Despite the fact that it has a prime release date, it’s supposedly finished or at least very close, and that we’ve even seen a trailer, I feel like I’ll never set eyes on George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve been waiting for this one for years, guys, and with a production plagued by every problem and delay imaginable, even seemingly acts of spite by some vengeful deity, I just expect a catastrophic event to come down before it ever hits theaters. Maybe a computer virus will corrupt every digital copy while any scrap of film goes up in flames in a warehouse fire. Or maybe I’ll just die before then. But one way or another, I don’t ever anticipate seeing this film in my lifetime, I’ve just been burned way too many times before.
But that trailer, holy shit that trailer. If you weren’t already excited, you damn sure were after that. It showed up at San Diego Comic-Con back in July, and we haven’t stopped watching it since. That might be a slight exaggeration, but not by that much. And we aren’t the only ones, as the fan who made his own version of the video has obviously seen it a time or two as well, as he went to great lengths to recreate the action shot by shot.
This is one of those videos that is totally ingenious, especially in the way they go about reimagining every shot and set up, is the kind of thing that you’re glad exists, and is totally fun. For a while. As outstanding as this is, after 30 seconds or a minute, you nod your head like you’ve seen enough and your attention starts to wander. It’s incredibly inventive, recreating all of the sounds with their mouths and the intricate car chases with toy cars, but eventually, at some point, those very things start to grate on your nerves. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it runs its course in relatively short order, and this is not something I’ll ever feel the need to watch again after the first time.
For a point of comparison, here is the original trailer from Comic-Con. And like I said, they do a remarkable job of reinventing this footage:
Fury Road has been described as one long chase scene from beginning to end. The action sees quiet loner Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy taking over the role that helped launch Mel Gibson to international superstar status) team up with Furiosa (Charlize Theron looking badass with a shaved head, one arm, and a post-apocalyptic makeover). Together they have to lead a bunch of people across the desert wastes, pursued the whole way by a vicious gang of bloodthirsty goons. If that’s not enough to make you start salivating, I don’t know what will.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens everywhere on May 15, 2015.