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Thursday 11 February 2016

Mad Max: Fury Road

Oscar Best Picture Nominee #4: Mad Max: Fury Road

What makes a film franchise? Is it the story? Is it the central character(s)? Is it the creator? Is it safe to say that all movies related to The Avengers (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Ant Man, are all part of the franchise?  Short answer is, yes.

In the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, it has to be George Miller.  Especially with the absence of Mel Gibson.  My buddies were sceptical about a Mad Max without Gibson, even though it's just another reboot.  But the ace in the hole here is that it's a reboot by George Miller.

Holy crap, what a trailer.  It seemed to be cut like the originals (my favourite is Road Warrior), and it was a ride you couldn't escape from.  The trailer smacked me to attention and I spent the next 2:31 trying to catch my breath.

The trailer tells the story of Max, a hunted, haunted citizen of George Miller's post apocalyptic vision of Australia after a rugby tournament.  Evil warlord goes after his kidnapped/taken/escaped harem and somehow hunted haunted Max is caught in the middle and brilliant Charlize Theron drives a big truck.  The evil warlord is scary and menacing, the albino soldiers are freaky, the harem is hot, the stunts are not computer generated (from what I've heard) and the pace is light speed. And the best part is that when the trailer ended I had a huge smile on my face.

What an awesome trailer!

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