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Furiosa Review: This Thrilling Epic On The Fury Road Is George Miller’s Magnum Opus – SlashFilm

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It’s obvious from the film’s earliest moments that even as a child, Furiosa was raised to survive the Wasteland, showcasing survival skills, self-defense, and resourcefulness. But alas, she is kidnapped by a Biker Horde while trying to protect her home and taken to their commune as evidence of a place of lush riches beyond the desert. In a series so defined by sweat, sand, rust, metal, and motor oil, it’s jarring to see the land of the Many Mothers (aka Vuvalini) in such direct juxtaposition. There’s such a drastic visual shift compared to everything else we’ve seen in the world of “Mad Max,” that it’s impossible not to be haunted by its memory. The audience knows where Furiosa will end up as we’ve already seen “Fury Road,” and the film is enhanced by the events of “Furiosa,” adding depth to the already gripping lore.

As Furiosa is thrust into the Wasteland, the knowledge of the Eden she was plucked from hangs over every decision she makes and every bit of righteous anger she unleashes on those who have taken her from it. Rather than function like the chase movie of “Fury Road,” there’s a simmering ferocity embedded in Furiosa’s revenge epic, burning hotter with every passing moment before transcending beyond fire and settling into ice-cold vengeance. Furiosa brings a stillness and sense of control in this world of thundering engines, explosions, and sacrificial War Boys, her true power is not with strength, but silence. Both Browne and Taylor-Joy are marvels to behold with their grounded stoicism amidst a society littered with over-exaggerated characters — a majority of whom are men — with their eyes alone expressing more than any monologue from a corrupt warlord.

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