The war boys are born with a “half-life,” presumably meaning a seriously shortened lifespan. But from what? The apparent inbreeding, the irradiated wasteland, and the need for “blood bags” gives us a possibility: some form of the blood cancer leukemia.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD has raised the bar for hard action Sci-fi, earning from both critics and fanboys. (Seemingly the only people who haven’t liked it are a bunch of anti-feminazis who feel the film is “brainwashing” the movie-going public with an insidious feminist agenda.) One aspect of the movie, though, that hasn’t gotten much coverage in the media involves the villainous “War Boys” and their dependency on human blood to survive. The vampire theme in the film is pervasive, if subtle; Director George Miller, also a medical doctor, manages, in addition to turning a two-hour chase scene into a cinematic masterpiece, to make you feel some degree of sympathy for his bad guys.
With their whitewashed skins and teeth spraypainted silver, sunken eyes and thin, cadaverous physiques, the War Boys bear more than a passing resemblance to the vampire of legend. This resemblance is more than skin deep, however. Keeping their prisoners, endearingly dubbed “blood bags,” for involuntary transfusions, they drain them slowly to sustain their own shortened existences. Deprived of frequent “fill-ups,” they will die. Doesn’t it lessen their culpability for their inhuman actions if they are doing it just to survive? Or is it just me, always sympathizing with the villains?