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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.
So i rewatched Fury Road last night and have been playing the hell out of the new Mad Max game so i thought id revisit where it all started and even though it was made in 97 this movie holds up well. i havnt watched it in years soo i forgot alot of what happens and i also forgot how fucked up it is. the last 15 minutes is the Max we are all familar with and i like that it takes place before the world becomes a wasteland full of war boys and war rigs. thats all im going to say because im sure everything that needs to be said about this flick has already been said.
BUT some of the roads you see iv driven up and down my whole entire life some of the scenes were filmed on the back roads of my town
When I first saw this, I hadn't seen any of the other Mad Max films. I wasn't really big on it, but I thought it was okay. Now that I have seen all the other films in the series, I decided to revisit this, and I must say, I found it easier to ignore it's flaws and just enjoy it's simplicity. Sure, it doesn't hold a candle to the incredibly massive Fury Road, but it's a fun revenge flick.
So peculiar in rearview (sorry), an exploitation film that is only apocalyptic by heredity (the genre has a naturally apocalyptic bent, society in its end stage) and necessity (we just don't have the money to make this world look better). And yet it would spawn one of the most famous post-apocalyptic franchises in history. It makes one wonder how this film would be viewed had Miller never returned to Max Rockatansky. It also makes one wonder about all those 70s films that maybe should've spawned post-apocalyptic franchises of their own. I think about where The Warriors, released the same year as Mad Max, could've gone with Walter Hill behind the wheel (again, sorry). Hell, The Driver would work, too.
MAD MAX REVISITED
Such a good revenge film, the hardcore road violence still holds up and beats most car chases and road rage scenes today. The villains are so weird and crazy, something I think most action film lack today is scumbag villains. Gibson is good here as Max and when he goes Mad towards the end he really steps it up. If you have not seen this film then get to it.
In hindsight (having just watched The Road Warrior) this is a snug precursor to its superior sequel, best watched in a double-bill directly before its truly madcap offspring. Satisfyingly inscrutable until the very end (at which point it fully metastasises into the revenge thriller it was born to be), this is a glorious, understated start to what is, after Fury Road, one of the most explosive series out there.
10 points for running over the wife.
70 points for running over the baby.
I abide by the rules of Death Race.
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