Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Thriller Epic On Max Is Beautifully Violent

By TeeJay Small | Updated

Mad Max: Fury Road is widely regarded as one of the greatest post-apocalyptic action thrillers of all time, with incredible action set-pieces, awe-inspiring stunts, and beautiful wide-open shots that put other films in the genre to shame. The film premiered in 2015 to near-universal acclaim from audiences and critics alike and currently enjoys a staggering 97 percent certified fresh critic score on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. Though it is the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road stands on its own as a contained story featuring a recast lead performer and a plot that can be enjoyed with no additional context required.

The Wasteland Never Looked So Good

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Mad Max: Fury Road is written and directed by Australian filmmaker George Miller, who is also slated to helm two additional movies in the Mad Max franchise. One such film is a direct sequel to Fury Road titled Mad Max: The Wasteland, while the other is a spinoff centered on Furiosa, the rebel leader who takes center stage alongside Max Rockatansky in Fury Road. The film touts incredible leading performances from Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Zoë Kravitz.

Warlords, Monster Trucks, And Amazing Action

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The film centers on the titular Max Rockatansky, who is still dealing with the aftermath and fallout of the previous Mad Max films when he is snatched up by a warlord named Immortan Joe. Joe runs a band of marauders who comb through the desert on suped-up monster trucks and weaponized big rigs, searching for the remnants of precious limited materials, such as water and oil. From there, Max joins a group of rebel women seeking to escape the warlord in a thrilling car chase through the badlands of the ever-expanding desert.

Fury Road Was Decades In The Making

Miller was first inspired to helm Mad Max: Fury Road in 1987 after the success of the first three films in his Mel Gibson-led trilogy. However, Fury Road continued to stall and become embroiled in development hell, starting and stopping production multiple times between 1998 and the mid-2000s. Once Mel Gibson’s career was rocked by scandal in his personal life, it seemed clear that the film would never become a reality, causing George Miller to pivot to other projects, including family-friendly comedies like Babe: Pig In The City and Happy Feet.

An Oscar-Winning Sci-Fi Movie

When Miller finally recast the titular role to Tom Hardy in 2010, fans were cautiously optimistic, though shooting was delayed again throughout the following four years. Finally, against all odds, Mad Max: Fury Road premiered in May 2015 and wowed audiences far and wide, taking in over $380 million against an estimated production budget of $154-$185 million. The highly lauded film took home six Oscar Awards the following year out of 10 nominations.

Watch Fury Road Before The Prequel Hits Theaters

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If you’re an action movie fan and haven’t yet had the chance to indulge in the heart-racing action of Mad Max: Fury Road, the film is currently available to stream on Max. Just be sure to enjoy the film responsibly, as the blood-pumping energy may inspire you to peel out into a street race during your daily work commute.