Review of Mad Max Fury Road

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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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Noone hits the road and expects to have a car accident and when it does happen, the accompanied confusion and shock can be crippling. It’s hard to remember your own name at this time, let alone your details and all the necessary steps you must take after a fender bender, or worse.

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Mad Max Fury Road
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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.

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley needs no introduction. A doyenne of television, she is as professional as she is personable.

Ageless, fearless and with a fabulous sense of humour and fun that never seems to dull, KAK is well known to lending her hand to charities and her latest association is a welcome addition to the automotive world.

An ambassador for Kumho Tyres Pink Fitters Day 2015, KAK is helping the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia along with awareness of safety regarding tyre care.

Kumho Tyres’ Pink Fitters Day is the company’s major community initiative that sees tyre dealerships Australia-wide fundraise for the McGrath Foundation by turning pink for the day.

Kumho Tyres is a long-term friend of the McGrath Foundation and has donated over $500,000.

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A common complaint regarding the car buying experience is that the dealership leaves a lot to be desired at the lot. And so in an effort to freshen things up and get customers excited about getting into the car yard, USA brand Chevy called in the tech'perts to create a unique virtual automotive experience called CoDriver.

CoDriver works a little like the plot from Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Total Recall (less the memory loss and wifey Sharon Stone); car buyers take a seat in the Chevrolet vehicle they may wish to purchase and after securing a pair of goggles, are instantly transported to some place they'd rather be to experience the car's driving capabilities in unprecedented detail. Following their exciting in-car experience, the consumer has the option to share their drive with others on social media.

The experience combines Oculus Rift DK2 with both CGI and purpose shot 360 degree 12K resolution video footage, with 3D positional sound recording and in-car vibration simulation, all enabled by mounting a Chevrolet Colorado with a range of the latest technology.

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD

16-February-2012

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    $28,490

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    Unleaded Petrol 

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Mitsubishi has blended the best of both worlds with their city-sized 5-seater SVU, the ASX (Active Smart Crossover). The car is small enough to negotiate a crowded Westfield car park without endangering any lives, and you can comfortably take it out of the city without worrying about whether you’re going to make it if you decide to take that bumpy, scenic route to your destination.

I test drove the Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD CVT automatic ($28,490) with Luxury Package (+$3,700), and discovered that bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to an SUV.

Style & Drive
At first glance the ASX looks sleek, smart, and promising… and the drive does not disappoint. It handles well in the city as well as on the highway where you get a smooth ride. In the auto version I test drove, the car slid through the gear changes with relative ease and power while negotiating hills, heavy traffic and highways. The ASX is nimble while attempting to negotiate a tight parking spot (especially with the assistance of the reverse parking camera), and rear vision is good.

The interior is attractive, with a user-friendly dash, plenty of leg room, and comfy seats. The ASX 2WD comes standard with a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity. To sweeten the deal, the Luxury pack (for an extra $3,700) includes Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, leather seat trim with heated front seats, power driver seat, an electro chromatic mirror with reversing camera, front fog lamps, and a chrome exterior package (fog lamp bezel, radiator grille surround, belt line moulding). The only thing that seemed cheap was the indicators which required a heavy touch to use, and made a loud clunk while changing gears or operating the windscreen wipers.

Safety
The ASX scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. The ASX also boasts Hill Start Control (HSC), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Service
Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Eco
Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km manual, 7.9L/100km auto.
CO2 emission: 181g/km manual, 185g/km auto.

Describe the car in 3 words
Attractive, versatile, nifty.

What are the best things about this car?
It’s an SUV that doesn’t make you feel like you’re plowing a giant tank through the crowded city streets.

What are the downsides of this car?
For an SUV the boot really isn’t all that huge.

What kind of petrol does it use?
Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?
Yes! For an urban soul who occasionally likes to escape for a weekend away it’s a great car that works perfectly for all occasions… Just be careful how much you pack!!


 

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