Cannes kicks into high gear with 'Mad Max' film

“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. The previous day’s opening was by comparison low-key, with a small-scale French social drama starring Catherine Deneuve, “Standing Tall”, as the red-carpet event. Although largely Australian, “Fury Road” threw a bit of Hollywood glitter over the festival, confirming the event’s status as the premier international showcase for commercial and arthouse fare. Advance press screenings brought rave reviews for the superlative stunts and action sequences of “Fury Road”..

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