Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Finally got around to watching the original Mad Max after being blown away by Fury Road. And, it's a pretty solid origin story. It's very low budget and it surprisingly doesn't have that post-apocalyptic setting that's familiar with the franchise, but what I liked was that this film hints at the decline of civilization and the rise of sheer madness. Early on, George Miller knew how to concoct an insane action sequence, and while he doesn't go all-out like the big budget Fury Road, there's still some crazy stunt work here. Mel Gibson is a strong Max, I really got into his psyche, and the film does a good job at progressing the character into deeper madness. Of special note:…
It's funny, but when I watch this movie with the thought that I liked it, I watch it and think, no it's not good. Then I rewatch it with the thought it wasn't good, I seem to like it more. So lower expectation is the key. It is the weakest of the series to date, but it isn't bad either. It really only pales in comparison. If I had seen it first back when it came out, I think I might feel differently. If only the whole movie was as good as the last 30 minutes.
Movie doesn't kick in 'til too late, but it's great when it does.
Considerando i mezzi a disposizione già siamo sopra la media dei film d'azione. Un mondo costruito attraverso le comunicazioni radio: George già aveva capito.
George Miller's original classic keeps its audience in constant suspense with the feeling that something bad is going to happen to its characters. The opening car chase was quite the thrilling watch and every single frame of this film is completely original filmmaking. Unfortunately, Millers movie has some narrative issues that make it a difficult first watch for anyone. Still a great cinematic classic with fun characters and an interesting storyline. I will rewatch this movie for years and years to come.
Mostly boring, with terrible sound editing. Hopfully the sequel is much better.
The only thing that I liked was Mel Gibson and the last 20 minutes.
Hmm, the first entry is just okay. Felt more like a rough draft or pilot episode than a fully fleshed out film. I liked the Toecutter more than I liked Max, and most of the first half suffered for that. The second half got a lot better once it focuses more on Max and his family. Good camerawork during the driving scenes. Aside from that...meh.
This film is overshadowed by its superior sequels.
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Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…