  • Critical Reception = 8.2/10 (IMDb), 97% (Rotten Tomatoes), 89% (Metacritic)
  • Reasons for success = 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a 'critically-acclaimed outright masterpiece' (says one critic). It  offers eye-popping practical action and stunt work as well as the kind of gender parity. That the film basically casts Charlize Theron and not Tom Hardy as the action lead and the would-be protagonist in a story that is explicitly about the real harm done to men and women because of gender suppression and patriarchal rule is old news by now. Of course even with all of the celebrating over that fact and the deluge of Furiosa cosplays and fan fiction and spin-off hopes still to come, it’s not like one action film is going to solve the problems of ingrained gender oppression in its various forms here and abroad. But the film’s success does hopefully signal to those who would make creative decisions in Hollywood that the so-called conventional wisdom about females in big budget action films is merely conventional wisdom rather than substantiated fact.
  • Awards = Environmental Media Awards, USA   
    EMA Award
    Feature Film
    Hollywood Film Awards
    Hollywood Film Award
    Make-Up of the Year
    Production Designer of the Year

    San Sebastián International Film Festival
    FIPRESCI Film of the Year

    Teen Choice Awards
    Teen Choice Award
    Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Choice Movie: Scene Stealer
  • Technology used = With more than 150 vehicles used in the production of Fury Road, the narrative is built around an extended car chase following the titular Mad Max Rockatansky as he attempts to escape the clutches of warlord Immortan Joe and his evil gang of War Boys through a vast desert.  The Arri raw files were debayered in Mistika to a 10bit log DPX file which was then imported into Baselight for grading. The discussions around how best to shoot day for night were all based on real examples and testing. CGI, green screen and a large amount of stunt workers were used in the filming of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.
  • Tie - Ins = There is debate whether or not to have a prequel or sequel to this hit blockbuster. The DVD was released on the 1st of September 2015 and a CD of the score to the film can be purchased. Merchandise for the film is available on the internet for the fans of the film.
  • Person Opinion = I had never seen any of the films that surround the storyline of 'Mad Max' before I watched this one and the 3rd in the original series (I watched them in the same week) and I can honestly say it is my type of film that I enjoy watching, exploring and getting involved in. I think the concept of the film is amazing and whoever came up with the whole idea in the first place is a genius. However, I am still a little confused with some little parts in the story and some of the character's purposes. This is probably because I haven't seen the first 2 films, which were first made in the 80's. I think this modern adaptation is probably lot more made up, as in the makeup and special effects used - but the acting is most definitely the same quality. Tom Hardy is the main protagonist along with Theron (I love the fact a lady is taking on the strong dominant leader, who helps the man get out of the trouble). It is very hard hitting throughout and there is a large amount of action. Being a feminist, (not radical), I love the team of wives who seem to be going against the 'ownership' of the leader. I think there are a lot of hidden messages in the film and I enjoy this. It is  powerful, exciting film that deals with a post-apocalypse style. It also takes place across a desert like wasteland, which in a weird way is one of m favourite locations for a film to take place, because it reminds me of the films I love.

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