It’s always a joy when an original auteur gets to reimagine their own masterpiece. George Romero’s later films were as enjoyable as his early efforts and students of the genre enjoyed the opportunity to see the man behind a zombie renaissance give his take on the modern zombie. So, it is with much delight that I anticipate Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller’s reboot of his own Mad Max franchise.

Miller shot the first Mad Max movie in his native Australia for under $350-thousand and succeeded in imprinting the look of a bleak, chalky wasteland environment on every post-apocalypse movie for decades after. Miller spent many more years directing features like The Witches of Eastwick and Happy Feet, but Mad Max: Fury Road marks his return to the franchise.

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Tom Hardy stars as Max. This version of his universe appears to be especially dry, with water being the most precious substance on Earth. Maybe I’m remembering it wrong, but I remember it being gasoline in the original series.

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Charlize Theron co-stars.

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Despite the use of big budget VFX, there’s still plenty of car stunts and explosions, just like you’d expect from a Mad Max movie.

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No Mad Max movie would be complete without a lot of explosions, and Fury Road looks like it will deliver. Check out the trailer.

What do you think? Leave a comment below. Mad Max: Fury Road is due out in the US, July 2015.


Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer from Fargo, North Dakota.