Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Much like Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, George Miller's Mad Max universe is comprehensively innovative, right down to details like vocabulary and attires. And one of the most pleasant surprises about this revival of the Mad Max series, 30 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, is exactly how Miller has honoured and embellished these peculiarities of his universe, and made them the basis for the film. The result is that Fury Road feels like a story which emanates from a world and an environment which has been sitting there all through these 30 years, instead of being simply a construct of 2015 action sequences with an imposed Mad Max design. This is quite an achievement considering the fact that the film actually is more or less an endless series of action sequences: an exhilarating two-hour chase fest starring a dichotomy of characters and an absolutely amusing array of avant-garde/retro vehicles and equipment. And when Miller still is able to make all this work so well, despite the simple good/evil distinction and the perpetual nature of the story, it's all because of first-class craftsmanship – with actual, practical stunts and effects – and a complete immersion in his bizarre, truly original universe. It doesn't even matter that the acting is somewhat stiff, or that some of the scenes border on overkill.