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In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family, and makes 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…
I am led to believe that I have the DVD of this film with the questionable American dubbing of every character but Max, which completely took me out of the experience.
That said, I still don't get it. If there was something actually resembling a story, who knows.
Great movie if you love crazy action/explosions, Mel Gibson's Aussie acsent, and absolutely zero storyline whatsoever.
There is barley a story in this movie. The bad guys are maniacs for some reason (to be bad guys) and Max's wife is always running willy-nilly to put herself into trouble. The only redeeming qualities this movie has and the reason it has became such a cult-classic film is because of the new dystopian concepts and the top-knotch action sequences.
Moves with a real energy but the Toecutter was awful
Estaban borrachos, pero tiene su aquel.
Had to read the wiki to understand what I watched
I've always felt this film is a classic example of a debut director trying to cram everything in to his/her first feature because they know full well that the chance may never come again and they might well not get to make another. Every scene in Mad Max feels like it has come out of an entirely different genre: there's the gentle romantic movie, the cop movie, the Western, the juvenile delinquent flick, the road movie, the dystopian sci-fi film, the backwoods slasher, the revenge picture ... all are stitched together by the low budget kinetic grit in a bunch of superb action sequences. Brian May's score convincingly adapts itself everytime to the tone of the genre being attempted, and…
This movie is terrible, in the funniest, best way possible.
I cant believe how bad this is compared to fury road like seriously
Figured this is how I'm going to make a general comeback towards the Letterboxd community. For those who've written a…
70 of my favorite movies from the 70s. In some sort of order.
One day, I'll watch The Godfather: Part…