On its surface a formidable, post-apocalyptic car chase movie, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is also a classical tale of desperate humans on a quest for their own survival: against their foes, the elements, and the traumas they each carry with them.
The 12 essays in this book by Matt Brown consider how this tale of trauma and survival was told: from the filmmaking to the thematic concerns, the imagery to the “how on earth was this done?” of it all. Along for the ride are the other three Mad Max films, with side-trips to Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld, each of which have related narratives about how films help us make sense of hurt, and how pop storytelling can show us the road home.
Length: 140 pp
Weight: .4 lb
All copies are new and signed by author Matt Brown.