Mad Max: Fury Road is coming out May 15, and in honor of its impending arrival, iO9 delves back into the past of the franchise to uncover lost secrets and chilling stories of making the original movies.
The original two movies (Mad Max and The Road Warrior) are testaments to how a shockingly low budget can help a film. Without the extreme polish and cleanliness of modern Hollywood films, they felt rawer, uglier, closer to the rage and violence of the “white line nightmare” Australia’s roads had become in that universe. They felt more real, more true to the movie itself.
One of the things that worries me about Fury Road is that the budget is just too damn big. If the film is too clean, too minutely managed, it will feel plastic, unreal, and untrue to Max and his hellish world. This doomed Thunderdome to also-ran status, and could well doom Fury Road.