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If Mad Max: Fury Road taught us anything it's that action doesn't have to be separate from story, it can actually propel the story. That said, there are plenty of other scenes I would rather hear director George Miller discuss than the one chosen here for "New York Times'" Anatomy of a Scene feature. Last night, in fact, I was discussing one scene (Spoilers Coming) in particular with a fellow Seattle based critic when I mentioned the final scene featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's character. It's is not only thrilling and tense as Whiteley's Splendid hangs from the side of the War Rig, but it's a scene that shows Immortan Joe's (Hugh Keays-Byrne) fear for her safety as well as further bolsters Max's (Tom Hardy) personality and humanizes him a little more when he gives her the thumbs up after she manages to hang on. Then (Spoilers Continue), of course, she ultimately slips and falls, »
- Brad Brevet
Wamg is giving away the soundtrack from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action-thriller Mad Max: Fury Road from Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie Xl.
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult and directed by Oscar winner George Miller, the mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, Fury Road is a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiosa (Theron), to try and survive a high-octane Road War.
The film is in theaters now.
The movie’s vast landscape provided ample opportunity for the composer to explore a diverse range of musical territory, from beating drums to sweeping strings and electric guitar-driven operatic themes, utilizing nearly 200 instruments. “The score includes almost everything in a composer’s arsenal. The instrumentation ranges from big, brutal percussion with string sections and musical sound design, »
- Movie Geeks
“Mad Max: Fury Road”, George Miller’s willfully insane orgy of dirt, fire, blood, and tons and tons of gasoline keeps giving audiences everywhere substantial actiongasms after being unleashed unto an unsuspecting world this past weekend. Alongside the film’s many lauded elements —including the breakneck, unrelenting forward momentum (which we explore in greater detail here) and the emphasis on practical stunts over CGI— is Dutch multi-instrumentalist Junkie Xl’s sublime and energetic score, a vital component to Miller’s triumphant return to the Mad Max universe. Junkie Xl’s score, which you can hear in full on Spotify, finds a delicate balance between percussion-driven action and a striking orchestral score that resembles old school Hollywood epics. If you’d like to skip directly to the high-octane music heard in the latest trailers, which sounds like a hive of bumblebees are making passionate love to a parking lot full of timpani drums, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office.
It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territories, including Australia, the birthplace of the post-apocalyptic anti-hero, as well as such key markets as France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Korea, all of Scandinavia, »
- Michelle McCue
Chicago – It’s “the greatest action movie ever made,” so says the television commercials (which means it’s true). And it’s buoyed by other quotables galore including “what a lovely day!,” “from mastermind George Miller,” “pulse pounding,” “heart wrenching” and “teeth grinding”.
While these words are actually true, though, the film doesn’t need them to sell it.
Though a cinematic “thrill ride” is often marketing speak – sometimes rightfully earned and oftentimes overhyped – this $150 million film sells itself because it really is exactly that. Gritty, dirty, mad and fun as hell, you can’t get much more of a thrill ride than “Mad Max: Fury Road”. And there’s no other filmmaker for the job than George Miller yet again, who not only proves he’s still got it but reminds us that he’s more than just the “Mad Max” mastermind. He’s also the creator of the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There has been no film like this before. There will be no film like this ever again.
Unless George Miller gets Warner Brothers to fork up another enormous budget and let him run wild, that is. Miller’s goal with Mad Max: Fury Road was to create a 2 hour long chase movie, and he has succeeded beyond any expectations. Mad Max and The Road Warrior were staples of my youth, and Road Warrior still stands tall as one of the greatest action films of all time. That’s not to slight Mad Max, or to completely write off Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, but Road Warrior is a brilliant piece of film making. Fury Road has been in the works for a quarter century in one form or another. Just soak that in for a minute. Thunderdome was released in 1985, and a few years later Miller began planning another chapter. Decades pass, »
- Mike Hassler
Thirty years after writer/director George Miller led us all to believe his Mad Max franchise had run out of gas with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, he resurrects the Road Warrior with a larger budget, a bigger crew, and more vehicles to destroy. Well worth the wait, Mad Max: Fury Road is pure dynamite, with enough wit and ingenuity to put all recent action films to shame.
