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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.
"You're mad, man. YOU'RE MAD!!"
While the minimal budget and the director's minimal experience are kind of obvious at times, Mad Max is still intriguing and visually interesting enough to merit a watch. And to keep me up at 1:00 in the morning. I've seen some pretty bad Mad Max rip offs from MST3K, but now I get where they're coming from at least. Brutal, unique, and ground-breaking for it's time, this sleeper hit was popular enough to get 2 higher-budget sequels and and really-awesome reboot years later (which is better of course, seeing how George Miller has had more experience), despite some weak characters and a sometimes messy script. The movie is not as mad as I was expecting…
George Miller tem um senso fílmico muito apurado para cenas de ação. A estética delas (muito mais que as personagens) é a alma desse exploitation maldito e profético.
This sticks with you long after you watch it (mostly due to the fantastic atmosphere) and becomes more and more interesting as you read about the production. Mel Gibson was absolutely great; the perfect lead for this neo-western film. Nice cars, too.
I wanted to enjoy this movie more than I did. It's an entertaining movie, but it is very very rough around the edges. Mainly with the editing. Some cuts happen to quick, scene transitions can be too sudden and jarring at times, and it feels like there should be an extended cut to smooth it out.
I've heard some say that they think this is better than The Road Warrior, and I have to wonder how they can think that. Because it's more grounded? Because it's the first in the franchise? Because they like revenge films more?
Well whatever your opinion, I can say that at the very least, this movie will keep you entertained. It stays at a fast pace (though sometimes in the wrong way), the character arc is believable and engaging, and it has some nice car stunts. And it has an eagle (or is it a hawk?).
The final shot of this film perfectly encapsulates George Miller's thematic concerns for the entirety of his career:
A distant light shining at the end of a long, desolate road.
A masterpiece of cult filmmaking, George Miller's Oz-ploitation action classic Mad Max is a memorable and immensely enjoyable thriller with a star-making turn from Mel Gibson as the title character, beautiful cinematography, entertaining villains, fast-paced action sequences, and incredible stunt work.
Finally got around to watching this. My primary interest was in its exposing the world to Australian film and its placement in Australia's New Wave cinema, but boy was this just a dull affair for me.
A sometimes exciting, sometimes dull film. But the good outweighs the bad for the most part. It opens with a fun chase sequence, then slows down during it's rough middle section. This is where most of the film's problems are found. I just didn't find the plot or characters compelling enough to justify the glacial pace. There are some good scenes with Toecutter's crew, and various other moments that keep the film alive during this portion. But once Max enters vengeance mode, it goes full throttle and becomes very intense and involving. I really liked the stone cold ending, and it leads nicely into the vastly superior Road Warrior. Overall, I'd recommend this film to those who enjoy the sequels and want to see how it all began. It's a mostly enjoyable film with some great stunt work. But it's no Road Warrior or Fury Road. Even Beyond Thunderdome is a tad better. 7/10
I thought this was a bit dull and unconnected. I didn't especially care for Max or his wife or anyone else. I can appreciate it's a classic, but I don't think I'll re-watch it anytime soon.
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