Every Mad Max fan is nervously awaiting the release of Fury Road on May 15, hoping it will live up to the promise of its insanely action-packed trailers.
Possibly the last of the official Mad Max Fury Road trailers dropped this morning, and it doesn’t give a lot more of the plot away than previous trailers.
Basically, Fury Road has all the post-Apocalyptic themes you’d expect from a Mad Max film. The twist in this fourth instalment appears to revolve around a lack of women, or at least a lack of women able to breed.
In one scene, we see the main villain, Immortan Joe, unlock a vault to reveal one girl locked in a room with the words “We are not things” scrawled on the wall behind her.
Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne who made cult status as Toecutter in the original Mad Max, can be heard at one stage yelling “I want them back! They are my property!”
And then there’s this eyewatering scene featuring a fairly obvious clue:
But it would be wise not to expect a lot from the plot. From all reports, Fury Road is basically an epic car chase from start to end.
Even Miller himself described it as “a very simple allegory, almost a western on wheels”. Paraphrasing Hitchcock in a media call last year, Miller said he aimed to make a film which could be understood in Japan without the use of subtitles.
So it’s best to let the pictures speak for themselves. First up, the Interceptor is back after being destroyed and burned in the original trilogy:
Here’s a good look at the resurrected Interceptor:
There’s been some work put into making the weapons as homebrew as the cars:
Of course there’s a chainsaw. They always look great but to be honest, they’re incredibly impractical.
This scene has featured in all the trailers and is still a great example of the kind of out-there visuals we can expect from Miller:
And this. Aussie singer-songwriter iOTA keeps the beats on this truck as the Coma-Doof Warrior:
‘Rana badge! Yes!
It’s hard to believe no one got hurt. Miller claims 90% of the effects are practical:
And finally, just a stab in the dark here – could this be a Mel Gibson cameo?
We can’t wait, and no doubt neither can the film’s backers, who splurged $150 million on a disaster-ridden shoot to get it to theatres.
It looks like they needn’t be worried. Turkey or not, it’s obvious Mad Max Fury Road is nothing if not a made-for-cinema experience.
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