Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Just hours after I called Mad Max: Fury Road my most anticipated film of 2015 (other staff members, such as Germain, have a different film in their top ranks) the new trailer dropped, and melted the face off the internet. This trailer is total visual overload, with very little indication of the story to come. In fact, from what we know of Fury Road, that isn’t even a misrepresentation of the film. Like The Road Warrior, this is said to be primarily an action-heavy chase film, without much dialogue at all.
Still, there are some significant clues to take out of this new trailer. Below we’ve got dozens of Mad Max Fury Road photos from the new footage, and a lot of info about what’s to come in the film. Let’s over-analyze the trailer after the break.
The trailer opens with a dark screen and a voiceover intoning “my world is fire and blood,” followed by a succession of news reports outlining some of the basic problems facing the world itself: water wars, and combat over gasoline. So: pretty much the same state things were in during the past Mad Max films.
The first real image we see is of a long desert road, an oil derrick visible on the right and, maybe off in the distance, an actual oil refinery. Or some sort of civilized outpost, at least.
The “we are killing for gasoline” news report is heard over footage of these guys, who appear to be the prime antagonistic force in the film. They’ve got a totem that we’ll see again, and their white-painted faces and bodies are seriously off-putting.
The attention-getting details in this shot are clearly the signal flares exploding in the foreground, but way down on the ground we see a huge host of vehicles that appears to be chasing one lone front-runner. We’ll see this sort of chase throughout the trailer. That probably isn’t Max in the front vehicle, but Furiosa. Who’s she?
“Here they come again,” we hear, as a group of vehicles moves through frame. These are the same white-painted guys seen above, and it looks like they’re just starting to move out. Does this shot take place before the chase seen above? Probably.
As that “here they come again” line finishes we push in on a nice closeup of Tom Hardy as Max. But is that his voice we hear? Possibly not; other Mad Max films have been narrated by characters other than Max, who is typically a relatively quiet participant.
There’s a bit of action, and then this shot of the chief villain, Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. That’s the same actor who played the Toecutter in the original Mad Max, but his two roles have nothing to do with one another. He’s got a huge group of angry dudes with him, a couple of which are holding up the same steering wheel totem seen in the blue-hued shot above.
The line “everybody’s gone out of their mind” is accompanied by this warrior, who roars and shakes a couple spears before leaping into action. But what’s on the tip of those spears?
Yeah, those are explosives; this guy is a suicide bomber. So these fanatics are truly crazy. The guy in the facemask strapped to the front of the hot rod in the foreground — the leftmost car — is Max. So this is well into the action.
The small explosion from the suicide bomber is made to look huge by a deft cut with this much larger explosion that seems to engulf a whole tanker. That tanker, by the way, will probably remind fans of The Road Warrior, though this one appears to be filled with the correct cargo.
Oh, and what’s that vehicle on the right? Some sort of truck, with drums in the back? We’ll see that again soon.
Our second full shot of Max is barely a real shot of the guy at all. It’s a good reminder that, in these films, the “hero” is not a hero in any traditional action movie sense, and an indicator that little has changed for Fury Road.