The turkey’s been picked bare, all angry political debates with distant family members moved on from in a hungover haze, and now it’s time to move on and get ready for Christmas, starting with Black Friday. Of course, Black Friday’s long since stopped being just the day after Thanksgiving (running for multiple weeks at some outlets), but the ethos – big discounts on everything – remains the same. Because of that, one tradition of the “holiday” has remained even as so much shopping moves online: the rammed, sometimes violent, always hellish crowds in real brick-and-mortar stores.
It’s like something out of a dystopian sci-fi movie, making George Romero’s spearing of commercial culture in Dawn of the Dead look old-hat – the violence and hollowness of it is more like Soylent Green or Mad Max. With all this in mind, it’s definitely worth giving Break Originals’ excellent Mad Max: Black Friday trailer (see above) a look.
Made last year (although by this point most people are happy to pretend 2016 didn’t happen), with just a few aesthetic alterations the team manage to make Fury Road‘s story of a water-starved society dominated by gas-guzzling beasts into a spot on representation of all Black Friday has to offer. They didn’t even have to alter any of the dialogue – that’s how pertinent it is.