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For years, the superhero genre has ruled the box-office intake, but Mad Max: Fury Road looks to dethrone the popular genre. A remake of the original post-apocalyptic, epic action movie, Fury Road shows all the signs of a blockbuster action movie without the blockbuster stars. While Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Avengers crew have their own films to make money with this year, the Mad Max reboot shows no signs of giving up on being the highest grossing film of the year, and with good reason.
Starring the soon-to-become must-have actor of Hollywood, Tom Hardy, and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road looks to be what other films are not. What most action films coming into theaters these days are unable to show viewers is a realistic future of the world as citizens now know it. Being that California and other states have yet to admit to their problem, and are now in an emergency state regarding drought, the deserts depicted in Fury Road are inevitable. The true wars of current, and fictional, society revolve around the use of oil. In this dystopian future, all the wells have run dry.
In the film, California has been reported by reliable scientific sources from NASA as having less than a year’s worth of reserve water resources to use. This means no more washing cars, no more watering GMO-seeded lawns, no more drinking from the tap and no more bottled water (produced by Nestlé).
Considering this, the deserts of this Mad Max reboot seems perfectly reasonable. Once one adds in the lack of oil left in Earth to be drilled out, the film becomes even more of a possible version of the truth that citizens of the Earth lead today. To put it simply in a way that all can understand, unless citizens of Earth change their habits now, we will all soon be driving on a road of fury. A road that bears no oil unless it is stolen and killed for, as depicted in the official trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.
This official trailer starts out with Hardy, playing Mad Max, giving a perfect character synopsis for the world in which he lives. He states, as thin and malnourished individuals chase after him, “In this wasteland, I am the one who runs from both the living, and the dead. A man reduced to a single instinct. To survive.” If this is not a perfect representation of the direction in which the Earth is heading, few truer quotes can scarcely be found.
Viewers see that the main villain wears some type of gas or water mask on his face, and that his voice is distorted more naturally than Hardy’s Bane was in The Dark Knight Rises. It soon becomes obvious that, although oil creates power, the enslavement of women is what makes a post-apocalyptic settlement thrive. Likely, this is because of a hundred different reasons that men could claim superiority over women. One can see such quotes by searching Google.
Luckily, as people can see in the trailer, Hardy is not the brooding, sensitive type that was originally played by Mel Gibson in The Road Warrior. One can see dust storms, fire storms, testosterone storms and even fire-spitting guitar storms in this official trailer, and the true meat of the film is yet to come. The superhero genre has two weeks to make whatever money it can after The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres in the United States on May 1. Once Mad Max: Fury Road shows up stateside, the superhero genre is likely to be overthrown by a vastly superior cast and realistic special effects. Long live Mad Max.
Opinion by Benjamin Johnson
Viewing of Mad Max: Fury Road
Photo by Eric Montfort – flickr license
Photo by Ninha Morandini – flickr license