'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer: Blood, Oil & Tom Hardy

If critics are still wrapped up in year end voting, is it too early to start looking ahead to 2015? Maybe so, maybe not, but either way the official trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is all the temptation anyone needs to forget about 2014 and get amped up for next May; the future is full of tentpole pictures for sure, from The Avengers: Age of Ultron to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it's also full of fiery explosions.

Not to mention a whole parade of post-apocalyptic badasses, driving full tilt across sun scorched deserts in post-apocalyptic junkers. If you've seen the San Diego Comic-Con footage for Mad Max: Fury Road, then you've seen the bulk of what the fresh clip above has to offer; a number of the same shots and lines of dialogue make their way into the cut here, so don't expect two minutes of brand new footage (though we do get to see just exactly what happens to a car that's driven through a live tornado).

Do, however, expect to experience the imagery with a renewed anticipation for the film's imminent arrival. Every word spoken, every crash of steel, every roaring engine, every lightning bolt bursts with urgency, and the soundtrack Village Roadshow has appended to the teaser adds to the chaos in unexpected ways. Somehow, classical tunes straight-up amplifies Mad Max: Fury Road's insanity.

For those who need a refresher, the film revolves around a road war that erupts in the arid dystopia seen in George Miller's previous Mad Max pictures; Max (Tom Hardy) is back, and he's fallen in with a handful of rebels led by Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who are on the run from a tyrannical gang lord named Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Most of the movie appears to be dedicated to the chase, as seen here.

It's a threadbare plot summary, but combined with the crazed energy on display here, it should be more than enough to immediately put Mad Max: Fury Road on any genre fan's watch list.

Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15th, 2015

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