It’s a brave new world of film ahead, having seen the last of Middle-earth with The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies this Christmas, we have more than enough awesome releases coming in 2015. It’s one of, if not the, biggest years in film for a while with new installments of James Bond, Jurassic Park, Terminator on the horizon as well as thrilling conclusions to The Hunger Games series and, of course, the new Star Wars film. Let’s have a look at the films of 2015 that matter.
Mad Max Fury Road (May)
If you haven’t seen the trailer for this, seriously, go check it out! It’s shaping up to be insane fun, like Waterworld but without the water. George Miller, who brought us Happy Feet, Babe, and the original Mel Gibson film back in 1979, has been developing the fourth film over 25 years in which time Gibson himself lost interest. It promises to be a great story, simply told (‘a western on wheels’ as Miller would call it) and showing many practical effects and classic stunts.
The awesome Tom Hardy takes on the title role as ex-cop Max Rockatansky, offering his trademark screen presence and ability to bring emotion and physicality together. Also featuring performances from Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, it presents itself as a road movie, fitting really, as Max comes across in the trailer as being forced along for the ride. Perhaps he will prove his worth and take back what was taken from him. Word on the web is Gibson is no longer returning to the film, not even for a cameo. I smell bullshit.
The original film was brutal and ingenious, making use of limited budget and the sparse landscape to present a vision of the future not so removed from our own. First time I saw it on TV the voices were dubbed over. That’s right, Mel Gibson was dubbed as the people in charge thought audiences wouldn’t understand the accents. It’s a mad, mad, Mad Max world.