Not a sequel nor prequel nor reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road is simply another installment in the post-apocalyptic chronicles of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy replacing “Mad Mel” Gibson). He’s introduced as a man haunted by flashbacks of past barbarity, mostly involving a young child he failed to protect. He’s seized by a band of pale-faced desert outlaws known as War Boys, and taken to The Citadel, a settlement where his uninfected blood will be gathered. The War Boys do the bidding of their masked ruler, »
- Tom Stockman
Directed by George Miller
Audacious and percussive, Mad Max: Fury Road is the action film of the decade thus far. The sheer volume of arresting visuals and surreal concoctions in every frame of George Miller’s return to Max is almost staggering. It’s an embarrassment of hyperkinetic riches; a gleeful celebration of nihilistic debauchery that somehow manages to deliver a powerful message of hope and redemption. More at home than ever before, Max has returned to raise the bar for action films.
We know Max. We met him 35 years ago and he’s still the same brooding, tormented soul he’s always been. As played by Tom Hardy, Max is almost monosyllabic. He grunts and gestures like some prehistoric beast; language isn’t necessary to convey the necessities of survival. “My world is fire and blood, »
- J.R. Kinnard
The movie event of the summer arrives this weekend in the form of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which reunites fan with the series’ titular hero (now portrayed by the badass Tom Hardy), who finds himself in yet another dangerous adventure, but this time with a few new friends along for the ride.
During the recent Fury Road press day, we heard from Miller, Hardy and co-star Charlize Theron about their experiences working on the latest chapter in the Mad Max franchise, what we can expect from their characters and much more. Check out the highlights from the press conference below and look for Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters everywhere this Friday (early engagements begin Thursday night).
Tom, Max in this movie seems to be more broken than we’ve ever seen him before. Were you reflecting on all he’s been through in the previous three »
- Heather Wixson
It’s funny how Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie that takes place in a dystopian future, plays to our most primitive, basic instincts. Instead of evolving like progressive beings in the face of adversity, we devolve into power-hungry tribes once chaos and anarchy rear their ugly heads – in this case, George Miller’s waterless world. Revving engines, beating drums, whizzing bullets, and a crunchy electric guitar become this road’s bleak soundtrack, and furthermore, the beating pulse of Miller’s bombastic creation. There’s something magnificent in the way that Miller envisions his updated, highly-defined wasteland, but what’s even more impressive is that a major studio Let him inject his “no f$cks given” attitude into every dusty scene. Minimal dialogue, nipple piercings, a true Steampunk vibe, and one seriously badass female heroine – have I died and ascended into a blockbuster Valhalla?!
- Matt Donato
It’s 45 years after the fall of the world. There is no rule of law, no power grids, no water, and no mercy. In “Mad Max: Fury Road,” civilization is a memory, and only to a few. The world’s great economies have fallen into dust, the coastal cities have been erased, and in the wake of wars for water and oil, food is scarce and air is poison.
What’s left of humanity roams the Wasteland in wild tribes or clings to survival at the foot of the Citadel, a fortress spun into a cave system where water is pumped from the only aquifer for miles around. By controlling the essentials, the Citadel and its allies, »
- Michelle McCue
Junkie Xl (Tom Holkenborg), the founder of Nerve and part of a new breed of film composers that merges electronic with symphonic ("Divergent," "300: Rise of an Empire"), found the perfect blend for George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road." Think rock opera meets "Vertigo." It's this high-octane, retro revitalization that has also landed him "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (he's scoring the Dark Knight in contrast to Hans Zimmer's Man of Steel) and the remake of Kathryn Bigelow's iconic "Point Break" thriller. In fact, it's all about going to musical extremes for Holkenborg: "It's an extraordinary world that [George] created and it needs something that's so crazy. At the same time, there are parts of the movie where all madness, all that gruesome dictatorship disappears and we are left with five people that come together with human interactions that we would now see as normal in our world. »
- Bill Desowitz
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back next year with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel.
Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
Batman will be older and more grizzled...
Hollywood has traditionally cast a thirtysomething as the Caped Crusader, but Ben Affleck is a little more experienced than those who've come before. The idea of bringing in an older Bruce Wayne should create an interesting dynamic between Batman and the younger Superman (a returning Henry Cavill), which is something Snyder has discussed when addressing Affleck's casting.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," he commented. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the »
It's because of movies like Mad Max: Fury Road that movie theaters were invented. This is sheer spectacle at its best as George Miller revisits a character he first brought to life on the big screen in 1979 and last visited 30 years ago. With the help of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and some of the most face-melting practical effects and stunts you'll see on the big screen this year or any year, Miller has crafted a big budget feature with narrative oomph and visual "Wow!" You don't need to have seen or even be aware of Miller's previous Mad Max films to dive headlong into Fury Road. An attempt is made to give newcomers to the franchise some idea of what has come to pass with Hardy, as the titular Max, providing an opening voice over amid images of apocalyptic death and destruction. However, the burnt orange, scorched landscape is »
- Brad Brevet
Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Thirty years have passed since our last visit to George Miller’s sun-scorched post-apocalyptic wasteland, and yet “worth the wait” still seems a puny response to the two hours of ferocious, unfettered B-movie bliss offered by “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The sort of exhilarating gonzo entertainment that makes even the nuttier “Fast and Furious” movies look like Autopia test drives, this expertly souped-up return to Max Rockatansky’s world of “fire and blood” finds Tom Hardy confidently donning Mel Gibson’s well-worn leather chaps. Still, the tersely magnetic British star turns out to be less of a revelation than his glowering co-lead, Charlize Theron, decisively claiming her place (with apologies to Tina Turner) as the most indelible female presence in this gas-guzzling, testosterone-fueled universe. It remains to be seen whether Theron will boost distaff turnout for Warner Bros.’ heavily marketed May 15 release, but either way, word-of-mouth excitement over the film »
- Justin Chang
We've just learned the exhilarating news that "Survivor" has posted a list of 32 potential veterans who are eligible to come back for a "Second Chance" season. Does the name "Kelly Wiglesworth" still send shivers of excitement through your spine as if reality TV is a new and burgeoning genre full of utopian possibilities, including Richard Hatch's financial stability? Well, it should. It's hard to pick the absolute best reality contestant who didn't win his/her particular season. Parvati comes to mind during the season of Sandra's second victory, but it's almost never the #1 player who wins that show. I think you have to look at "American Idol" for the greatest competitors who never became voter favorites. I'm a big fan of season 9 tenth-place finisher Didi Benami, season seven star Carly Smithson, and -- my #1 favorite contestant ever -- season six third-place finisher Melinda Doolittle. She took the soppiest »
- Louis Virtel
The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »
- Drew McWeeny
Last week at CinemaCon, I landed a few minutes with Tom Hardy on the red carpet before the Warner Bros. presentation. He was in Las Vegas to help promote George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. As you’ve seen in the trailers, Fury Road looks incredible and I cannot wait to see the finished film. During the interview Hardy talked about the experience of making Mad Max, his reaction to the finished film, the worst job he’s ever had, what it’s been like shooting Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant in remote Canada, his reaction to seeing the first 20 minutes of the film, the status of the Splinter Cell movie, and more. Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15th. Look for more on Mad Max soon. [complextv contentid="txcWh0dDoB-wiW6rpjfKNJoqTXsH0mhD" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Tom Hardy: He says hi to some friends. Has he seen the finished version of Mad Max: Fury Road? Has »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie Xl provides the score for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action-thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult.
Directed by Oscar winner George Miller, the mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, Fury Road is a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiosa (Theron), to try and survive a high-octane Road War.
The film opens in theaters worldwide May 15, 2015, and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” original motion picture soundtrack will be available on WaterTower Music on May 12, 2015, and is now available for preorder on Amazon and iTunes.
- Michelle McCue
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