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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…
What amazed me the most about the film was the fact that all of the car crashes had to be taken in one shot! I'm assuming this was due to the limited funds! I've seen films with considerably larger budgets that were unable to produce the spectacular vehicular carnage we witnessed in this film!
It was clear right off the bat that we were dealing with a low budget film, but we soon discovered what it lacked in frills it more than made up for it with fuel injected thrills!
A visceral assault on our senses!
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…
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…
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.
This really is little more than a stupid car chase movie. It has a weak plot and virtually no character development. There is very little dialogue, and the few things that are said really don't have much effect on the movie. The car chase scenes were well done for their time and the visuals were pretty good but they failed to make up for the rest of this films shortcomings.
OVERALL RATING: 9/10 or A-
Recently picked up the original Mad Max and its sequel The Road Warrior on Blu-Ray, knowing that I had to watch them after I didn't get into Mad Max: Fury Road like everyone else has. All in all, although I now have to give Fury Road a sincere re-watch on Blu-Ray, I had a lot of fun with Mad Max. Jam-packed with beautifully composed shots in the car chases and a very worthy lead performance from Mel Gibson, Mad Max is engaging and smartly written. I like this futuristic world director George Miller has created, as I said and enjoyed with Fury Road. Although he couldn't go all out with this film due to the…
Well since Mad Max: Fury Road comes out this Friday, I've decided that it's finally time for me to watch and review the original trilogy. Mad Max stars Mel Gibson as an Australian policeman who hunts down a motorbike gang of murderers who killed his partner, wife, and even son. The film features great action with brutal violence and stunningly filmed car chases! Mel Gibson also did a really good job at creating a really badass, tortured character. The villains were also pretty awesome with how over the top and insane they were. Now I did have some complaints with this film, mainly that it takes awhile for the actual revenge part of the story to take place. I also…
La primera secuencia promete. Deja clara la locura del personal y la situación tensa que se vive en las carreteras. Sin embargo, todo el flashback que cuenta la historia con su mujer e hijo está muy alargado; entiendo que es el origen de "mad" Max, pero al final toda la película se centra en eso, y tampoco te define el universo ni viste ese apocalipsis o desarrolla algo por ahí. En realidad no me está contando demasiado y ni siquiera es especialmente entretenida.
Mad Max is a really fun sci-fi film. It has an interesting story and really cool action but some parts are a bit flat.
I feel like I went into Mad Max with the wrong mindset, having recently watched Fury Road and enjoying it somewhat. The vision that Miller had so amazingly portrayed in the latest Mad Max iteration was in its infancy in the original, and despite its best intentions and efforts, I came out a bit disappointed.
It's amazing what Miller was able to produce with less than $100,000. But that post-apocalyptic vision was still but a germ of thought in the original Mad Max, and the immersion into Max's motivations and history actually act as a detriment to a character who is so impressive when shrouded in mystery.
The Australian midnight movie sensation...
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Mad Max is a semi-low budget roller coaster ride that accomplishes a lot with very little. At a glance, it's car chases, motorcycle chases, and a bunch of psychotic bikers with bad hair styles. Beneath the surface, it's a very simple story of the humanity that makes us lovers, parents and sometimes monsters. The film is particularly satisfying to me, as it proves you don't need a ridiculous budget or over-the-top CGI to make an engrossing film.
The setting is perhaps the most compelling character in Mad Max. We know we're seeing a civilization in rapid decline, but why? The film doesn't offer us any answers, but gives us characters who are as accustomed to social order unraveling as we…
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