Cultural pessimism

Read “Melancholic and Hungry Games: Post 9/11 Cinema and the Culture of Apocalypse” by Matthew Leggatt.

Then watch Mad Max: Fury Road (directed by George Miller, 2015).

Finally, write a critique in which you determine whether Mad Max: Fury Road belongs to the genre of the post 9/11 apocalypse film, as outlined by Leggatt. Pay attention, in particular, to Leggatt’s claim that post 9/11 apocalypse films respond to a “cultural pessimism”; does Mad Max: Fury Road have a similarly pessimistic view of the future?

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