Mad Max: Fury Road was easily one of the best films of 2015, and one of the most stunning displays of stunt performances and practical effects in movie history. And because so much of the film was done practically, the above no-VFX behind-the-scenes video—aptly entitled Crash & Smash—is guaranteed to make your Immortan Joe-like skeletal jaw drop.
The video, which was recently posted by the YouTube channel Esports TV and comes via /Film, is, like George Miller‘s finished masterpiece itself, a nonstop thrill ride full of raucous explosions, flame throwers, car crashes, motorcycle jumps, and polecat acrobatics that are the absolute antithesis of keeping your hands and feet inside of the vehicle at all times.
Guy Norris, the film’s supervising stunt coordinator, told Rolling Stone that making the film felt like going to war, as he “oversaw a small army of stunt people – up to 150 at a time – during more than 300 sequences…” This makes total sense in light of the stunts highlighted in Crash & Smash, which include: a giant monster truck getting insane air, cars exploding near Furiosa’s tanker, War Boys leaping onto porcupine vehicles, and, of course, gigantic explosions that would definitely wake up any nearby Mad Max-cosplay naptime babies.
Aside from showing you why you should be hugely impressed with the effort and risk that went into the making of Mad Max: Fury Road, this no-VFX video is also guaranteed to make you do one other thing: want to watch the movie again. And if you need a stab of adrenaline until you can make that happen, you can always watch Colin Furze (real-life War Boy perhaps?) recreate the Doof Warrior’s flame-throwing guitar.
What do you think about Mad Max: Fury Road sans visual effects? Were you more impressed by the War Boys or the war toys? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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