Developmental hell. Where films and television shows go when the property rights or the financing or some other muddled mess causes a potential screenplay or idea to be buried. With the success of the original three Mad Max films, director George Miller was all onboard to direct a fourth in the franchise. The leading man, Mel Gibson, would return in the role as the post-apocalyptic anti-hero. But, alas, it was never made. But finally 30 years since the prior film, George Miller was able to finally get Mad Max Fury Road made.
Starring new leading man Tom Hardy as the title character, Mad Max is captured by the despot Immortan Joe to be used as a human blood bag by his followers. When Joe’s lieutenant Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) decides to make a run for it with Joe’s five slave girls, a chase is on. An action packed film with set piece after set piece ensues where redemption may await at then end for the ragtag band of survivors.
With a budget close to $160 million USD, the film was set to be just another overpriced and overwrought Hollywood CGI bloat of a movie. But with early reviews coming in with glowing praise, folks were suddenly getting on board with a new installment to a somewhat forgotten franchise. Dark Discussions is here to give their two cents on the first summer blockbuster.