Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max (1979)
  • Time: 88 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: George Miller
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne


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.

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  • The first part in the trilogy was a pretty decent movie. Since it had a low budget and everyone was doing it for the first time I guess it was a little uneven in parts and that could have been better with tighter editing and more efficient directing.

    Having said that Mad Max is a good film in its own right, it is unafraid in what it is doing. George Miller doesn’t use a lot of dialogue but instead depicts a very terrible view of a post apocalyptic future. Law and order has failed in this world and humanity has regressed to its very basic form. There are a lot of very exciting car chases and some great shots of the Australian outback.

    Mel Gibson stars as the eponymous hero who comes back with a vengeance. He does a decent enough job but there is not much chance to showcase any acting talent.

    The focus of the movie is not as much as on the action but more on its characters and their problems. The fact that it was made in 1979 makes it a movie a very unafraid movie for the subject matter that it was trying to tackle. There is no safe ending and no safe scene in the movie. The family is not reunited in the end. No catharsis. The seventies were the time for such kind of movies that did not have politically correct endings . In that sense Mad Max is like Chinatown.

    Quentin Tarantino through the lead character in True Romance called it a real movie. He said that movies should be like this. Yes movies should definitely be like this. They should challenge you as a viewer and as a human being. And Mad Max does that. It also spawned numerous rip offs and look alikes. Mad Max gave birth to the 80’s action movie.

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