A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Maximum Force Of The Future
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal.
Presenting a fascinating vision of a post-apocalyptic world, introducing Mel Gibson in what is his breakthrough role & having garnered a strong cult following over the years, George Miller's feature film debut may not look as impressive today as it did back in its days but it still packs in many interesting moments that'll manage to hold the attention of newcomers.
Set in the wastelands of Australia in a dystopian future, the story of Mad Max concerns Max Rockatansky; a policeman who tries to keep law n order intact in a society that's already on the verge of a breakdown. The plot chronicles his vengeful journey as Max attempts to find & execute all the members of an outlaw biker gang who…
A riveting and minimalist action film of bare-bone badassery and primal rage; George Miller's Mad Max is the one that started it all, and after all these years, It still remains one of the best low-fi experiences that you can have. Miller's directing, Cliff Hayes and Tony Paterson's editing, David Eggby's cinematography, and Brian May's score all comes together into a type of visual shock treatment. You can smell the gasoline radiating off of the screen, and in spite of some rough patches with the pacing and some budget constraints, Mad Max continues to be a dazzling ride.
Oh, and Mel Gibson is a badass.
"I am the Nightrider! I'm a fuel injected suicide machine! I am the rocker! I am the roller! I am the out-of-controller!" - The Nightrider
Thing is, there isn't enough madness to get Mad Max into the echelons of cultdom that it supposedly deserves to be in. It begins with a phenomenal car chase that uses its meagre budget extremely effectively, and ends with an equally as thrilling crescendo of bikes and one seriously bad-ass muscle car. But in between, the only mad thing is the incoherent ramblings of the villains that threaten to derail the entire film.
Neither intimidating nor scary, they are a bunch of loons that don't provide the viewer with any visceral reaction. Then again, neither…
Pantomime kinetic physical camp a.k.a. Miller Time.
This rewatch with a gap of some 20 odd years has benefited from a good dose of movie watching experience from my side, making me appreciate better just what Miller achieves here.
As bonkers as its protagonist and villains, it does a lot with a little finding action in the physicality of the vehicle driven future. It is superbly edited and paced, with an in your face score that leaves nothing to the imagination. I love how bombastic it tries to be with such a tiny budget, sometimes even pulling it off.
Miller's creativity in his shots and the way he choreographs action is fantastic and he even manages to chuck in a character moment or two to make Max more than just a hollow vessel of revenge.
This film is a brush stroke of creative adrenaline to pave a way for the further exploration of Miller's universe.
Its been years since i last saw this film and what surprised me most on this watch is how much horror is on show. The first scene sets the dark tone, a manic chase involving "The Bronze" (street slang for the police) and the Nightrider, a cop killing maniac or "a fuel injected suicide machine", that ends with a massive explosion. From there we see all see all sorts of horrific stuff from The Toecutter's gangs chase and torture of the young couple, to Max's partner Jim Goose getting burned alive (and the charred hand falling out of the hospital bed), to Max's wife Jessie getting stalked through the forest all set to a foreboding score, this is a fucking…
I don’t really get the first Mad Max movie. We’re introduced to a bad-ass, already pretty mad, Max in the very first extended scene in which he effortlessly takes down the crazy ‘Nightrider’ in a vehicular chase that involves Max speeding up to him head-to-head. After this ferocious scene, the rest of the movie seems to forget all about it and function as a platform to establish the cop-gone-wild character mad Max from scratch, as if that first sequence is a flash-forward or something (which of course isn’t possible). This incongruence, wherein Max is first introduced as a shades and leather wearing tough guy, only to then be re-introduced as a perfectly normal family man, and then slowly turned back…
Box office $ 100 million
A film that has inspired so many legends from escaping from New York via Waterworld, one of the most famous manga Hokuto no Ken and beyond. Are all films that are inspired by the genius of George Miller, The same film is one of the first stepping stones of Mel Gibson that here took its first steps into the world of cinema. A film with so many good ideas may not optimized for the limited budget available, a film reminiscent of the western genre in some respects, though too full of scenes that bring death to get bored enough, luckily poured from the middle starts to come out the true plot that keep us glued…
I guess Goose is a cursed name for sidekicks in film.
Mad Max is a bit offputtingly weird but not chaotic enough to be iterribly interesting for a good portion of the beginning of the film, but once it starts to pick up, it gets really good.
What spawned into the post apocalyptic future driven by adrenaline-fueled death cars franchise, started as a not-so gloomy future; well, it's more of the future is crap, but this movie never states the future as being in the apocalypse. Mad Max is the strangest out of all the movies, but that's not always a good sign. It spends a lot of its time on world building and characterization, however it comes across as bland and lackluster; Mad Max 2 tells you all you need to know about this film. I can't say it's bad because nothing really struck me out as terrible other than it feels like a student film. Also, it's hard to watch this after experiencing Fury Road since the differences are practically night and day. On a different note, I love the artwork for this movie.
"You're mad, man!"
What a weird film.
Mel Gibson is awesome.
The directing is very good considering how the budget was so low.
Looking forward to Road Warrior.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Mad Max is a notable achievement considering its budget constraints and for laying the foundation of an iconic and influential post-apocalyptic film franchise that has been imitated for decades. However, the movie's pacing will test the patience of viewers more accustomed to today's action films, even with its brief 90 minute run time. The problem is that there isn't much to the film beyond a series of escapes and pursuits, some of which seem to rely heavily on coincidence. Mad Max feels less like a story, and merely like a sequence of events leading up to a vengeful conclusion. Newcomers would be better off watching the vastly superior sequel Road Warrior which explains the pertinent details of Max's past, then watching Mad Max if they feel invested enough in this film universe.
I was really bored by this so I only made it about half way, my Dad is gonna be so disappointed in me.