A Shameless Opportunity to Talk About Mad Max: Fury Road

07/28/2014 @ 3:14 pm, by Jensen Beeler27 COMMENTS

A Shameless Opportunity to Talk About Mad Max: Fury Road Tom Hardy Mad Max Fury Road motorcycle photo 635x292

Apparently there’s a new Mad Max reboot coming out, and it looks awesome. I have nothing really to say beyond that, and will argue a tenuous link to our usual content on Asphalt & Rubber because motorcycles are one of the best ways to survive the onslaught Imperator Furisoa (Charlize Theron) in George Miller’s post-apocolyptic imagination.

It’s interesting to think about Hollywood’s inclusion of motorcycles in collapse-of-civilization scenarios though. Is it because two-wheeled transportation is the best way to get around when roads no longer exist, much in the same way that Riders for Health uses motorcycles to effectively get medical aid to remote locations?

Or, is it some subliminal message that Hollywood feeds off of (and thus also helps create) that tells us society has truly fallen apart if we are riding motorcycles…much like how a movie character’s act of smoking a cigarette was used to heighten his/hers cool or mysterious persona?

I don’t know the answer to those question, but it keeps me up at night. I am the Nightrider. I’m a fuel injected suicide machine. I am the rocker, I am the roller, I am the out-of-controller!

Source: Warner Bros. (YouTube)

Comment:

  1. crshnbrn says:

    re: “It’s interesting to think about Hollywood’s inclusion of motorcycles in collapse-of-civilization scenarios though. Is it because two-wheeled transportation is the best way to get around when roads no longer exist? Or, is it some subliminal message that Hollywood feeds off of (and thus also helps create) that tells us society has truly fallen apart if we are riding motorcycles…?”

    Perhaps it is because when people kill for gasoline, riding a motorcycle with a gas tank that holds less than 7 gallons is akin to “Driver Carries Less Than $50″.

  2. Steve says:

    But they keep smashing up the last of the V8 interceptors, Nooooo!!!!

  3. Old Boy says:

    Oh snap! Another chapter in the bible on how I live my life is about to be released! Yes please.

  4. paulus says:

    Motorcycles get a raw deal in Hollywood. There are few representations which are not truly awful.
    If you need to show a ‘bad ass’… put him/her on a motorcycle.

    Although, Captain America is probably the exception :)

  5. L2C says:

    For me, this movie looks like The Fast and the Furious films with a lot of dirt and sand — but maybe those movies were inspired by the original Mad Max films? I don’t know, but I the jury’s out on whether this sequel to the originals will be as good as the trailer. And I liked the Gibson ones, the first two more than the third, but the trailers for all of them were just as good as Fury Road.

    I liked the arty Mad Max most of all. Years and years later, I saw A Boy and His Dog (1975) and El Topo (1970). Both reminded me of Mad Max, though they came out much earlier. It’s probably safe to say that both of those films influenced Mad Max in some way. Alejandro Jodoworsky and Harlan Ellison? Yeah, probably.

    Anyway, The Road Warrior was excellent, indeed.

  6. L2C says:

    Oops, didn’t mean to post that. Was still working on it. Anyway…

  7. ark says:

    The Fast and the Furious films with a lot of dirt and sand – YEP

    this is not mad max – they where running out of petrol as the central point to the story – clearly they have enough to burn and nothing to fight over. And for a production now done in africa – cuz the desert was green in australia at the time – not that many black africans people living there now (at least looking at the trailer)….hmmmmm

    poor imitation by a director that wants money.

    and yeah kundilini still wants his hand back – and also the credibility of the story too!

  8. ark says:

    PS – still good to see the interceptor though : )

  9. proudAmerican says:

    “It’s interesting to think about Hollywood’s inclusion of motorcycles in collapse-of-civilization scenarios though. Is it because two-wheeled transportation is the best way to get around when roads no longer exist, much in the same way that Riders for Health uses motorcycles to effectively get medical aid to remote locations?”

    It’s ’cause when the apocalypse happens, only the cool kids will survive! :-)

  10. Richard Gozinya says:

    Need to get one of those Hayes M1030s that the Marine Corps uses. Gets insane fuel economy, and can run on pretty much any liquid that burns.

    As to the V8 Interceptor, I wonder if they used another 70’s era Ford Falcon, or if they worked over a newer one. In either case, the movie was sort of prescient, since by 2016 or so, they won’t be making the Falcon anymore.

  11. CrisCo says:

    They got the casting right, anyway, great to see George Miller in the credits. Should be a fun ride for a redux. I kept watching the Batman reboots waiting for Bale to ask “Do you like Huey Lewis & the News?”

  12. Lenny says:

    Keep seeing people say this is a reboot. It’s a sequel by the same director as the first 3. Just took him decades to get it done (and Mel is way to crazy to use as the star).
    Way to much dissection going on about a movie that will be a two hour long car chase (per the director) with little dialog. Also apparently water is the sought after commodity in this one so I guess gas is somehow not an issue? Buy some popcorn sit back and enjoy.

  13. Lenny says:

    Oh I’m wrong, just saw on IMDB that Miller does say it’s a reboot. News to me? I’ll shut up now…

  14. amiro says:

    i didn’t see any bikes in the trailer, all i saw was Charlize Theron <3

  15. Samtasticus says:

    Looks amazing. I don’t care if it is a reboot. Plan to watch it sitting way low on the old leather couch while eating rat on a stick, drinking some moonshine with a shit eating grin. There is nothing like reliving dystopian childhood fantasies.

  16. Gutterslob says:

    Needs some Jeremy McWilliams, if you ask me.

  17. sideswipe says:

    Was there something wrong with the original?

  18. pooch says:

    You’d hope the film is more than just a collection of stunts and charlize looking post-apocalyptically cool, and yes motorbikes would be a smart choice over a V8 muscle car which aint a great choice where fuel is supposedly hard to come by…. But as one of the few Aussies here on A+R I have to say I noticed the Director’s nod to the Aussie schlock Car flick from the 70’s *The Cars That Ate Paris* – check out the spiked veedub – nice one :) Looking forward to the film. As for rebooting with Mel, I think he’s self-destructed well enough on his own, there’s probably not much left of him to blow up any further, in a reboot..

  19. pooch says:

    Actually now I think about it, you could cast Mel in this reboot as a sort of wild-ling, a crazy old hermit dressed in rags, living in a remote cave while rambling incoherently to himself – but occaisonally offering sage insight to our intrepid hero…. maybe :)

  20. crshnbrn says:

    @pooch

    Do you know the year and make of the monster truck?

    Does Australia have “No animals were harmed in the filming of” disclaimers? The two-headed lizard was cool.

  21. crshnbrn says:

    @pooch

    Do you know the make and year of the monster truck?

    Does Australia have “No animals were harmed in the filming of” disclaimers? The two-headed lizard was cool, but it looks like he meets his demise before the first chase scene.

  22. pooch says:

    @crshnbrn

    It isn’t being shot in Australia – This film was moved to Namibia, after heavy rains in remote NSW where it was being filmed, made the desert bloom with wildflowers, so that doesn’t really befit a post-apocalypse.

    As for the ‘no creatures harmed’ of course we do – but if you’re referring to the lizard, it’s clearly CGI.

  23. crshnbrn says:

    @ pooch

    re: “if you’re referring to the lizard, it’s clearly CGI.”

    CGI? Computer-Generated Iguana? I don’t think so. It doesn’t look anything like an iguana.

  24. pooch says:

    @crshnbrn

    Yes, your joke definitely did, crshnbrn.

    :)

  25. Westward says:

    @ sideswipe

    The new movie a re-imagining by the creator of the original Mad Max movies, George Miller.

  26. exnihilo415 says:

    See you on the road, scags.