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First impressions of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy

May. 1, 2014by: Sean Wist

It's been several years since George Miller left the dancing/singing penguins to return to a world with barren wastelands, fast cars, and one bad-ass protagonist. This time, Tom Hardy will take up the titular role while Charlize Theron's Furiosa opposes him. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD still has a year to go before it's official release on May 15, 2015, but the first screening of it went down last night and reactions have already hit the web.

Randy from AFTimes says:

This movie feels like thirty years of Miller holding in passion for a world that he built so long ago, exploding on the screen. You, remember the third act of The Road Warrior, the bad-ass truck chase that is still hailed as a masterpiece of filmmaking? You do? Good. Because thats what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of Millers post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland. It opens up and hardly slows down.

In regards to where it fits within the MAD MAX mythology:

This is movie designed for anyone to step into, neophyte or stone-cold Bronze. In a world of movies, tv and videogames that have used, borrowed, homages and/or stolen from the dark world of Mad Max, this film is informed by that media and incorporates it into this new vision three decades later. There are nods back to all of the trilogy throughout, organic and purposeful, rather than placating a die-hard fanbase. Where does it play within the trilogy? Somewhere between the first and second and off-to-the side.

It's good to hear that any nod to the original flicks will not be in your face, as a lot of franchise films are guilty of doing. Most importantly, I feel that this kind of action featuring real stunts and real danger is mostly missing in the sea of CG wizardry. I'm not knocking the artsts who are capable of creating some amazing visuals on the digital end of things, but there's a weight lent to action films that can get away with practical effects and go the extra mile to do so. From the sound of it, our patience will pay off.

On whether or not the wait was worth it:

Its beginning feels like part Millers burning passion bursting forth after so long and part a gift to those whove waited so patiently for a real Mad Max movie. You could watch only the first act as a die-hard fan and you feel like the wait has been worth it.

Also reported from the screening is a new synopsis:

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Millers Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order Theres Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

While we still have a year left before we join in on the post-apocalyptic madness, it sounds like everything is headed in the right direction. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, will hit cinemas May 15, 2015.

Source: AFTimes

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10:09AM on 05/02/2014
Sounds great, and best part is, is that it's not a remake.
Sounds great, and best part is, is that it's not a remake.
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7:33PM on 05/01/2014

I still miss Mel.

Honestly I originally wanted the Wild Child to be Mad Max, like idolizing him to the point that when he got old enough he took on the mantle of Max in a way....but then it wouldn't really be Max. I'm optimistic, more than the JJ SW attempt, because all the pieces seem to be there. I want this to work so much...Mad Max is the godpoppa of wasteland epics and we need him now more than ever.
Honestly I originally wanted the Wild Child to be Mad Max, like idolizing him to the point that when he got old enough he took on the mantle of Max in a way....but then it wouldn't really be Max. I'm optimistic, more than the JJ SW attempt, because all the pieces seem to be there. I want this to work so much...Mad Max is the godpoppa of wasteland epics and we need him now more than ever.
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6:23PM on 05/01/2014
That picture of that huge-ass truck in the article already sold me.
That picture of that huge-ass truck in the article already sold me.
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3:22PM on 05/01/2014
Man, Tom Hardy is going to rock this film! Talk about great cast jobs.
Man, Tom Hardy is going to rock this film! Talk about great cast jobs.
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1:26PM on 05/01/2014
You had me at Tom Hardy.
You had me at Tom Hardy.
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1:20PM on 05/01/2014
I cannot even express how excited I am for this movie. Way back in my senior year of college, I had a 400 level literature class - for our final term paper, everyone was to write on a specific piece of literature that was off the beaten path. Most people picked less-popular Shakespeare or Dickens stuff. I wrote a 25 page term paper on the Road Warrior. I got an A.
I cannot even express how excited I am for this movie. Way back in my senior year of college, I had a 400 level literature class - for our final term paper, everyone was to write on a specific piece of literature that was off the beaten path. Most people picked less-popular Shakespeare or Dickens stuff. I wrote a 25 page term paper on the Road Warrior. I got an A.
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12:50AM on 05/02/2014
I'd (we'd) love to read that if it survives....
I'd (we'd) love to read that if it survives....
12:32PM on 05/01/2014

This is awesome news

I was also leery of Miller returning to MAD MAX, but it sounds like he's batted this one out of the park. This can't come to North America fast enough.

Yeah, I miss Mel Gibson too but the dude's 58 years old: it's time for a younger actor to step into the ring. Tom Hardy's an inspired choice.
I was also leery of Miller returning to MAD MAX, but it sounds like he's batted this one out of the park. This can't come to North America fast enough.

