One the films that come out of nowhere to capture a lot of fan acclaim during Comic-Con 2014 was Mad Max: Fury Road. A reboot/sequel to the trilogy of films created by director George Miller and actor Mel Gibson, this new chapter brings things back to the simplicity of the second Mad Max film, The Road Warrior, by offering viewers one big chase scene between some colorful factions of the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
The first trailer for Fury Road (which built off of the Comic-Con footage) re-introduced viewers to Max (now played by Tom Hardy), his hellish world, and Miller’s general filmmaking style. It also clearly indicated that Fury Road is destined for cult-hit status, likely to be enjoyed by many a midnight movie audience.
The new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road offers a bit more of the “story.” It basically boils down to a situation where dystopian warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) rules with an iron fist, until a member of his harem (or former member?) named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) steals the harem of girls and flees into the desert with them. During the pursuit, Joe and his gang of madmen lose possession of their prisoner, Max (Hardy), who sides with the ladies in an uneasy alliance to fight for freedom.
We also get to hear more of the internal monologue (or “madness”) that Max has going on in his head – and oddly enough it adds a touch of poetry to go with the poetic visuals that Miller is crafting out of this wild aesthetic and crazy over-the-top action.
All in all, what is there to say about this film that hasn’t already be said? While some look at scenes like the desert tornado chase and think that Miller has gone over-the-top with CGI sequencing, the general consensus is one of excitement and anticipation.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th, 2015.