The Mad Max reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road has been around for a couple of years now, unfortunately no one has actually seen it. The film, which sees Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson in the post-apocalyptic dystopia, finished principal photography back in 2012. Since then it's been locked in a lengthy post-production process, including numerous reshoots.
Now, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Apparently when executives saw a rough cut of [Mad Max: Fury Road](movie:41445) they were so impressed they unlocked more funds for an additional action scene - hence the reshoots and longer post-production. Indeed, the first reactions to the movie have just hit the web, and for the most part they're positive.
It should be noted that all these 'reviews' are based on a work-in-progress cut of the movie which featured some uncompleted assets.
Randy at AFTimes described it thusly:
This IS the kind of Mad Max II/The Road Warrior on steroids, go-big-or-go-home, bug-nuts crazy, toss-you-in-the-deep-end mythology and put-it-all-out-there-in-case-we-never-make-another-one Mad Max Fury Road.
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 that’s what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of Miller’s post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland. It opens up and hardly slows down.
A viewer named Kevin West posted on Facebook:
Just came from a year in advance screening of “Mad Max Fury Road”. Weird to not see Gibson as Max but Tom Hardy holds it down just fine. Great action sequences and amazing post apocalyptic vehicles and costuming with awesome makeup.
While another, at Collider, was slightly less enthusiastic:
Just saw a Mad Max advance screening. I can’t say much about it but let’s just hope they do tons of re-shoots before it’s released next year, or start again from scratch. Also Tom Hardy can’t stop doing the Bane voice. So annoying.
These first reactions also come at the same time as a new synopsis for Mad Max: Fury Road. It looks much like what we expected, although it appears to have been written by an intern on their first day at a production studio. It goes as:
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s 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… There’s 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.
Well, all those men and women 'of action' should certainly add up to some impressive action scenes.
Currently, Mad Max: Fury Road is expected into theaters on May 15th, 2015.
What do you think? Are you still excited for this project, or has it simply taken too long? Tell us below.