|Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Duration: 120 mins
Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
The most spectacular movie trailer of recent years hit our screens on March 31st to herald the coming of the latest instalment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, the first film in the series since 1985’s Beyond the Thunderdome. Two and a half minutes of mouth watering road carnage, the first minute and a half dedicated to setting up the new story. To providing fractionate glimpses of grinding gears and plunging pistons, of low angled shots of desert gravel racing towards the insatiable mouths of diesel powered rust ridden behemoths. Then at 1.29 something happens. A moment that all trailers aspire to. The moment where something more is promised but with conviction. A moment where the half glances of a film we’ve never seen coalesce around that which we have seen, a moment that gives shape to the spectacular mythology at this new movie’s core, reminding us that this isn’t any old remake or reboot, that this is George Miller, the originator himself at the wheel, relentless as ever and a film-maker in whom we can trust. It happens with a simple wide shot of the desert terrain on fire, consumed by a distant tornado, and throttle heavy hoards of post-apocalyptic warriors. A shot that becomes a canvas for the seismic lettering “FROM MASTERMIND GEORGE MILLER”. A shot that seems to offer itself up as a metaphor for everything that was truly great about the original trilogy. The depth of its genius, the scope of its ferociousness, and that what we are witnessing here is the promise of something truly epochal. It’s still just a trailer but this one might just be worth the wait.