Somewhere along the way, the 'Mad Max' series picked up one hell of a following. Eventually, as with a lot of movies these days, we also felt the need to revisit the nostalgic universe. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't, but this is definitely a case of things working out for the best.
If you were to ask a 'Mad Max' fan what his or her favourite 'Mad Max' movie was before that, the odds seem to work out that 'Road Warrior' is by and large the choice. A lot of people go for 'Thunderdome' as well, but I tend to find it kind of like comparing 'Empire' and 'Jedi' - One's just fantastic, but the other is really good in its own right. 'Fury Road' decided to capitalize on the idea of 'Road Warrior', but bring in some new and interesting things. For instance, swinging back and forth on those poles, and of course, some random creature type dude wailing away on a flame-spitting electric guitar. That was one hell of a cheesetastic badass piece of awesome and most of us tend to agree.
But perhaps the most important addition to this one is Imperator Furiosa, portrayed by Charlize Theron in perhaps her most bad ass role, now only really balanced with 'Atomic Blonde'. She ends up taking a bunch of innocent girls away from the clutches Immortan Joe - a tyrannical madman who rules over a post-apocalyptic Australia (or part of it, anyway). He has full control of the populous' water, and the flow of "mother's milk" which is, well... mother's milk, being harvested as a hot commodity for trade in these post-apocalyptic times. The girls Furiosa takes with her are Joe's wives, meant for the sole purpose of breeding. One of them being pregnant with a new son kinda makes shit hit the fan for everyone.
Along the way, of course, Max (Tom Hardy) joins the party in all his awesomeness, and lends aid to these women. They are also joined by a psychotic worshiper named Nux (Nicholas Hoult) who is convinced that one day Joe will take him with him to the gates of Valhalla, but may or may not end up finding his own humanity when crossing this group of women with Max.
There's actually a lot more to like here other than just the action, but the action IS largely what makes this movie so awesome. Try to think of it as one long car chase with slight breaks in between. However, I will say this about it - there is a bit of a "Big Screen Big Deal" thing going on with it. This is the term I now like to give the type of movie that will give you a significantly better theatrical experience than on your TV at home. 'Avatar' and 'Gravity' are my prime examples of this.
However, this still has a lot to be admired about it based on some of its original ideas, and of course, a complete smorgasbord of practical effects. But if you wanna see it in full force, theatrical 3D was the way to go. So, if it ever finds its way back into theaters with the option (never say never, 'T2' did it last year) it's a high, high recommendation for any action junkie. That said, I still recommend it either way, as probably one of the best action films of all time. Check this one out if you need that adrenaline to flow.