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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga topped the box office on Memorial Day weekend with $26.3 million edging out The Garfield Movie.

Please read our review of the film below. 


Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review

People say there’s no originality in Hollywood. Most movies made these days are reboots and remakes, digging up past hits and trying to update them for 21st-century audiences.

One of the biggest trends now is prequels. Prequels are basically backstories or origin stories of favorite characters from your favorite films.

For instance, “Solo” is a prequel about Han Solo, one of the famous characters from the “Star Wars” franchise.

Bumblebee” is the origin of the fearless yellow Autobot that always fights alongside Optimus Prime from “Transformers” fame.

Some prequels are pretty entertaining (“Wonka”) while others are, uh, well (“Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd”), you know how it goes.

The newest blockbuster prequel delivered from the womb of Tinseltown is “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” out of “Mad Max: Fury Road.

I’ll get into why this prequel is trendy yet risky later, but in the meantime, can the film capture MAXimum attention, or have audiences reached their MAXimum limit?

Let’s go!

I’m a survivor, I’m not gon’ give up. I’m not gon’ stop, I’m gon’ work harder!

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Alyla Browne, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Burke.

It is directed by George Miller and is a prequel to “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Here’s the thing, y’all, yes, it’s a prequel (I hear the sighs), but this can also be classified as a spin-off (I hear more sighs).

I know, I know, prequels and spin-offs and spin-offs and prequels – how original, right?

This is risky, however. In the “Fury Road” movie, Furiosa was a brand-new character in a franchise with already four films under its belt.

We were there to see Mad Max and villains, not really for some new jack trying to take Max’s shine.

Like Tina Turner said in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” we don’t need another hero!

This is the spin-off/prequel no one asked for. Welp…don’t ask and you shall STILL receive!

And what you receive is one helluva action movie with a new hero who’s sure to score, endure for more without a flaw…’cause she gets raw.

The first act captures you like a bounty hunter with the introduction of a young Furiosa, played by Browne.

The film follows her life as a child for a while, so much so that it’s actually broken into chapters.

Lil Furiosa is living the hard-knock life and trust me, she gets more kicks than kisses.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, though.

Once given an opportunity to escape, Chef Furiosa prepares a meal of icicle sandwiches for all those who made her life a living hell.

As a grown woman, Furiosa (now played by Taylor-Joy) goes door to door giving revenge samples until she’s able to feed her nemesis Dr. Dementus (Hemsworth) the main course.

The cast is amazing. It’s just what you’d expect from a Mad Max film.

A lawless society of characters preying upon the weak where no one is to be trusted. Deformed, post-apocalyptic humanoids running around and soldiers killing for fun.

Hemsworth as Dementus is far from Thor. He ain’t trying to save anyone but his own a$$, and is a downright ruthless, sadistic human being.

Furiosa’s transformation is out of necessity. She has to survive.

They say you can’t turn a bad girl good but once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever.

Production in this film is something serious!

The action scenes are summer blockbuster-worthy.

Fight sequences mesmerize, chase scenes captivate, driving sequences astound.

There’s one chase scene involving Furiosa, Praetorian Jack (Burke), and a band of marauders that is the most adrenaline-rushing thing you’ll see! Geez, I wasn’t ready for that!

Even during the downtime, dialogue along with camera angles and epic cinematography keep you glued to the screen.

George Miller takes zero shorts directing this joint, giving the audience exactly what they want – and the man is 79…SEVENTY-NINE, Y’ALL!

The score accentuates the film to levels incomprehensible.

Now, this movie is long, 148 minutes, but good. But long. But good. But looking.

The action and suspense don’t lag, so you may not wanna get a large soda, or if you do, you better train your bladder.

This prequel hits the mark and Mad Max fans will love it, as will action movie enthusiasts.

I’m co-signing “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” to the fullest! Listen, DO NOT watch a bootleg on your dayum TV.

See it at the theater, preferably in IMAX.

This ain’t no dayum Tubi movie, for God’s sake!

Rapper Trina may indeed be the baddest chick, but ya girl Furiosa? That…girl…BAD!

Watch the trailer below.

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