This Friday May 15th the summer season of action blockbusters take flight with the release of Mad Max: Fury Road. A retake on his 1979 post-apocalyptic thriller, George Miller gears audiences up for another round of desert sand storms, insane car chases, explosions, and of course, madness.
After over a decade of pushing for a Mad Max reboot, Miller finally gets his wishes with Fury Road. The film stars Tom Hardy as the title character of Max, a replacement on Mel Gibson who played Max in Miller’s original 1979 flick, and who proceeded to star in the sequels The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
As IMDb describes, Mad Max: Fury Road takes place in a post- apocalyptic desert landscape where two rebels, Max and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron)–a woman trying to make it back to her childhood homeland– try to restore order in a world where humanity is lost.
At the start of the film, Max is the prisoner of evil warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and upon his escape he teams up with Furiosa and the two race across the apocalyptic desert while Immortan Joe and his band of psycho death-racers purse them.
This pursuit gives action fans just the thrill they seek. With futuristic souped-up dune buggy vehicles flying at top speed through desert sandstorms, explosives going off on the regular, and characters who most certainly are “mad”, both in mannerisms and looks, Fury Road is visually climatic throughout most of its entirety.
Yet as Entertainment Weekly points out, this “orgy of loco action sequences” (as they call it) does a terrific job at masking the otherwise thin story line. Compared to Miller’s original 1979 Mad Max, Miller’s newly re-vamped Fury Road lacks any metaphorical depth and fails to give any back story on Hardy’s Max. Entertainment Weekly goes on to write that Fury Road is nothing more than “just another summer action film”.
But is “just another summer action film” really that bad? Viewers will find out on Friday when the film is released to the public in North America. But if the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is any indication on what the film as a whole has to offer, I for one am still very excited to go see “just another summer action film”. Let the madness begin.