Most things have been quiet on the Mad Max: Fury Road front ever since it started production way back in 2012. This fourth chapter in the post-apocalyptic saga had trouble getting started after it was delayed due to a natural disaster in Australia. And then after filming was completed, a lengthy post-production process was set into motion. A lot of longtime fans simply wrote the sequel off, because they had other movies to worry about. Now, we're starting to hear some very positive buzz coming out of an early test screening that took place last night. Though, there are also some naysayers in the mix.

But first, we have a brand new synopsis that sheds some light on the story behind what is considered more of a direct continuation of the previous three films, with Tom Hardy taking over the role of Mad Max Rockatansky from original star Mel Gibson. This is not a reboot.

Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller 's Mad Max/The Road Warrior franchise co-written and directed by George Miller.

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The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order... There's Max (played by Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And... Furiosa (played Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

The early test screening held last night was the first time anyone has seen this sequel, which is starting to gain a bit of anticipation now that we know it actually exists.

AFT has a review of Mad Max: Fury Road, even though they were sworn to secrecy and signed an embargo that promised they wouldn't talk about the film. Of course, Warner Bros. probably doesn't mind, as this guy has mostly great things to say about the movie.

"This IS the kind of Mad Max/The Road Warrior on steroids, go-big-or-go-home, bug-nuts crazy, toss-you-in-the-deep-end mythology and put-it-all-out-there-in-case-we-never-make-another-one Mad Max: Fury Road.

This movie feels like thirty years of George Miller holding in passion for a world that he built so long ago, exploding on the screen. You, remember the third act of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the bad-ass truck chase that is still hailed as a masterpiece of filmmaking? You do? Good.

Because that's what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of George Miller's post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland. It opens up and hardly slows down."

We also have this positive tweet from someone else who was in the audience:

Another test screening audience member named Kevin Craig West had this to say:

"Just came from a year in advance screening of Mad Max: Fury Road. Weird to not see Mel Gibson as Max but Tom Hardy holds it down just fine. Great action sequences and amazing post apocalyptic vehicles and costuming with awesome makeup.

And now for the naysayers. It seems some people didn't like the movie. Collider sent out this tweet:

And one of their readers sent this in:

"Just saw a Mad Max advance screening. I can't say much about it but let's just hope they do tons of re-shoots before it's released next year, or start again from scratch. Also Tom Hardy can't stop doing the Bane voice. So annoying."

So, we get the very good and the somewhat annoyed. We must remember that none of these are official reviews, and that the movie still has a year before it hits theaters. It's obviously not a finished work. How about you? Are you at least a little excited about Mad Max: Fury Road now?

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