Yeah, I miss Mel Gibson too but the dude's 58 years old: it's time for a younger actor to step into the ring. Tom Hardy's an inspired choice.
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12:17PM on 05/01/2014
They had me at The Road Warrior chase scene. Now I have high expectation from this movie.
They had me at The Road Warrior chase scene. Now I have high expectation from this movie.
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12:04PM on 05/01/2014
Totally unnecessary recasting. We will see how it is but I would much rather have had Mel Gibson come back for this.
Totally unnecessary recasting. We will see how it is but I would much rather have had Mel Gibson come back for this.
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12:13PM on 05/01/2014
me too. but I knew that wouldn't happen.
me too. but I knew that wouldn't happen.
12:17PM on 05/01/2014
Same here. I love Tom Hardy so I'm sure he will do a fine job. It's just tough seeing this kind of a role recast.
Same here. I love Tom Hardy so I'm sure he will do a fine job. It's just tough seeing this kind of a role recast.
1:18PM on 05/01/2014
I don't like when a character created by the director/actor is recast. Others are Spock, Snake Plissken etc. Those were not literary characters, or comic book characters they only exist in the movie they were made for, like Indiana Jones. Every time you see Snake Plissken in other forms of media, art, comics, games, toys, its not just a generic person, its kurt's face. Same with Mad Max - the comics looked like Mel - so its hard to see characters like that recast - but Tom Hardy is great, so I
I don't like when a character created by the director/actor is recast. Others are Spock, Snake Plissken etc. Those were not literary characters, or comic book characters they only exist in the movie they were made for, like Indiana Jones. Every time you see Snake Plissken in other forms of media, art, comics, games, toys, its not just a generic person, its kurt's face. Same with Mad Max - the comics looked like Mel - so its hard to see characters like that recast - but Tom Hardy is great, so I have some hope for this one.
12:03PM on 05/01/2014
Hardy is going to own in this film; just like with everything else he does.

Still need to check out Locke.
Hardy is going to own in this film; just like with everything else he does.

Still need to check out Locke.
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11:51AM on 05/01/2014
This sounds pretty damn good. Its always tense when someone returns to an old series that was great. Indiana Jones 4 was a let down, the Star Wars Prequels - well they suck - but I have a feeling the Miller (unlike those other 2 directors) actually understands what made Mad Max so great in the first place and seems like he is bringing it back!
This sounds pretty damn good. Its always tense when someone returns to an old series that was great. Indiana Jones 4 was a let down, the Star Wars Prequels - well they suck - but I have a feeling the Miller (unlike those other 2 directors) actually understands what made Mad Max so great in the first place and seems like he is bringing it back!
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12:26PM on 05/01/2014
I asked my 12 year old nephew what his favorite Star Wars movie was and he said 'Attack of the Clones'. So can we really say that these filmmakers don't understand what made their first few movies special? We fell in love with the original trilogy when we saw them as children. Now, these kids felt the same magic with the prequels as well as the original trilogy. We look at the prequels as having bad acting, boring story lines, overloaded CG. But what does a kid see? They see a rollicking
I asked my 12 year old nephew what his favorite Star Wars movie was and he said 'Attack of the Clones'. So can we really say that these filmmakers don't understand what made their first few movies special? We fell in love with the original trilogy when we saw them as children. Now, these kids felt the same magic with the prequels as well as the original trilogy. We look at the prequels as having bad acting, boring story lines, overloaded CG. But what does a kid see? They see a rollicking space adventure featuring good vs. evil, cool spaceships and lightsaber battles. If you ask me, the magic has been there all along. You just need to see it through the right eyes.
1:15PM on 05/01/2014
Kids seem to be moved more by cool looking effects and creatures than actual story and character. On the surface to a child all the star wars films are fun for that reason, but if you look at the quality of the film, ie the writing, story etc, these new ones will not stand the test of time.

Best way to make sure is ask you nephew again when he is 25 which his fave star wars movie is - it still may be attack because of his childhood memory of it, but that doesn't make it better than the
Kids seem to be moved more by cool looking effects and creatures than actual story and character. On the surface to a child all the star wars films are fun for that reason, but if you look at the quality of the film, ie the writing, story etc, these new ones will not stand the test of time.

Best way to make sure is ask you nephew again when he is 25 which his fave star wars movie is - it still may be attack because of his childhood memory of it, but that doesn't make it better than the originals.

I love He-man - I watched it all day long - I have all the dvds I collect the new toyline etc. Well I watch it now and its pretty silly, but I still love it for what it was. But when I watched the new cartoon I saw it was much better - again story characters - its still for kids, but it was smarter than the old one.

Same with the new TMNT - the old cartoon was great, but watch it now and its pretty cheese, but this new cartoon is actually very fun to watch for kids and older fans - I don't think the star wars prequels hold up.

Anyway, that's just my opinion.
9:13PM on 05/01/2014
You make some good and fair points. Only time will tell. In the meantime, sounds like we'll have a great Mad Max movie!
You make some good and fair points. Only time will tell. In the meantime, sounds like we'll have a great Mad Max movie!
9:57PM on 05/01/2014
Indiana 4 was a let down and the prequels sucked. HAHA, as bad as Clones and Sith were, Indiana 4 was far worse.
Indiana 4 was a let down and the prequels sucked. HAHA, as bad as Clones and Sith were, Indiana 4 was far worse.
11:44AM on 05/01/2014
HELL FUCKING YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HELL FUCKING YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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