The daddy of dystopian road movies is back!

So almost every YA novel and cinema adaptation depicts a bleak future where teens are forced to kill each other? Sorry, but they got NOTHING on the crazy explosive Mad Max trilogy of movies from the 70s and 80s. (Yes, I am aware that I am giving away my age)

And it looks like Mad Max: Fury Road, with Tom “Bane” Hardy taking on the titular role this time, is set to raise that bar again! Here’s 4 reasons this reboot will be madder than the original Mad Max movies.

1. INSANE action sequences.

Mad Max exploded on the scene (quite literally) in 1979 and on a shoestring budget of just $350,000. CGI, as we know it now, didn’t exist back then, so real stunts and crashes had to be choreographed and executed. That’s already quite the spectacle with the film’s harrowing car chases, crashes and explosions.

Can you imagine what Fury Road is going to be like with the studios handing returning director George Miller a $150 million budget AND today’s advancements in cinematic visual fx? Here’s an idea:

Oh, yeah. This movie is going to melt our faces off! One gets the sense that with tonnes more resources, Miller’s creativity is fully unleashed and he has made the Mad Max movie he’s always wanted to make.

2. Hugh Keays-Byrne who played original baddie Toecutter in Mad Max is back as a juiced up new villain!

Miller took great effort to cast Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Keays-Byrne to play the kinda alluring but sociopathic Toecutter in the first Mad Max movie in spite of the meager budget. The standout performance would go on to become one of the best things about this cult action film.

And by bringing back Keays-Byrne to play a crazed monster of a new villain Immortan Joe in Fury Road, this 36-year-old franchise comes full circle.

It’s well known that Toecutter and his gang of sadistic bikers in Mad Max were inspired by the iconic literary characters Alex and his ultraviolent droogs from Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.

"I am evil and literary."
“I am evil and literary.”

But looking at Immortan Joe, I wonder what inspired this look – maybe they’re going for Satan’s general? I mean… jeebus!

“Like my new look?”

3. All the dirt road death machines!!!

Back in the day of Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the car chases largely involved cars like decommissioned Fords and Kawasaki motorcycles and the occasional trucks and planes.

But just look at these pimped up rides dirt road death machines!!! One has a gazillion speakers and another has this pendulum of destruction!

death machines gif

4. Charlize Theron. *drops mic*

The two earliest Mad Max movies were testosterone-saturated flicks where the guys had all the fun and the gals were mostly victims. Then pop legend Tina Turner’s ruthless Aunty Entity, the ruler of the beat-up Bartertown, was introduced in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, kicked ass and was a game-changer.

Aunty Entity
“I can kill you with my hair.”

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a woman who is trying to return to her childhood home across the harsh post-apocalyptic desert. Early reviews say that her Furiosa is just as badass as Tom Hardy’s Max. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Equal distribution of kickassery.

“I can kill you with a look.”

Mad Max: Fury Road opens in Singapore cinemas this week on May 14. And I’d say you’re mad if you miss it!

Are you looking forward to Mad Max Fury Road? Tell us your thoughts!