If you’ve relished the Mad Max series, your heart will leap in Mad Max: Fury Road the first time a “War Rig” made of leftover car and truck frames (human skulls affixed to the grille) or a turbo-charged, weaponized jeep swerves into the foreground and then suddenly roars off into the distance at a 45-degree angle while the camera continues on its scorching horizontal track. It’s a signature move by director George Miller, who gets scary-close (he’s fucking with us) and then says, “Eat my dust.”That dust tastes damn good. The majority of sequels have no reason for being apart from sequel money, but watching this fourth Mad Max, I could sense after roughly .0001 seconds that the 70-year-old Aussie director has been revving his engines for a long, long time, itching to get back to the blacktop and deliver even wilder automotive mayhem. After all, his last two films, »
- David Edelstein
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
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those sequels many were hoping would become a reality, yet few actually believed would see the light of day. The continuation of what is undoubtedly Australia's most popular film franchise at last comes to the big screen in a dark yet sprawling apocalyptic action piece just ripe for summertime audiences.
Without question the biggest plus in Mad Max: Fury Road was in bringing back the series' original director, George Miller. The director made his name helming the previous movies in the franchise before creating one of the most unpredictable filmographies in Hollywood, with features ranging from Lorenzo's Oil (1992) to Happy Feet (2006). However, no choice Miller made in his post-Mad Max days remained as standout as his first Hollywood outing, The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
- Frank Calvillo
If filmmaking is still considered a young man’s game, apparently no one has told prolific Australian director George Miller. At age 70, he’s about to unleash quite possibly the craziest practical action masterpiece you’ll see in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Daily Dead recently had the distinct pleasure of attending a special screening for the latest chapter in the Max Rockatansky saga that also featured a Q&A afterwards with Miller and our moderator for the evening, Edgar Wright. The duo chatted about the filmmaking business, the risks and rewards of doing practical stunts, Miller’s return to live action filmmaking for Fury Road and so much more. Here are some of the highlights from the pair’s highly engaging chat.
Miller on whether or not he had always envisioned Mad Max as a franchise: "I didn’t; I thought I was done on the first one, but then the sequel came around. »
- Heather Wixson
How's this for hyperbole: George Miller is the Australian Spielberg. You've got a director with a wide diversity of films (from The Road Warrior to Babe to Happy Feet), all injected with an almost preternaturally gifted ability to have riveting action splashed on screen. It's pleasing, then, that Mad Max: Fury Road is Miller's masterpiece. It's a tour-de-force film, an action romp par excellence. The montage elements are often breathtaking (literally) - I found myself staring, mouth agape, as moment after moment built into a phantasmagoria of crushing metal, billowing sand and flying bodies. Yet Fury Road isn't mere action porn - scratch the dusty surface and there's story here, albeit one that's deliciously archetypal. This is a film ostensibly about a guy named...
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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
One of my favorite filmmakers of all time is the legendary George Miller. From Happy Feet to Babe: Pig In The City to Lorenzo's Oil, he has proven to have incredible range as a storyteller. And growing up with the fantastic Mad Max series, he was a major influence on the way I viewed movies. The Road Warrior is still one of my favorite action adventure flicks ever, and I couldn't be happier to see Mad Max: Fury Road show audiences the master of »
The summer is here, and with the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World right around the corner, the heat is really kicking up. Still, no movie has had me as excited as Mad Max: Fury Road.
The trailers have been insane, and no movie in years has sold me so quickly with the theory of wild, adrenaline-rush like this one.
You’ve seen plenty in the trailers to get your mind racing, but the new set of images really give you a lot of information (I think) about how cool this really might be.
Just take a look at this one –
courtesy Warner Bros.
Sure, you’ve seen the idea in the trailer, but just the sheer insanity of everything in this image. If this movie doesn’t turn out to be the most fun of the year, that in itself will be a feat.
Plus, this »
- Marc Eastman
"You're not really in a movie, you're in George's head." In a new featurette from Warner Bros., Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and other members of the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road reflect on what it was like to be a part of the latest grand vision from filmmaker George Miller.
