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There are various aspect to this. But lets first start with some possible in-universe explanations: First of all gasoline (or "guzzoline") is heavily ingrained in the culture of the War Boys. While it is more the raw power of cars they are about (with things like the valhalla spray, character names like "Organic Mechanic" for the doctor and imagery like Max ...


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Another possible explanation is that it might have been done to induce an adrenaline rush in Max. The War Boys would then receive some of the effects when performing the blood transfusion later in this scene.


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They are not huffing paint. It has nothing to do with "huffing." They are spray painting their "grills" (teeth) so they will be (as they say in the film) "shiny and chrome" when they go to their Valhalla. Remember, in their Valhalla, they ride forever. It's a kind of statement...it has nothing to do with any toxic or intoxicant effect.


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Aside from the Warboys not always being the brightest bulbs in the box, where else could they really put him? He has to be restrained otherwise he's likely to attack and kill all of them, they can't really tie him to the roof of or hood of the car as they're rather small or lack a solid surface to tie him to where the hood is concerned, so the only place ...


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Same reason we don't do more green energy today: Batteries. We tend to think of solar panels as things you might put on your roof to generate power for direct use but the real "off the grid" application of solar (and wind) has it going into a bank of batteries. The solar charges the batteries; the batteries run your stuff. The bigger your solar array and ...


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You have misinterpreted the scene in question. Immortan Joe's wife (who I believe is referred to as "Splendid" in the film) was only pregnant with one child - a boy who dies around about the same time as his mother. The man who attempts to perform a C-section on "Splendid" tells Rictus (one of Immortan Joe's other sons) that he would have had a baby brother ...


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There is a relevant concept art as shown in Abbie Bernstein's book The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road: This includes every line on Max's back. The only change is the O-plus which becomes O-negative in the film. Day 12045 - ht 10 hands - 180 pounds No Name No lumps No Bumps Full life Clear Two good eyes No Busted limbs Piss OK Genitals intact ...


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Adding to MattD's answer, I think part of the reason Max was in front was so that he'd have a good view of the action. Multiple times in the film, it is made clear that the War Boys like to be seen, or 'witnessed'. Specifically, whenever one is about to die for the cause, they first cry "Witness me!". Once they make sure people are watching, they do ...


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Should one watch the first three Mad Max movies before watching Fury Road? If your emphasis is on the word "should", then my answer is NO. It's not necessary that you should watch the previous ones before watching Fury Road. Consider, Fast & Furious movies, they've been making movies for more than a decade but each movie comes with new plot and ...


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Being as those on the bikes clearly don't have enough fuel for them to travel for 160 days, I always assumed that "days" was potentially a new way of measuring distance in a post-map, post-GPS world. For all we know, a day in that context is simply how far you can walk in one day. Obviously, the motorbikes would be travelling a lot quicker than walking ...


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Movies.com interviewed director George Miller, where he revealed his inspiration: I saw a documentary where young [Cambodian] soldiers would go into war, they had little jaded deities -- and before they ran into battle, they put them in their mouths and just held them with little straps. Apparently: This was their ritual before battle -- that, ...


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The purpose is to play the historic role of the drummer boy: Until well into the 19th century, western armies recruited young boys to act as drummers. The drums were an important part of the battlefield communications system, with various drum rolls used to signal different commands from officers to troops. In fact, you're not the only one wondering why ...


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Now first and foremost, in the movie's setting the phrase obviously relates to the apocalypse, which killed the world as we know it and turned it into the madhouse we see in the movie. So who then actually killed the world? Now seeing that context in which those words are spoken, they're obviously directed at Immortan Joe and his War Boys and the kind of ...


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He had an incredibly simple world view and goal. He idolised Joe (see how excited he was when "He looked at me!!!" earlier in the chase. He knew he was dying, and wanted to go out in a glorious way (hoping also to impress Joe in the process). All his life, to him and the others around him, this seemed to be everything life was about - glory fighting on the ...


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Schlanger is an Australian slang term for dick, or more anatomically, penis. It is similar to the term schlong commonly heard in American English. It is an ockerism, a term associated with the language of ockers, those who speak and act in a rough or uncultured way with a Strine, a broad, exaggerated form of the Australian accent.


