Synopsis and test screening reactions for Mad Max: Fury Road

News Glen Chapman 2 May 2014 - 07:02

An updated synopsis has been released for Mad Max: Fury Road, as reports from the first test screening appear online...

It's hard to believe that after all this time a new instalment of Mad Max is nearly with us. Well, sort of nearly - we've still got a year to wait for the film, but that seems short change after how long it's taken to get this far.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron feature in the movie, which is due in cinemas on May 15th 2015. What's more, a test screening appears to have taken place this week, and the reactions seem to have been quite mixed. It's just a test screening of course, and one a year ahead of the movie's release. But thought you may be interested.

Before that though, here's the updated current synopsis for the film:

“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.”

So then: that test screening. Some reports have likened Mad Max: Fury Road to the final act of The Road Warrior, albeit stretched out to an entire film. Those reports suggest it works, too, with particular praise for the action sequences, vehicles, costumes and makeup. On the other hand some reports suggest that others were less than enamoured with the above approach and hope that the film undergoes extensive re-shoots/gets scrapped and started over again.

As you might expect, we've thus learned very little from said test screening report. It clearly won't be the finished version of the film, and Miller has the best part of a year to tune and shape his movie. Which we remain hugely excited about seeing...

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"and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life."

Almost. It's almost. In an official release. Jesus.

'crazed fighting?" "necessities of life?" "her path to survival may be achieved?"
It reads like it was written by an over-excited German 15 year-old and then put through Google translate. Appalling.

"On the other hand some reports suggest that others were less than enamoured with the above approach and hope that the film undergoes extensive re-shoots/gets scrapped and started over again."
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May I humbly suggest to the studio that THEY DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE PEOPLE!!!!!!! We've waited long enough for this to come around. The Mad Max films aren't exactly known for their character development and long, intense acting scenes so knowing that it may be one long chase scene is a good thing. Worked like hell for The Raid and Dredd.

'Member this?'

Tomorrow-morrow Land!

"The Mad Max films aren't exactly known for their character development and long, intense acting scenes so knowing that it may be one long chase scene is a good thing."

You're 100% wrong.

The movioes were always about Max himself and the kind of man he is in his chaotic world.

Also, the first movie was far more about characters than action compared to the second.

Basically, it asounds like they just re-made the second movie, and if you are fine by then then okay. I'll just stick to re-watching the original second film.

Boy, another old film-maker getting back to his old successes in order to appeal to nostaliga-ridden 30-/40- year olds.

Does anyone seriously think this guy has the same passion and skill he had 30 years ago?

Hasn't the Lucas/Spielberg and Ridley Scott debacles knows as "Indiana Jones 4" and "Prometheus" respectively shows that to be false?

Give it up. Their past they're creative prime these film-makers.

What next? Scorsese doing "Taxi Driver 2"?

Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we 'member who we was and where we came from... but most of all we 'members the man that finded us, him that came the salvage.

I'll give you that the first one did have more characters but you cannot say that any of them in the series had deep characterisation and development (and this is from someone who loves the movies).

to be fair Scorsese did talk about it!

Agree with you there Kyle.

So the first movie was optimistic hero> loses everything> becomes avenging angel. Second movie was "burnt out shell"> loses everything (again)> remembers what's important> becomes hero. They're both standard tropes that have been played out in a thousand movies. The difference is how it's done. Not many people on this board will argue that MM1&2 aren't both utterly brilliant films despite being really very simple. So the questions is... can it be done again?

Insaaaaanne!!!

"What once was, can never be again"

You are right, but look at it this way: as the three movies progressed the world got worse and worse, while Max got older and older, and his behavios towards those around him I thnk reflects that.

Dun be callin me insane, 1v1 irl ill reck ya

@pavelnedvedsflowinglocks get the F out here, and if you wanna fight anyone, I'll take ya on, biatch!!

I agree that there is an arch in MM1. And while in literary terms you are correct about what the arch is supposed to be in MM2, I disagree that it actually happens. I don't feel Max is a different person at the end than he was at the beginning. And while he technically "loses everything" all that stuff really represented was a means of survival. The story is almost Man vs Nature as much as it is Man vs Man. Max is really only doing the hero thing as a means of survival without becoming a monster. Now if we look at the trilogy as a whole, then I agree there is a definite arch of hero-avenging angel- burnt out shell- hero. My fear is that MM4 will be like terminator salvation; not a horrid movie just a nicely present but ultimately vapid film.

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