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'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga', One Hell Of A Prequel

Alyla Browne as Furiosa in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

If you’re a newcomer to the Mad Max franchise like me, there’s plenty to draw you in to prequel, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. From stellar actors like Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy and stunning cinematography capturing the pristine surrounds of outback Australia, you won’t be left disappointed. It’s visually satisfying and delivers tenfold on the action front.

The film starts with a young Furiosa, (played by Alyla Browne), being abducted from her idyllic home, a utopian collective of sorts, and thrust into the hands of depraved war lord Dementus, leader of the Biker Horde. Through immense tragedy, the strong-willed Furiosa makes it her mission to one day return home, and be reunited with all she holds dear. However, as is often the case, there’s endless obstacles along the way, and her strength, character, resiliency and grit are certainly tested.

As Furiosa ages, and not wanting to give away too many spoilers, she finds herself no longer in the hands of Dementus, and instead in the employ of a slightly less despotic, (though still very despotic), leader, Immortan Joe.

It’s here that we see the real arc of Furiosa’s life and destiny unfold, and the Furiosa of the previous Mad Max film emerge. Anya does a terrific job of playing a formidable female protagonist, one who, despite all the barbarity she’s surrounded with, has a strong sense of virtuousness and justice, and a willingness to defend the oppressed.

All in all, Furiosa is a treat for the ears, eyes, and whatever other senses you may be engaging. The costumes are terrific, and, if you watch it at the cinema, the rumbling and noises make the action all the more palpable. This is a movie not to be missed, whether you’ve seen previous instalments or not. If you’re someone who loves bad ass women in strong roles, you will love this prequel, but there’s also so much more to recommend this grimy but triumphant addition.


Additional note: I was lucky enough to meet George Shevtsov, who played the History Man in the movie. Thank you to my friend @fashionaddictedpanda_ for having me as her plus one, and to Warner Brothers Australia and Universal Pictures Australia for having us to the premiere.

Rebecca Gisborne meets Max Max's George Shevtsov on the red carpet


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