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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…
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.
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…
There's some interesting ideas that apparently lead to much better movies, but this movie by itself is just okay. We don't really get "Mad" Max until the last 15 minutes and the villains are just generic CUHRAZY bikers. For a short movie, it simply takes too long to get to the damn point.
This is a great film.
A recommend for action fans.
Film #15 of the November 2015 Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Task #3: A film taking place primarily in the desert!
A badly-aged, kind of bland origin story (barely) held up by a few thrilling action sequences. There's really nothing special about the acting, story, or world here, and while the direction is sometimes dazzling it's not enough to carry the film. The fact that I've only seen Mad Max now, after watching the brilliant Fury Road, does not help matters much as Fury Road achieves so much more and on a grander scale - and budget - to boot. Still, it's always interesting to see the inception of juggernaut film franchises even if they're not anywhere near the quality of later entries.
Not a bad flick. It's a fun, dystopian pre-Armageddon romp through the beginnings of the Mad Max 'brand', if you will. Taken by itself, given no additional movies or content, I'd give it a 3, though given the other titles that came from this classic, I'd give it a 3.5, and I will. Some character development, however I barely remember the portion where Max loses his daughter. This moment seems to be rather seminal in the spectrum of the series as a whole, however it lends itself to being a rather forgettable moment in this movie. Yes, I was a little preoccupied while watching it, but even still. It was given a similarly 'instant' highlight at the beginning of Mad Max 2, which seemed to have a lot more in the way of creativity and unique concepts, however, I appreciate the way Mad Max brought this sub-genre into existence. 'Nuff said.
It's pretty easy to see why this was such a well-received movie, even if the tone and setting is so different from the more influential Road Warrior.
It's a pretty great action/revenge movie, even if it takes a while to get to the kind of violence you really want in a movie like this.
I've watched these out of order over a span of 30 years, so watching the original at the end of that timespan lessened its impact. Editing and pacing problems galore, and the revenge-inciting incident comes way too late in the movie.
I learnt more about what happened during this film from subsequently reading the Wikipedia page than during the actual viewing. Perhaps its my modern film-viewing sensibilities and lack of patience that hampered my enjoyment of this film but the prevailing sentiment during viewing was "WTF?!" Credit to Miller for the sparse chase sequences, however. That gives it a whole extra star.
now i understand why my mom said the only ones are worse then the new (in violence)
The movie that introduced us to the talents of a certain Mel Gibson and, no less important, visionary director George Miller, who stages, choreographs and shoots (vehicle) chase scenes like no other. This first film in the recently resurrected 'Mad Max'-series has a quirky sensibility, with meandering scenes and characters with strange mannerisms, which can work a bit distancing. However, when it focuses on the wild car chases and collisions, and the palatable threat to Max's family, it shines. As an introduction to the character of Max Rockatansky, and the necessary look into the tragic events that turn him into Mad Max, it does a very able job.
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