In fact, the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is so intense we had to break it into GIFs just to begin to make sense of it.
Mad Max: Fury Road comes to us courtesy of the franchise's original screenwriter, George Miller, who wrote and directed this new film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Miller's first Mad Max movie made Mel Gibson famous and yielded a critically successful trilogy, which bodes well for Hardy and Theron should the new Mad Max also strike box-office gold.
So here's what you need to know before we get started: It's the future. Humanity is an empty dried-out husk of what it once was, and the few remaining people that are left are locked in a death battle for the scant resources that remain.
Tom Hardy plays Max Rockatansky, a desperate loner trying to move past the death of his wife and children, but because this is a Mad Max world, grieving in peace isn't on the agenda. Instead, he gets chased by these weird, mole-like people who obviously spend all their time in the elaborate caves dug into the desert hills, before getting chased even harder by more crazy mole-people in crazy mole-people cars.
And is that Tom Hardy's neck? The skull motif reappears again and again in the trailer, making it pretty clear that the wild-haired creeper (below) wearing the skull mask is in charge, and those pale mole-people above are his loyal followers (shiver). No wonder Hardy is on the run. It's the end of the world and this brand-wielding crazy man is your leader? No thanks!
Image: Warner Bros.
The trailer doesn't tell us much about why or how the skull man, whose name is Immortan Joe, came into power, but it's obvious he's the one calling the shots. What has me confused is his insane breathing mask — what happened to this dude that he's got to be plugged into oxygen ports all the time? Did Tom Hardy have serious Bane flashbacks staring into the face of this monstrosity? And why is he collecting and keeping women?
Jeeze! It's the end of the world, and this joker's still locking up women and treating them like objects. I'm instantly curious about the hows and whys that led to Immortan's nasty habit of enslaving women, but I'm a hundred times more interested in Charlize Theron's character, Furiosa, who seems to be the women's liberator.
The whole movie could be categorized as one long, super-madcap car chase. Apparently, once Furiosa steals Immortan's women, the psycho proceeds to chase them through the desert with the most motley collection of vehicles and pale fighters you've ever seen. I've watched this sequence a half-dozen times and I keep noticing weirder and weirder things. Why is Hardy strapped to that pole? What's up with the spikes on that car? Do future road warriors really jump from speeding vehicle to speeding vehicle and ever live to talk about it?
Image: Warner Bros.
Umm, OK. What kind of dystopian overlord travels with his own drum section? In the back of a truck? And then stocks it with pale, long-haired drummers? I just can't even.
If the future means being able to balance atop poles precariously strapped to speeding cars careening through clouds of dust, count me out. I have no idea why any of this is happening, and it's making me nervous.
I have to admit — this is maybe the most ridiculous moment in the entire trailer, and yet, it's my absolute favorite. Because it makes no sense. Because it is over the top, insane and perfectly suited to a movie that asks, "Who is crazier here? The man in power wearing a skeleton mask keeping women as pets, or the only man on the planet who seems to think there's a better way to live?"
And at the end of the day, isn't all the crazy exactly what you want out of a Mad Max movie? I mean, the trailer may leave you scratching your head, but it also left me breathless with anticipation.
I mean, Tom Hardy? Check. Charlize Theron? Check. Dystopian wasteland full of desperate, raving lunatics? Double check. Welcome to Mad Max: Fury Road, everybody.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in 2D and 3D May 15, 2015.
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