‘Fury Road’ revs up the ‘Mad Max’ mythology

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but the dangerous desert Wasteland of Mad Max: Fury Roadis just fine.

Director George Miller builds a colorful environment in the reboot (in theaters Friday) of Frankensteined hot rods, a cult of oddballs, one really dangerous warlord, a group of runaway brides, and Max, a warrior antihero played by Tom Hardywho gets thrown into a two-hour chase scene with explosions and sandstorms galore.

It’s a quasi-Medieval society in the future, “where the rules are simpler and much more elemental, so you can get into allegory,” Miller says. “In many ways, that’s the fun of telling these stories.”

The action scenes are amazing, the characters engaging, but Miller took special care in crafting the little details of his new Mad Max, revisiting the franchise the filmmaker first launched in 1979. Here’s a guide to the cars, characters and curiosities to look out for when heading down Fury Road

Big wheels of the War Rig

Big wheels of the War Rig

The cult of the War Boys

The cult of the War Boys

 

The hopelessly devoted Slit

The hopelessly devoted Slit

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