by Troy Grzych
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
I’ve never really been one for post-apocalyptic movies. For me, they tend to suffer from the Triple Ds. Not to be confused with Double Ds which is something completely different altogether, the Triple Ds are “Dirty, Depressing and Downbeat.” They leave me feeling worse about the future of mankind and myself than before I did when I entered the theater.
There are exceptions to this, however. Flicks that I like despite the D’s tend to be those films that involve a “Lone Wolf,” a “Last Man on Earth,” or some sort of “Time Travel” scenario. Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy (taking over the title role from Mel Gibson who lead the three previous outings), Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult in what appears to be one maddeningly, chaotic, fast-paced, action thunderbolt through the typical Mad Max near-future landscape that we are already familiar.
For me, Mad Max films definitely fall under the category of “Lone Wolf.” What Fury Road also has going for it is my lingering nostalgic feelings for Beyond the Thunderdome which is definitely a classic 80’s flick I grew up watching. Initially, my main reason for wanting to see this movie is to see if Tom Hardy can do the character justice after the iconic performance of Mr. Gibson, but after several viewings of this two minute plus trailer the one FRAME that keeps catching my eye is a quick glimpse of what appears to be the main villain of the movie. The pale-faced, long white-haired character with his demonic-looking toothy mask is what nightmares are made of. For this character alone, I want to see more. We will definitely see if there is more to this character and the future of Mad Max films when Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters May 15, 2015.
Framed: Movie Trailers
I could spoon feed you the same old mushy meal that is your standard movie trailer review. I could go into depth and detail describing tidbits that you could simply see for yourself by watching it countless times in heavy rotation on YouTube until you’ve cooked your noodle and seared every nugget of footage into your corneas…but that’s not what FRAMED is. A trailer is a tease, a glimpse, a snapshot of what the movie is and what it could be and FRAMED is exactly that. It’s about finding that one single shot, one moment, one individual FRAME that lingers with you and propels you to zip over to the nearest multiplex with Mike n’ Ikes and a large diet soda in tow and form a line a year in advance of the film’s release.