"From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his »
- Derek Anderson
Eager online press got a look at George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with the filmmaker on hand to discuss his return to the world of his visionary debut with fellow director Edgar Wright. The unrelenting, cacophonous vehicular gumbo, which is all set to be unleashed on unsuspecting attendees of next month's Cannes Film Festival, hardly feels like the product of a 70-year-old man. And indeed, Miller's enthusiasm for discussing the work was as palpable as that pulsing through every innervating moment of the film itself. "I thought I was done on the first one," Miller said of the original film. "Then the second one came along and it was a way to try it again and do something better. I was just learning how to make films. I'm still learning how to make films. But these things stay in the back of your »
- Kristopher Tapley
"My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive." With Warner Bros. set to unleash Mad Max: Fury Road in a little over two weeks, a new trailer for the film, appropriately titled "Retaliate", has been released.
Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
- Derek Anderson
If the name Andrew Lesnie doesn't ring a bell, his work will. He's the Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind all six Lord of the Rings films, as well as Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong remake. He also served as the D.P. on I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and unfortunately he passed away Monday following a serious heart attack. He was 59. As announced by Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie's death comes after the cinematographer suffered from a heart condition for over the last six months. In addition to their announced plans to celebrate Lesnie's work during their 2015 Acs National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart this weekend, they had the following to say: Words cannot express the absolute feeling of loss, particularly for his immediate family. Andrew gave us many personal cinema moments, moments that will live with us forever, and yet he »
- Will Ashton
Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has tragically passed away at the age of 59.
The Oscar winner died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday (April 27), according to a statement from the Australian Cinematographers Society.
Lesnie worked closely with Peter Jackson to bring Middle-earth to life across both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He won an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring.
Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015
Lesnie also had a »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
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
"I remember a time of chaos... but most of all, I remember the Road Warrior. The man we called 'Max.'" In anticipation of the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, the 35+ year history of George Miller's dystopian franchise is celebrated in a new featurette. Also included in our latest round-up is a newly announced Blu-ray from Scream Factory that should please Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross fans, as well as the special features and cover art for Warner Bros.' Innerspace high-definition home media release.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with »
- Derek Anderson
Three decades after Thunderdome, the saga of "Mad" Max Rockatansky will continue with Mad Max: Fury Road, which just released a mind-boggling new trailer stuffed with explosions and catastrophic high-speed calamity.
Mad Max: Fury Road finds Tom Hardy portraying the titular road warrior — made famous by Mel Gibson — who joins up with a caravan led by Charlize Theron's character, Imperator Furiosa, trying to cross the desert. Among the other travelers are a handful of women sprung from the clutches of the nefarious Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter »
"In this wasteland, I am the one who runs from both the living and the dead." A new trailer for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (hitting theaters May 15th) has been released by Warner Bros. Pictures, complete with a guitar-flamethrower that gives a new meaning to "hot licks."
Press Release - "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. is doing anything and everything they can to raise audience awareness when it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road and it continues today with a new trailer loaded with new footage from the upcoming May 15 release. Featuring Tom Hardy as the title character, picking up where Mel Gibson left off, as the story falls somewhere in the midst of time between Mad Max and The Road Warrior. Is this a reinvention or just a case of finding a meaty place within a franchise within which there is more to be toldc As far as the story goes, I'm not sure, but as far as outlandish costumes, props and massive explosions I'm not sure it even matters as director George Miller appears to have captured a vision so intense it's hard to believe the same guy made those Happy Feet movies. Along with Hardy, the film co-stars Charlize Theron, »
- Brad Brevet
Mad Max: Fury Road has quickly become one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Warner Brothers has launched a short 15 second teaser that is all explosions, all the time. Watch as star Tom Hardy leaps from car to car dodging giant fireballs in a few select moments from what promises to be one long two-hour car chase!
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary "Mad Max" franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the »
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