This is a trailer that ought to send the Road Warrior's return to the top of your summer must-see list, past even Avengers: Age of Ultron or any other event movie.
From the opening frames, these two-and-a-half minutes are hauling ass in the midst of a chase, a chase that only gets bigger and more awesome as the trailer trucks along, following Tom Hardy as the strong, silent, grizzled Max Rockatansky, one of the few good men roaming a stunning post-apocalyptic wasteland.
We've heard repeatedly that George Miller, the man who created the Mad Max series decades ago, made Fury Road a non-stop action scene, one short on dialogue, long on stunning stuntwork, and even longer on over the top flourishes. We heard that, yes, but there's a difference between hearing and really seeing. Nothing we'd heard could prepare us for a freak with a flame-spitting guitar and a wall of amps mounted to the roof of a car, for example.
“I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” Miller explained back in the dog days of summer. “In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.”
Taking up the mantle of Mel Gibson's original Max, Hardy carries this sequel as the blacktop warrior, even though he only has about sixteen lines of dialogue in the whole thing.
Doing a lot more talking is Charlize Theron as the indomitable Furiosa. Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Josh Helman, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, and Megan Gale also lend some crazy/beauty to the supporting cast, while Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the original Mad Max, is the villainous Immortan Joe here. His voice, as you heard in the trailer, is truly fearsome and wonderful.
After years and years of false starts and frustrated hopes, Mad Max: Fury Road is almost here. It's hard to believe, but this R-rated hunk of crazy hits theaters in 2D and 3D on May 15th.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.