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Just before the war boys (half-life humans) sacrifice themselves, they would spray chrome paint (huffing paint to give them rush) on their face and shout "Witness Me", as they believe that it will take them to Valhalla (heaven in their time). Because he was sacrificing himself in the last scene, Nux shouts the same.


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Yes, if you want to fully understand the story of Mad Max. Saying that you can watch any of the movies alone, and still enjoy them. At least watch the first one to learn how Max Rockatansky turned into the Mad Max.


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Now first of all, the previous movies wouldn't really clear that up either, they simply had completely different people and groups on their own, not related to the story or characters of this movie at all. The movie doesn't explicitly explain the whole political situation, but that post-apocalyptic world it depicts is split into various smaller groups and ...


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They are humans (judging from their shape) disguised. It might be because the soil is moist and there are chances of forming quicksand (quote from Wikipedia): Quicksand forms in saturated loose sand when the sand is suddenly agitated. When water in the sand cannot escape, it creates a liquefied soil that loses strength and cannot support weight. The ...


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This question is likely better asked over on https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/ My non-mechanic understanding is that, first of all, most of the vehicle accouterments in Mad Max are mainly there for show rather than practical purposes. That said, what the warboys are spitting into are the air intake valves. This is what feeds the engine its combustion ...


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Probable reason is blushing, her touch brings about a change of color. As they are war-boys, they must be alien to compassion/affection. So when touched suddenly, his face gets back some colour. And no she doesn't have healing power/effect. Because if that was so, she would have tried to heal Angharad's leg wound, earlier in the film.


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There were also drummers (I believe there were four of them, playing bass drums). A couple of possibilities: As motivation the warboys. The drummers played a driving beat, and the guitarist/bassist accompanied that beat with swelling riffs that would keep the war party pumped up. It was entertaining to the war party. This coincides with motivation, but ...


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From a post in Reddit - /r/movies by user, BigTimStrange: They're making Max their slave. It lists his physical condition, his compatibility as a donor and the circumstances surrounding his capture. No lumps No B Two good eyes No Piss (OK) Genitals intact Multiple scars Heals fast O-NEGATIVE HI OCTANE UNIVERSAL DONOR Lone Road ...


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The "Many Mothers" are actually called the "Vuvalini"... which I personally think is a bit on the nose. These ladies aren't sex workers at all, they're just an all-female (or at least matriarchal) society. I'd argue that their closest similarity would be to the Greek Amazons. These ladies lived in all-female groups and were fierce warriors. The Amazons ...


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Historically (for humans and equines as well as other species I'm sure) checking teeth is a very easy way to gather information about the health of someone. If they're not eating properly, or dehydrated, or diseased, likely their teeth and gums will show. In some post-apocalyptic type movies, cannibals would sharpen their teeth, so checking that they aren't ...


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There are four issues of comics that accompany Fury Road which tell the back Story of Max, Furiosa, Immortan Joe and Nux. In the first issue with Nux and Immortan Joe's Story, it is explained that Immortan Joe was a former Militant leader. Colonel Joe Moore, a veteran of the Oil Wars and a Hero of the Water Wars. In his party he had a henchman called Major ...


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She doesn't heal him in a direct physical way but through a more emotional/psychological way. Nux is the character with the biggest arc in Fury road as his character changes immensely from his introduction till his exit. His mental turning point is defined by the touch from the scene you described so seeing a difference in his complexion is absolutely right....


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I think maybe people are looking too much into the spray. Mad Max IS visual storytelling at its best. The spray could be their ritual before they commit suicide (enter Valhalla) and perhaps they use it to mark their bodies so they can be identified when they enter their next life. But I also like the idea that it gives them a quick high (i imagine inhaling ...


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Ok so from what I gathered, they're effectively 'huffing paint', in order to make their suicide easier to go through with. It's narcotic effects make them more willing and geared up to 'enter Valhalla'. Notice how both Nux and the other War Boy both widen their eyes and smile maniacally after they've been sprayed. The visual element is likely a reference to ...


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It is not explicitly mentioned in the movie, but it would be safe to assume that the story takes place in Australia itself, because the character Max keeps dwelling in the Australian outbacks in the first 3 installments, which span more than 20 years. So we can tend to believe that the character's fate is to dwell in the Australian Outbacks only. Secondly ...


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