The second trailer for George Miller's long-awaited sequel Mad Max: Fury Road was easily one of the best trailers released in 2015. When a movie is in development for thirty years there's no guarantee that the end result will retain the spirit of its predecessors, but Mad Max: Fury Road looks fast-paced, violent, brutal, beautiful, operatic and, well... completely mad.
Tom Hardy takes over from Mel Gibson as eponymous protagonist Max Rockatansky, a former officer of the law who was left traumatized after the loss of his family and now struggles to survive in a barren future landscape, where only the toughest survive and are willing to kill one another for necessities like oil and water. Charlize Theron plays Imperator Furiosa, a one-armed, tough-skinned leader trying to make it across a desert and back to her childhood home.
Max Max: Fury Road also sees Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the original Mad Max film, return as new villain Immortan Joe, the leader of a group of unhinged bandits who are seen capturing Max and relentlessly pursuing Furiosa in the trailers.
With Mad Max: Fury Road set to hit theater screens this summer, a new international trailer has been released. It's mostly just a shorter, reworked version of the second trailer but there are a couple of new shots in there and - let's face it - those scenes of vehicles exploding in a violent sandstorm will never get old.
Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones and Josh Helman. Comic book artist Brendan McCarthy co-wrote the script with Miller and Mad Max actor Nico Lathouris, and many of McCarthy's designs were incorporated into the film.
While adaptations of young adult novels like The Hunger Games have made post-apocalyptic sci-fi popular in mainstream cinema, there's nothing else that looks quite like Mad Max: Fury Road coming out this year. Here's hoping the film is as good as the trailers promise.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th, 2015.