"Mad Max: Fury Road" is a widely acclaimed cinematic marvel, cited by numerous fans as one of the best action movies of all time, and an unabashed critical success, pulling in a total of six Oscars. The long chase scenes across the open desert, in particular, were impressive to watch on the big screen. And while the film was polished up a bit with post-production visual editing, much of what director George Miller was able to achieve in the film he did with good old-fashioned practical effects.
A new behind-the-scenes "Crash & Smash" video shows just how much Miller created before the post-filming special effects were added. It reveals footage and pre-production tests from the movie in their untouched, unadulterated glory, and they are no less satisfying than the finished film product.
Flamethrowers, crashes, vehicle acrobatics, high-flying jumps and many, many explosions are displayed with no CGI enhancement. It's intense, nail-biting material. The raw video presented shows just how gutsy the stuntmen were in shooting this film, and further puts into perspective the talent of the entire team that went into preparing the movie for release.
For those eager for more Mad Max action, George Miller is working on follow-up to "Fury Road," though it's currently in its very early phases. The plot is unknown; however, Tom Hardy is expected to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky.