Mad Max: Fury Road's twisty, 17-year journey to the big screen

Why has it been decades since a Mad Max movie hit theaters? It wasn't for lack of trying...

It's been nearly 30 years since the release of the last Mad Max movie, but the long, long wait has apparently been worth it.

Reviews for today's Mad Max: Fury Road — a quasi-reboot starring Tom Hardy in the title role, as a stoic badass fighting his way through the post-apocalypse — haven't just been good. They've been rapturous. At the time of this writing, Fury Road has been positively reviewed a staggering 99 percent of the time on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes — a number that beats every single movie that has won the Best Picture Oscar in the past 25 years.

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