“Mad Max: Fury Road” combines chaos and beauty in the Namib Desert
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George Miller shows us once again his version of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s frenzied, chaotic, visceral, and strangely downright gorgeous.
Of course, you have to look away from the flames, the dust raised by ridiculous cars and all the crazy characters. But if successful, you’ll see just beyond the fury, which is the beautiful landscape of the Namib Desert, where the fourth iteration of “Mad Max” was filmed.
Now, before we take you to Namibia, we’ll start with Broken Hill in Australia, where “Fury Road” was originally intended to be shot.
As the report below shows, the weather was far too good for the region, so production moved:
We’d like to offer our congratulations to the locals on the invigorated new plant life in the area, but somehow we imagine those on Broken Hill are a little cranky with the opening of the movie and all.
Now parts of Australia are used in the movie. According to IMDB, production has reached parts of Sydney, Penrith and Potts Hill.
However, a large part of the film was shot on location in Namibia and, more specifically, in the Namib Desert.
It was in an unusual serenity and beauty that the chaos of a fictional post-apocalyptic battle unfolded:
If that extravagant and outrageous trailer doesn’t get you grabbing the wallet to see this movie, consider that at the time of this writing it has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
If you cross over to the local theater this weekend, you might be committed to traveling a bit further.
Take away what sounds like a ‘Top Gear’ producer’s feverish dream and you’ll have the tranquility of the desert, says African safari guide author Julian Harrison, who has previously spoken about the area. with National Geographic.
Harrison said at the time: “The Namib Desert is rugged, diverse, barren, beautiful and a fascinating place to take your children. In such a remote environment, it’s just you and the earth.
Of course, this is the case if the world has not been swallowed up by famine and general madness:
As you can see above and as Miller repeated to the New York Daily News, this movie features very real action and scenery: people and the real desert.
And if you’re still not convinced of all that Namibia has to offer, consider reading The Independent’s Simon Parker who recently visited the region that hosted the cast and crew.
Parker writes: “With a population of just 2.3 million scattered over an area six times the size of England, Namibia is vast, wild and rugged. Dark but beautiful, austere yet magnificent, it wields one of the most photogenic and cinematic landscapes in the world.
The reporter also handled a word from Raymond Inichab, who was the Namibian production manager: “Here we have one of the oldest and most empty deserts in the world. The production teams who came here were blown away by what we have. I expect it to be a busy time for Namibia.
A movie that features explosions, car crashes, and what looks like a sandstorm that swallows entire vehicles is hardly the equivalent of a tourist ad.
However, there is something to be said about the breathtaking beauty that surrounds the chaotic scenes, which will undoubtedly take your breath away.
In Max’s world, the land is a barren wasteland teeming with violence. Fortunately, reality is gloriously antithetical to this universe.
The Namib Desert is peaceful, welcoming and painfully beautiful.