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Charlize Theron’s Top 10 Performances

on July 25, 2017, 2:00pm
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01. Imperator Furiosa

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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What else was going to top this list? If Theron’s work as Wuornos was her most acclaimed in the sense of gold statues received, it’s Imperator Furiosa who became a breakout cultural icon. Not only does she entirely run away with the fourth Mad Max film, even from the titular character himself, but Theron’s instant classic of a performance as the one-armed warrior of the wasteland is arguably one of the better performances in any big-budget popcorn movie of the blockbuster era. Furiosa is at once terse and deadpan, motherly and capable of grisly violence, fearful of a world that calls for her extinction and hopeful that perhaps there’s still a future to be saved from the hellscape in which she exists. To compare her to Ripley or any of the great action heroines is to oversimplify Theron’s radical (in every sense) vision of a new kind of savior. There’s little in the way of kindness or mercy to be found in Furiosa, but there’s always hope: for tomorrow, for salvation, for a world in which “we are not things” transcends a rallying cry and becomes the simple truth. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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