Have you seen the progressive mega-action road warrior saga, Mad Max? They just released the latest installment of the film with stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Let's just say Beirut would make an excellent setting for the sequel to George Miller’s 1979 post-apocalyptic action classic. As it stands, within the last two weeks the post-apocalypse has already come and gone in Lebanon. Consider the following similarities between the movie and our real-life Mad Max nation:


No president for more than a year.


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No functioning Cabinet.

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Burning garbage everywhere.


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Monstrous erections of miscellaneous architecture (Ecochard’s words) further browned, beaten and bullet-riddled through successive bursts of haphazard violence.



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Smaller communities essentially turning inwards upon themselves for self-preservation.

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Gender inequality.


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Highways to hell.
Lebanon’s wildly serpentine roads, hairpin mountain turns, landslide-valleys, geometrically fractal deviations, highways that fold back on themselves, bridges that spring out of the middle of thoroughfares or lead to nowhere in particular... it’s all practically a film set 50 years in the making.





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Colorful extras.
Ten minutes in Beirut Souks or Mar Mikhael would provide ample diversity of bizarre-looking fashion mutants to populate the fillers of the film. Hipsters...

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Goddesses…

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Neo-Ninjas…

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Freaks…


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Not to forget the comparable scenes of Apocalypse…


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At least twice…

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And last but not least, road warriors aplenty, and modified vehicles, without which the franchise would not hold water.





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