Spectacular explosions. Vehicles dressed in porcupine spikes race through a parched dessert. A souped-up tanker truck loaded with lithe, exotic-looking women wearing chastity belts, fleeing. The two only things that stand between the pursued and the pursuers: Solitary vigilante Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) and an elite female Imperator named Furiosa (Charlize Theron).

The third sequel to the original Mad Max (1979) opens in theatres this Thursday, May 14.

Mad Max stepping calmly away from an exploding vehicle. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Mad Max stepping calmly away from an exploding vehicle. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Charlize Theron looking fierce as Imperator Furiosa. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Charlize Theron looking fierce as Imperator Furiosa. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

It’s a road war loaded with so much testosterone that the whole idea of “Mad Max” could only have been conceived by a man. Well, yes it is. Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller and written by Miller and Byron Kennedy. The film spawned two sequels, Mad Max 2 in 1981 and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

For those of us who are younger than 30 years old, we’re laying out three reasons why you should catch it.

1) It has the original Mad Max, Mel Gibson’s blessing

A 29-year-old, relatively unknown Mel Gibson was the original protagonist back in the day. This was even before Braveheart (1995). His role as the vengeful, violent and murderous Mad Max was his first big break.

A young Mel Gibson as the leather-clad Mad Max, in 1979. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

A young Mel Gibson as the leather-clad Mad Max, in 1979. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

He was meant to star again in the fourth remake of the movie franchise, but a series of delays led to Tom Hardy, 37, being cast for the role instead. Gibson, 59, bears no hard feelings. Hardy told Details Magazine that he met Gibson to learn more about Mad Max.

Speaking of the exchange, Hardy said: “He was bored with me. He said, ‘All right, buddy, good luck with that.’ Bless him. I made him a bracelet. And then we talked for a couple of hours about all kinds of stuff.

“I left, and that was that. And then he called up my agent and said: ‘I think you found someone that’s crazier than I am.'”

Goerge Miller, Tom Hardy and Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road. (Credit: dailymail.co.uk)

Goerge Miller, Tom Hardy and Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road. (Credit: dailymail.co.uk)

Both Gibson and Hardy were spotted at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere last week.

2) It stars Bane and Beast

Now, if the name Tom Hardy doesn’t ring a bell: Remember Bane, the anti-hero in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012)? The guy who was never seen without his air mask? The villain with a brutal fighting style which saw him stomp on shins and crush necks? That’s Bane. Hardy put on 30kg for this role.

Tom Hardy as the brutally violent Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Tom Hardy as the brutally violent Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Tom

Tom Hardy as Max Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Joining him in Mad Max: Fury Road in a supporting role is the handsome and talented Nicholas Hoult who was Beast in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Nicholas Hoult as Beast in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. (Credit: screenrant.com)

Nicholas Hoult as Beast in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. (Credit: screenrant.com)

If you didn’t recognise Hoult in his furry blue Beast get-up, you won’t recognise him as Nux, the fanatic War Boy who has two deadly tumours on his neck, an engine block scar on his chest and a mouth spray-painted with chrome to show his devotion for mechanical things. He uses Max as a blood transfusion bag because he’s on the brink of death.

Nicholas Hoult as Nux, a fanatic War Boy who believes that he will enter into afterlife in Valhalla if he proves his devotion to Immortan Joe. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

Nicholas Hoult as Nux, a fanatic War Boy who believes that he will enter into afterlife in Valhalla if he proves his devotion to Immortan Joe. (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

3) It’s the first Mad Max movie in 30 years

Mad Max fans have waited too long for this fourth Mad Max film, since the third one, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, was released in 1985. The plots for each of the films are actually quite complicated for action flicks, so I’ll keep it simple. In the first movie, we are introduced to Maximilian Rockatansky, a Main Force Patrol officer keeping the peace on the decaying roads of Australia. He’s very good at his job, but decides to quit for the sake of his sanity. His famous words:

“I’m scared, Fif. It’s that rat circus out there, I’m beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I’m one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I’ve got this bronze badge that says that I’m one of the good guys.” -Max
Mad Max takes the highway in his MCF leathers and knee-high leather boots. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Mad Max takes to the highway in his MCF leathers and knee-high leather boots. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

He retires to the countryside with his wife and infant son, but trouble follows him. A gang of marauders mow down his family right in front of his eyes, breaking him inside and transforming him into the vengeful Mad Max. Bloodthirsty for revenge, he methodically hunts down each of the gang members and slaughters them in different ways. The movie sequels feature Mad Max on different adventures in post-apocalyptic Australia. In Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdrome, Max was last seen helping a bunch of vagabond kids escape a seedy community called Bartertown, where a crude methane refinery generates electricity and gas with pig faeces.

In this year’s Mad Max release, he somehow gets embroiled in the road war between Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), dictator of a citadel, and a group of fleeing rebels. Watch the trailer here:


Mad Max: Fury Road – Official Trailer by goldenvillagesg

Sources: madmax.wikia.com, dailymail.co.uk

And now, for the giveaway!

The Popping Post is giving away three sets of:
One Mad Max: Fury Road t-shirt and one pair of movie premiere tickets!

The tickets are for the Mad Max: Fury Road movie premiere happening this coming Wednesday, May 13, 7pm at GVMax VivoCity. If you win, it means that you can watch the movie one day ahead of the official release. Please make sure that you can make it for the screening before you take part in the contest.

To win, answer this question: Which actor was cast as the original”Mad Max” in the first three movies?

E-mail your answer to [email protected] with your full name, I/C number and contact number. Winners will be notified by Tuesday evening 7pm. However, should the chosen winners fail to respond by 9pm, replacement winners will be picked. All the best! Update: Sorry, winners will be notified first thing on the morning of Wednesday, May 13! Apologies for keeping you on tenterhooks.