Had a story come out today that claimed Max Max: Fury Road was all a big collective fever dream that the world was having, I wouldn’t have been overly surprised, considering barely anything about this movie has been revealed since its inception. However, a bunch of new images have been released, forcing me to believe that this movie isn’t just real, but that it’s going to be a dark and violent dystopian adventure. My favorite kind!
It’s been 16 long years since director George Miller took audiences to strangely futuristic places in 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City — I have seriously blocked Happy Feet out of my mind for good, except for that one reference there — and it’s been almost 30 years since Max Rockatansky graced the big screen. Miller is returning to form in a huge way with Mad Max: Fury Road, his biggest film yet. Compare its $100 million budget to the $12 million budget of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and one starts to get really excited by how over-the-top this sorta-sequel will turn out. Lord knows when we’ll see an actual trailer for this flick, but Entertainment Weekly has thankfully stepped in to give us our biggest visual dose of Mad Max yet.
And these shots are kind of glorious. Honestly, when I think of a Mad Max movie, I think of dust, wacky villain names, and non-conformist character types. (Welcome, Nathan Jones’ Rictus Erectus.) In a nutshell, that’s everything these pictures have to offer. Above you see Tom Hardy, one of the most talented thesps working today, trying to escape from the most insane fire blast I’ve ever seen in my life. Seriously, Michael Bay explosions don’t hold a candle to this flame. Below, you can catch a glimpse of what I’ll assume is the trashiest car ride ever, with a buzzcut Charlize Theron and a pale, tatted-up Nicholas Hoult riding shotgun.
Need another look at Theron, just without all of her actual skin showing? She’s still gorgeous, which proves that Monster was a complete anomaly for this woman.
Lest I forget, vehicles also play a big part in this post-apocalyptic world. Gotta represent in a different way when no one can read your bumper stickers.
There hasn’t been much revealed about the plot behind Mad Max: Fury Road yet, despite the fact that it’s already been screened for some critics. What we know for sure is that Miller will be bringing this boom-and-gloom film to theaters on May 15, 2015, which is essentially 10 months too late for our taste. But we’ll allow it, since we don’t feel like dealing with Mad Max’s brand of justice.