Review of Mad Max Fury Road


After the release of 1985's Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome it looked as though our beloved Aussie blockbuster franchise had been brought to a screeching halt by a mix-mash of kid-friendly themes, a distinct lack of the car chases and rich atmosphere present in the first two films, and of course, Tina Turner. But 30 years later here is the much anticipated followup/reboot. How does it hold up?

Well, the car chases are back, and the movie will not give you a chance to forget it. If you want the short version of this review and just want to know whether you’d like it then you need only ask yourself two questions: 1. Do you like car chases? 2. Is having an in-depth storyline in a movie totally overrated? If your answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes, then you will have an absolute blast with Mad Max. If not, you may walk out feeling a little unsatisfied.

Tom Hardy, filling the dusty boots of Mel Gibson in the franchise that made him a star, is decent, but is hardly seen at all. This movie belongs to Charlize Theron, playing the madly determined Furiosa, who has enough character and dialogue to get you through the incessant crashes and explosions. To talk about the story would be a misrepresentation of the film, as it barely has one, acting as merely a string of excuses to get the protagonists from one ear splitting, stunt filled chase to the next.

The chases, however, and the cinematography in general, are absolutely spectacular. The stunts are almost all done without any computer trickery, and they just looks awesome, truly captivating to watch. The post-apocalyptic future is equally stunning to look at, but despite its cinematographic and stunt prowess, the lack of story really is quite distracting.

The movie is entertaining, but it doesn’t give itself room to breathe. It’s action packed, and it’s astounding action at that…but is there too much of a good thing? Probably. There is, however, still some spectacle to behold in the explosive return to the world of George Miller’s Mad Max Franchise.

*** stars.

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Toyota takes us Back to the Future

Leave it to Hollywood to create whacky concepts of what may be in the future.

From The Terminator and Back to the Future to Star Trek and The Jetsons (think the robot maid and video chat that are totally here and now); things that seemed completely impossible only a few short years ago are now completely possible.

So there's on need to snigger, my friend, when you read that Toyota has announced they are investigating a flying car. Yep, you read that right – a car that hovers just above the road and flys around corners – literally.

According to Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, the managing officer with Toyota's technical administration group, the company had been studying the idea of flying cars at one of its "most advanced" research and development areas, but cautioned that the concept was not like actually flying around in three dimensional space. Instead, he said, the plan is to get the car "a little bit away" from the road to reduce friction, similar to a hovercraft.

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Buy a brand new baby car seat, to be sure

Motoring Group warns of Second-Rate Baby Car Seats

There are some things we can definitely cut corners on and buy second-hand. Think iPhones, shoes and toys. But when it comes to purchasing baby car seats, according to the RACV, it's best to buy new.

After a recent survey undertaken by the motoring group, the findings were that of the 164 restraints the RACV looked at, 114 were from online sellers, reflecting how most change hands these days. The other 50 were from second-hand stores.

RACV Manager Road User Behaviour Melinda Spiteri said “Disturbingly, we discovered that 36 per cent of store-sold restraints and 14 per cent sold online were simply unsuitable for use as they were worn-out, damaged, too old or even illegal overseas models."

Overall, 21 per cent of the car restraints were found to be unsuitable for resale.

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Retro Chic from the 70's

Brace yourself for more retro auto chic with the Maserati Boomerang, a unique car from the 1970's. Love it? Then grab your wallet and head to Bonhams Auctions in France.

First unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor show, the Boomerang also made an appearance at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, this time transformed into a fully operational vehicle. With a V8 engine, the Boomerang took the best of Maserati mechanics and combined it with the imagination of Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1.

The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, and is now offered at Bonhams first ever sale in Chantilly.”

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Check your oil while you drive

New Technology Means Less Oil Changes

It’s time to rejoice, lady drivers of Australia - checking your oil is to soon become a whole lot easier thanks to researchers at the ECU Electron Science Research Institute.

Changing the oil in your car every six months or 10,000 km could well be a thing of the past after researchers at ECU have developed a low cost sensor that can monitor oil quality in engines as they are running.

ECU Electron Science Research Institute Director Kamal Alameh said that providing an early indication of the quality of engine oil is crucial for maintaining optimum engine performance, high reliability, low maintenance costs and better environment.

“The sensors developed by ECU are only about two to three millimetres in diameter and are very rugged so they could survive inside an engine to provide real-time monitoring of engine oil quality,” Professor Alameh said.

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