Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mad Max (1979)

Director: George Miller

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Maximum Force of the Future.

Plot: In a post apocalyptic future, jaded motorcycle cop Max Rockatansky (Gibson) is ready to retire. But his world is shattered when a malicious gang murders his family as an act of retaliation, forcing a devastated Max to hit the open road seeking vengeance. As he travels the Australian outback's empty stretches of highway, he tours the bloodstained battlegrounds ruled by marauding bikers who feed on violence.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Oh, yeah!

#44 on my on-going quest to watch every film from the amazing documentary, NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION! (2008)

It's kick ass. That's all that needs to be said. There's plenty of action and UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE car stunts that put modern films to shame. Gibson is fun and it's too wild seeing him so young. In my younger days I remember this had long stretches of boring but I can't imagine now what I must have been thinking. Yeah, there's some lovey-dovey stuff in the middle but it's the quiet before the storm and when Max gets mad...IT'S ON!

Fun score by Brian May. The real stars here, though, are the stunts and stuntmen. They're fucking insane. The camera mounts on the cars, being so low to the road were ground breaking. You see those kinds of shots now but you didn't 30+ years ago. MAD MAX is a film that is often overshadowed by it's sequel which is understandable. It's got even more action and the stunts are even more insane. THE ROAD WARRIOR is a more enjoyable film but the apple didn't fall far from the tree that brought this franchise to life.

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