“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… dying time’s here!”
There are a lot of reasons to want another Mad Max flick, explosions, crazy tank cars, women in funky leather-fur combo outfits, cage fights, toxic wastelands, and of course, copious amounts of ridiculous, over the top, violence perpetrated by dirty, redneck, post apocalyptic bikers.
Now to be sure, this movie has a few things going for it. For instance, the creator of the series George Miller is back on board and writing the script. This is his baby, I mean let’s face it, he pretty much invented the post apocalyptic wasteland.
So what’s George been up to since the he took us Beyond Thunder Dome? You’ve probably seen a few of his movies, Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2. Not exactly the resume I had expected but it may be okay. He did write the first 3 movies and that says something. I don’t expect the writing to be the downfall of this flick.
The film is also being directed by Miller, which is cool since he directed the first 3 movies and I liked those. Miller’s official announcement regarding the plot stated “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
In my book the story sounds pretty cool. The story isn’t why this one is going to fail.
Lot’s of big names are jumping on board. Tom Hardy is in the mix, you may remember seeing him in the last Dark Knight sequel…he played Bain.
Charlize Theron is in there and let’s face it, she’s always pleasant to look at, although these movies typically subsist on dirt covered, unwashed sorts of characters, so she may need to put on some ugly like she did for that movie where she played a serial killer.
The latest news is Megan Gale has joined the staff. You may remember her. She was going to play Wonder Woman in the Justice League movie before it fell apart.
Wait a minute now, there seems to be a name missing here. Where’s Mel? Why isn’t Mel Gibson on the roster? Mel is Mad Max. You can’t replace Mel! Tom Hardy can’t replace Mel! Without Mel, Mad Max is just another crappy action film set in the lame wasteland of a post apocalyptic world.
And that is why Mad Max: Fury Road will Crash and Burn.