Director George Miller’s return to the Mad Max franchise was a triumphant one. Mad Max: Fury Road earned more than $374 million at the box office and received overwhelmingly positive reviews, even being named the best film of 2015 by certain critic organizations. Thanks to phenomenal stunts, clever world-building, and some gorgeous shots, Fury Road has regenerated interest in the franchise, despite it being out of the spotlight for about thirty years.
The film is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and fans continue to sing its praise. The overall narrative may be simple, but it’s a ride full of creativity, as well as stunning cinematography and action scenes. The combination of those elements – along with several other factors, of course – turns Fury Road into a movie that many people want to watch over and over again. But what if Fury Road’s beautiful visuals were replaced by simple 8-bit (and “a little 16 bit,” as the video’s description puts it) graphics?
CineFix has given fans a new way to enjoy Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road all over again. Trimming the movie down to just over 3 minutes, the video transforms the exciting adventure into a classic video game. Given the limited time, some big parts of the movie are left out (like the final crash), but it’s still a very entertaining recap of the movie’s journey. It also provides a clear look at Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) taking out the Bullet Farmer (Richard Carter)! Check out the video above, and don’t forget to keep the volume up so you can hear their old school version of Junkie XL’s score.
Fury Road’s story is perfect as an older arcade game. Thanks to its frequent action scenes and constant chase sequences, it works so well as a two-dimensional run and gun game. Fury Road does currently have an open-world game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but this video makes it clear that a classic video game based on the movie would be a whole lot of fun, too.
At the time of writing this, Mad Max’s future on the big screen is unclear. Miller has stated he has scripts for at least two more movies, but he expressed interest in doing a “small film without special effects” for his next project, so that could push any Fury Road sequel(s) further back. On whether or not Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa – one of Fury Road‘s standout characters – will appear, Miller has expressed uncertainty, explaining he has some plans for her but it’s still too early to say for certain:
“I’m not sure, is the answer. She’s not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there’s an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can’t really say more than that because it’s still in progress.”
No matter what the future of the franchise may be, at least Fury Road holds up to multiple viewings and is a movie that should be appreciated for years to come. It’s just too bad the video eliminates Doof Warrior without letting him shoot fire even once. Considering how enjoyable everything else in the video is, we’ll forgive them for that.
Mad Max: Fury Road is currently available on Blu-ray/DVD.