Revved-up Mad Max is rollercoaster ride

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight as the fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise delivers a blitzkrieg of propulsive pursuits featuring almost 150 hand-built death machines.

These thrillingly choreographed sequences of Armageddon build to a jaw-dropping finale, replete with metronome-like poles that allow road warriors to swoop down and snatch their prey from adjacent vehicles.

If the original Mad Max released in 1979 was soaked in testosterone, Fury Road adds a heady whiff of oestrogen by introducing a badass tribe of warrior women called the 
Vuvalini, who ride proudly into battle armed with explosive-tipped spears.

Computer trickery is kept to a bare minimum: stunt drivers actually performed these mind-boggling feats in real vehicles at dizzying speeds.

This rambunctious ride is heightened by a deafening soundtrack courtesy of leading composer Junkie XL. You’ll feel the teeth rattle in your head as his sonic boom of drums, strings, thrashing electric guitars and a soaring 80-voice choir competes with the crash-bang-wallop of the on-screen carnage.