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Link to the thread on the previous Mad Max movies. - - - End of the Road for 'Fury Road' Mad Max: Fury Road, which was to have returned Mel Gibson to the role he made famous in three Australian-filmed action flicks in the late '70s and early '80s, has been scrapped, published reports in Australia said Sunday. Although hundreds of thousands of dollars had already been spent on development of the film, work was halted last week reportedly because of logistical difficulties. Originally set to film last July in Namibia, the production was postponed because of security concerns. Oddly, Namibia, which is mostly Christian and is located in southern Africa, is not regarded as a terrorist target, and no security advisories have been issued for the country. Principal filming had been scheduled for the Kalahari desert, which is sparsely populated. Director George Miller said Sunday that filming could not take place elsewhere because the Kalahari uniquely offers a hard surface for the vehicles that were to be used in the movie. Elsewhere, they would have bogged down, he said.
I couldn't find this film's own thread anywhere in the search engines, so maybe it's time for it to have one of its own. I had the great pleasure of finally seeing this film on the big screen this evening. I'd say that it really stands up for its time, but really I think that it does better than that. I think that if Miller was to have released this film last year it still would have fit just nicely in that year. Especially as an Independent Film. I think Fury Road's world building was equal or better to this film (but really the world building here is great), and Fury Road is dealing with more themes than this film. Yet I still think that this is the definitive Mad Max film. The characters completely outshine Fury Road. The secondary characters are interesting, somewhat developed and well handled, but the way this film handles Max is pitch perfect. It puts so much into him in such an effective way. As well, this film really does have some great shots in it. Some of them grab so much essence and meaning. Awhile back there had been a conversation about whether or not Max was privy to the trick and in that whether they had used him and left him high and dry. I think that the film is a little ambiguous with how it handles his response, but I also think that they weren't really trying to use him and leave him high and dry for a couple reasons. Their leader had later planned on driving the rig and had tried to talk Max out of it. They had placed some of their top people on the rig to defend it, and had sent the leader in his car along with some others to help Max. So, seeing as they were basically beside him all along anyways, I see no reason why they wouldn't have let him in on the trick. But anyhow, there were a couple of minor plot confusions on the chase near the end, but this is still a really really great film, and still sits as one of my favourites.