By Jeff Labrecque
Updated March 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

When George Miller finally decided to revisit the savage, post-apocalyptic wastelands of Mad Max, he envisioned a wild chase across the desert that lasts the entire movie. The latest trailer treats those cinematic delights with the reverence of David Lean—a panorama of motor violence that makes Furious 7 seem like Driving Miss Daisy.

But while you’re hypnotized by the frenetic, accelerating thrill ride, the clip also illuminates the storyline: An evil warlord named Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) sets his minions after Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) after she steals his property—his harem of women and young girls. “I want them back!” Joe intones. “They’re my property!”

Tom Hardy’s Max seems to start the adventure as Joe’s slave, and gets dragged along for the pursuit after an attempted escape. Once the chase speeds up, pure mayhem erupts. I’m personally fondest of the rock star wielding a fire-spouting guitar.

Mad Max: Fury Road debuts at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in U.S. theaters on May 15.

Mad Max: Fury Road

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