Director: George Miller
Writers: James McCausland (screenplay), George Miller (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne | See full cast and crew
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A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie, where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system. Leather clad Max Rockatansky husband, father and cop turns judge, juror and executioner after his best friend, wife and baby are killed. Here we see the final days of normality of a man who had everything to live for, and his slip into the abyss of madness. Mad Max is the antihero on the road to vengeance and oblivion. Written by Cinema_Fan
not seeing it for about seven years, I just saw it on DVD for the first
time. I remembered it as an exciting near-chaos-future adventure with
highway cops in muscle cars and one insane biker gang. It's great how it
keeps on standing the test of time. High speed and raw power are of
every age, past and future. The way the highway action is shot in this
movie simply stays exhilarating, putting it in the top ranking of best
high-speed-chase movies ever. Seeing the camera follow the highway
marker at high speed, along with the sound of a bike- or V8-engine
delivers a Mad and chaotic but really cool result. The pace of the movie
remains considerably high, without many slow moments.
Mad Max Movie Reviews
Some aspects of the movie have (understandably) dated. Obviously the 70's clothing and hair styles. Sometimes the acting is a little over the top, and some characters could come directly from a comic book. And of course the story is not that deep or difficult. It's partly action-thriller, partly science fiction adventure. All weaknesses are covered and compensated by lots of a-moral fun though.
At the heart of this one of a kind look movie, there is a hero character named Max. This speed-demon-cop is at the top of his game on the highway, ruthlessly dealing with maniacs ravaging his jurisdiction. But he is also a happy family man with his wife and son. This duality makes the character human, timeless and very memorable. In some scenes you can clearly see Mel Gibson was only just getting into acting. For a rookie he was doing a good job nonetheless.
Others strengths lie within the scary nature of the biker gang. An extravagant rag-tag band of maniacs, led by the iconic villain The ToeCutter. To this day, their actions remain tough and very disturbing. It will have you staring at the screen dead serious, making Max' battle against them even more gratifying.
There is much to say about this movie, but first and foremost it is a must see. A cult classic still as enjoyable as it was nearly 30 years ago.