Promo wise, “Mad Max: Fury Road” sealed the deal a long time ago. Skeptical about a reboot/do-over in the “Mad Max” series, with a new actor taking over for the role made iconic by Mel Gibson? While that might have been a concern 12 months ago, when the first trailer hit at Comic-Con last year, any fears fans had flew out the window and a fever pitch anticipation started bubbling over. That heat has not abated over the last few months, and every TV spot and new trailer just whips fans into a frenzy. So, the geek crowd is sold, hell hardcore movie fans of any stripe are sold. But the main question remains, does it translate further?
Tom Hardy has yet to prove himself as a box office draw, and while Charlize Theron is bankable, director George Miller’s admitted he’s essentially constructed a movie that is a two hour chase scene with little to no dialogue. Which is pretty damn bold when you consider this is a $100 million-plus budgeted blockbuster that hopes to spawn a franchise and at least three more movies.
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Will regular civilians cotton to a movie like that? Does it matter when you’ve got them through the front door thanks to those outrageous and furious trailers? Here’s to hoping. In the meantime, Warner Bros. has released six clips from the film which you can watch below. “Mad Max: Fury Road” screens out of competition at Cannes on May 14th and opens in theaters worldwide the next day on May 15th. Watch the clips below, plus a featurette, and let us know if you’re somehow not sold.