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Cannes kicks into high gear with new ‘Mad Max’

Cannes kicks into high gear with new ‘Mad Max’

CANNES: The Cannes Film Festival slipped into high gear on its second day on Thursday by screening the new “Mad Max” blockbuster and starting the competition for its Palme d’Or.

“Mad Max: Fury Road”, a demented sci-fi road battle movie starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, gave a jolt of adrenaline and glitz to the Riviera event, which leans heavily to arthouse fare.

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The cast and director George Miller trod the red carpet for the black-tie projection, setting off a constellation of photographers’ flashes.

Theron stood out in a figure-hugging, canary yellow gown and was accompanied by her partner, actor Sean Penn, who wore all-black with no tie around his open shirt.

Other stars stepping into the huge, 2,300-seat theatre included Jane Seymour, wearing a ruby-and-diamond necklace, Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts.

Although Australian-directed, “Fury Road” A-list leads threw a bit of Hollywood glitter over the festival, confirming the event’s status as the premier international showcase for commercial and arthouse cinema.

The film, which has won rave reviews for the superlative stunts and action sequences, is opening worldwide on Thursday and Friday.

Rolling Stone magazine said it was a “brilliant cinematic fireball” and The Hollywood Reporter noted that director George Miller “kicks more ass, as well as all other parts of the anatomy, than any film ever made by a 70-year-old”.

Hardy, who plays second fiddle to Theron’s steely character, told reporters the movie, essentially a lengthy battle-on-vehicles epic, was “relentless and incredibly visceral”.

Published in Dawn, May 15th, 2015

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