Mad Max: Fury Road Review
Mad Max: Fury Road
15 May 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Real practical effects used In the film
Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron’s left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.
The jacket worn by Tom Hardy is a replica of the one worn by Mel Gibson in the second two movies of the original trilogy. The Gibson jacket was found in storage at Kennedy-Miller and copied heavily.
Flame Shooting Guitar
The flame-shooting guitarist is Australian artist/musician Sean Hape, better known as Iota. In an interview on Vice (2013), he said the guitar weighed 132 pounds, and shot real gas-powered flames, which he controlled using the whammy bar.
In creating the look of the film, director George Miller laid down two stipulations for the production to follow. Firstly the cinematography would be as colorful as possible in order to differentiate the film from other post apocalyptic movies which typically have bleak desaturated colors. Secondly the art direction would be as beautiful as possible, as Miller reasoned that people living in the post apocalypse would try to find whatever scraps of beauty they could in their meager environment.
According to George Miller the film’s storyboard was made even before the screenplay. The reason behind that was because Miller envisioned the film as a continuous chase, with little dialogue and focusing on the visuals. The storyboard was made with the collaboration of five artists and had about 3,500 panels
Is this a sequel or a reboot?
George Miller refuses to call the film either a sequel or a reboot. He just calls the film a “revisiting”. Miller claimed that after the first Mad Max film he doesn’t really see a continuity or set time frame between the films, although he would think of ‘Fury Road’ as taking place after Thunderdome. In SXSW, George Miller also claimed that the previous three films exist in no real clear chronology, because they were always conceived as different films.
Tom Hardy also spoke on this issue by saying, “We have to take it differently as George is taking it. It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years.” On the other hand, Charlize Theron also said that Hardy wasn’t playing Mel Gibson’s character. They just happen to be both named Max Rockatanski. In fact, Miller stated with the 30 year gap since the last film and a new actor playing the lead, it was just easier to do a new version of the film without maintaining any continuity. The easiest way Miller puts it is to think of each film as a “legend of the Road Warrior” meaning that each film is a story about Mad Max that happened, but perhaps told by different people and so some things are altered from each story.
The presence of Max’s iconic ‘last of the V8 Interceptors’ police car suggests that this film follows directly on from the original Mad Max. It was destroyed in Mad Max 2 implying that both it and Mad Max; Beyond Thunderdome are in a separate storyline. However, in the original movie, Max had a son who was killed by the Toecutter’s gang while in this film he’s shown to have a lost a daughter who was killed by a war party, possibly Immortan Joe’s forces.
How could they expect to drive for 160 days across “salt”? Wouldn’t they reach the ocean at some point?
It was implied that the “salt” was the ocean and it had simply dried up, effectively turning most of the world into an infertile, desert wasteland. In the opening montage of news reports, it is mentioned that water was drying up and that it, not fuel, is now the most valuable resource.
How are all the Brides kept to look like super-models in the wasteland?
Immortan Joe takes special care of his brides. He keeps them locked in a separate facility where they are obviously well-cared for. Joe makes sure they are clean, bathed regularly and even allow them to dye their hair and wear make-up.
Will there be a sequel?
Yes. In March 2015, during an interview with Esquire magazine, Tom Hardy announced that he signed a contract to be attached as the main star Max in three more Mad Max films following “Mad Max: Fury Road”. The next installment is believed to be called “Mad Max: The Wasteland” according to Forbes magazine. An R-rated anime (Japanese style of animation) feature length Mad Max film had also been announced back in 2009. The animated film was said to be inspired by the anime film Akira (1988). However, no new information has been made since that announcement and the project is now believed to be cancelled. A Mad Max video game is also in development by Avalanche Studios due to be released in September 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
RT/Meta Critic Review
The freakiness elevates the film.(Click here to see)
An action packed, artistic, and emotional piece of apocalyptic cinema that I enjoyed greatly…(Click here to see)