You might remember Mad Max, portrayed by a very young Mel Gibson all the way back in 1979. The movie became a massive hit, and for twenty years Mad Max had the highest profit-to-cost ratio of any motion picture. The second Mad Max movie, creatively titled Mad Max 2, also enjoyed both critical and financial success, while the third movie in the franchise, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, fell flat on its face compared to the other two movies.
Now, 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, a fourth Mad Max movie is hitting movie theaters across America. Mad Max: Fury Road looks like a continuous, over-the-top orgy of gasoline, explosions and insane desert dwellers with access to a surprising amount of white makeup. When we went to see Avenger: Age of Ultron, which I reviewed a few days ago, they showed the trailer for Fury Road and it caught my interest, to put it that way. The movie currently holds a 9.0 rating on IMDB and the Tomatometer over at Rotten Tomatoes shows 99%.
I’ve also added the trailer for the original Mad Max movie below. It’s interesting to see how movies and movie trailers have changed in 36 years.