Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) for Best Actress
Credit: Jasin Boland

So ladies, you think Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t for you? That all the violence, savagery and crazy car chases are meant for men alone? Well think again. Actually don’t. Just watch this featurette released exclusively to EW and I’m pretty sure Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa will be able to change your mind.

Director George Miller already has rightly defined her as one of the most unique female characters to hit the big screen, with the closest comparison being to Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley in Alien. But Furiosa is wholly singular: a wronged warrior who has been plotting her revenge against evil warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) for years as she toils under his authority as a war rig operator.

With one chance to escape, Furiosa heads out into the desert with five young girls as her cargo, while armies of maniacal soldiers chase her. It’s only her need for revenge that keeps her going. And she intends to make the Immortan pay for what he has taken from her by stealing the warlord’s most valuable piece of property—his women, who he has captured so he can breed future fighters. And she is conflicted, for these women, in their flowing white garments and iron chastity belts, represent all that she isn’t: fertile, feminine, soft. Not Furiosa, she’s been hardening under Immortan Joe’s nose, while she mingles undetected and non-threatening with his war boys.

It’s a complex, feminist tale that’s not just for the boys.

Mad Max: Fury Road
2015 movie
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