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Mad Max: Fury Road Visions of the Apocalypse

Visions of the Apocalypse

The Wasteland is what happens when a civilization squanders all its resources, fights for scraps, and reverts to their most savage and deplorable instincts. Yay? Mad Max: Fury Road asks us to imagine the worst possible version of the apocalypse, in which people survive, but at what cost? The environment is a disaster, and civilization consists of small city-states run by evil dictators who rule with an iron fist. Oh, and everyone is sick and dying from radiation. How are they supposed to get out of this mess? Let's see if Fury Road has an answer.

Questions About Visions of the Apocalypse

  1. In what ways does Fury Road's apocalyptic vision differ from that of other movies in the genre?
  2. Which characters seem to hang onto their humanity in the brutal world of the wasteland? How do they pull that off?
  3. How does Fury Road visually depict the apocalypse? What are some memorable images that capture this best?

Chew on This

The apocalyptic vision of Fury Road is totally unrealistic. No one would allow one man to control such a vital resource as water.

We are definitely headed for the world depicted in Mad Max, given the way we squander our ecological resources at an alarming rate.

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