Early “Mad Max: Fury Road” Reactions

George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” traversed a long road and numerous challenges both before and throughout production. From unpredictable weather, to a difficult shoot, to lengthy post-production and reshoots late last year.

Now though, it appears the post-apocalyptic sequel is finally getting into shape with reports of an apparent early test screening taking place last night. Several reactions have begun to leak out, most quite positive but a few have reservations.

A positive one is up at AF Times which says:

“This movie feels like thirty years of Miller holding in passion for a world that he built so long ago, exploding on the screen. You, remember the third act of The Road Warrior, the bad-ass truck chase that is still hailed as a masterpiece of filmmaking?

You do? Good. Because that’s what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of Miller’s post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland. It opens up and hardly slows down.”

The review goes on to say that there are nods back to the original trilogy throughout, and suggests a time period regarding when events in this film take place:

“Somewhere between the first and second… and off-to-the side. Too long has passed to do a straight forward sequel. The iconic elements are there – its just how they are presented to you. But it isn’t a re-imagining, it isn’t a reboot. It’s simply its own model of vehicle.”

Meanwhile a Collider source claims to have been at the same screening and wasn’t as pleased:

“Just saw a Mad Max advance screening. I can’t say much about it but let’s just hope they do tons of re-shoots before it’s released next year, or start again from scratch. Also Tom Hardy can’t stop doing the Bane voice. So annoying.”

Meanwhile, Warners and Roadshow have released a brand new synopsis for the film which also seems to confirm that despite the replacement of Mel Gibson with Tom Hardy, this is a sequel and NOT a reboot:

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller’s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller.

The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (played Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” comes to cinemas on May 15th 2015.