AS SEQUELS GO? Visually and auditorily as good as the others. Narratively, it’s close. The script starts with a bang. No letting up after that. Just a few chances to breathe. PHOTO COURTESY OF NNPA

Wow. It’s a rebirth. There’s a new badass. It’s a phoenix.

In 1979, Australian director George Miller introduced the post-apocalyptic and eerily dystopian action film “Mad Max” to audiences around the world. Forty-five years later he’s resurrecting the saga and has created a new storyline that’s as worthy as all the others in: “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981), “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015).

Fans of this timeless, enduring allegory will wonder if this latest epic could be as good as the others. Visually and auditorily, yes. Narratively, it’s close.

Miller wisely reassembles the tech team that won Oscars for their work on “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel (editor), Jenny Beavan (costume designer), Colin Gibson (production designer), Lesley Vanderwalt (makeup and hairstyling) and Ben Osmo (sound editor).

The rest of the stellar creative team is equally up to the challenge: composer Tom Holkenborg, cinematographer Simon Duggan (“The Great Gatsby”), supervising sound editor Robert Mackenzie, co-editor Eliot Knapman, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and supervising colorist Eric Whipp.

The debt Miller and the audience owe to the sound and visual crews is evident in every frame – start to finish.

The mesmerizing beige, mushroom, copper, brown color palette. Barren landscapes for as far as the eye can see. The steel gray and silver vehicles.

Costumes and sets that look like they were stolen from the Metropolitan Opera House, that’s if The Met ever staged a post-civ production.

The lighting, in interiors and on exteriors is eerie, haunting or exquisite. The outposts look like society has crumbled into villages filled with marauders ruled by tyrants.

You can’t take your eyes off the screen; the footage controls your gaze.

She was a little girl when she first encountered the devilishly crude men who were part of the Biker Horde, led by the very treacherous Warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”). Years went by and her entanglement with the gang pulled her into a range war between other malicious fiefdoms in the immense Wasteland. A vast, arid landscape in the Australian wilderness where food, water, ammu-must become a warrior to survive. Though that isn’t as important to her as finding her way back to the verdant hidden oasis of Green Place of Many Mothers. A place of abundance where she was born and still longs for with her every breath. She’ll get there. Her mother’s last words are her driving force. “Whatever you have to do. However long it takes. Promise me you’ll find your way home.”

Miller and co-writer Nico Lathouris (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) have accomplished what the filmmakers of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” could not. They’ve kept their franchise alive by taking an old setup, refreshing it with new distinctive characters, stunning vistas and a fascinating storyline. They’ve picked a worthy protagonist, Astounding chase and fight scenes are a key part of this chapter too, but not in the non-stop way showcased in previous episodes. The cast ventures off road to places like Citadel, Gas Town and Bullet Farm. Outposts so bizarre whole movies could be filmed on their premises alone. With the aide of action designer Guy Norris, and stuntpeople galore, the turmoil is well measured throughout with just a few strategic lulls. Fights, explosions, arrows, snipers, dogged pursuits, turboboosted cargo trucks, speedy motorcycles, parachutists, hang gliders. Is the action on view as mindboggling as that in the other “Mad Maxes”? Maybe not as consistently frenzied. However, the vision of Dementus riding a chariot pulled by has something to prove. She’s more than ready to lead this renaissance. Hemsworth could be her demonic, stone-in-her-shoe rival for an eternity. He’s bold, brassy and over the top in a theatrical way. Supporting characters, from Charlee Fraser as Furiosa’s courageous mom to Lachy Hulme as warlord Immortan Joe of the Citadel, add certain power to the mix.

Try as you may, you won’t be able to fathom where this storyline leads. In that way, Miller is ingenious. Able to keep moviegoers guessing for two and-a-half-hours. Not a wasted moment. Not an inkling who will survive. Stay until the unpredictable finale. A transitory conclusion. It’s a wow moment. A fitting coda to a surprisingly good rebirth. A rapturous phoenix.