This movie has everything a good movie needs - excellent cast, brilliant directing, viable plot, realistic script and lots of adrenaline, which some might consider a flaw, but hey, it's an action movie! Still, it falls out of mainstream and not only because of tiny budget, but because it focuses on both character development and criticising self-destructing way of modern society, which makes it race to it's grave as fast as the V8. George Miller took a pretty much standart action movie plot and transformed it into modern classics, a movie which can compete with such masterpieces of <more>
directing as Apocalypse Now, Aliens, Dead of Alive or Brother. The filming of Australian desert combined with great cars creates an extraordinare atmosphere and sense of touching the eternity. Actors also did an excellent job, especially Hugh Keays-Byrne and Geoff Parry. 10/10.
If the rumours are correct, Goerge Miller put this futuristic action thriller together for something less than half a million dollars.Take note, James Cameron.I've no idea how Miller did it, but in bringing Mad Max to the screen, along with the Goose, the Toe-cutter et al, he crafted a story with an almost mythic ring to it and gave the world a screen icon who stands alongside The Terminator and even James Bond.The opening shot of a policeman spying on a couple having sex in a field through the viewfinder of his rifle, promises an edgy, perhaps deviant film. A car then races into view, <more>
tearing up the Outback at something like ninety miles per hour, and as Max and the Goose rev up their car and motorcycle, so a legend is born.Every single dollar and more is up on the screen, and while the action sequences stand out as both exhilarating, what really elevates Mad Max up a notch is the characterisation. Max is not a killing machine, nor a ruthless agent of the law; he is a family man, and someone merely trying to stay alive. Heroics are not his game. Not yet, at least.The excellent Steve Bisely as Goose is every bit as good - better even perhaps? - as Gibson in the title role. Equally good is Joanne Samuel as our hero's young wife, but for my money the man who really makes this picture is Hugh Keays-Byrne.As the Toe-cutter, Keays-Byrne adds an air of genuine menace to a villain who grows in stature the longer the film goes on. I was not sure whether Keays-Byrne was a genuine English actor or not, but either way he provides a nemesis for Max, and the catalyst for a transformation from home-loving family man to a homicidal loner gunning for revenge as the bleak Australian landscape gives way to a riot of roaring engines, explosions, and tragic deaths.The sequels may have had bigger budgets, but this film stands as an example of what one film director can do when pushing himself, and his crew, to the absolute limit under the merciless antipodean sun.
Mel Gibson was So Young, I did not recognize HIM (by whpratt1)
It took me a long time to finally view this film and I was quite surprise how Mel Gibson looked in this film, he had good looks then and still does today, but at first I did not recognize Mel in the picture. Mel Gibson, 'Mad' Max Rockatansky ,"Bird On a Wire",'90, plays a cop who is entirely disgusted with society and decides not to take any crap from a wild bunch of nuts. There is plenty of action and some laughs which quickly turn to cries of pain and suffering. Joanne Samuel, Jessie ,"Spook",'88, gives a great supporting role as 'Mad Max's wife <more>
along with Hugh Keays Byrne, Toecutter , "Resistance",'92. There are lots of violence, rape and horrible murders going on through out the picture and will definitely keep your eyes glued to the TV Screen.
Mad Max, the one that launched a franchise and a hundred knock-offs. (by Captain_Couth)
Mad Max 1979 is a low budget Aussie film that became a huge success in the U.S. because of it's sequel Mad Max 2 a.k.a. The Road Warrior. Not only did this movie spawned a franchise but it created a new genre of film the post apocalyptic wasteland/road film many rip-offs and pro wrestlers inspired by the movie and it's sequels.Mel Gibson in his greatest role in my opinion stars as "Mad" Max, a cop who has seen too much while trying to enforce the law in a dying society. After clashing with the Night Rider, he incurs the wrath of his bikie buddies Toecutter and co. <more>
Toecutter has to be one of the most scuzziest and at the same time coolest bad guys. I like the way he tries to justify him and his crew's actions. Ditto for his right-hand man Bubba. Beautiful cinematography, fast paced action and awesome stunts make this movie a winner.I have seen both versions of the movie the U.S. dubbed version and the original Aussie soundtrack . For full enjoyment stick to the original version because they sound like real people, not like cartoon characters or cheesy b-movie villains. A true winner.Highly recommended.
Max is the ultimate avenger!Set in a near future, Max, a high-way patrol officer, tries to stop a violent motorcycle gang.This is a simple plot, but it is so well done and well filmed that this movie is a real classic action film.I like Mad Max 1979 better than Mad Max 2 1981 . Most people seem to think that the second one is even better, but I can't agree on this because of several things:First of all, this first Max movie has got a very important question, and that is that the violence of today are going to be worse tomorrow. The film dares to view violence even more than most movies <more>
do today, and I think this is a good thing, that helps to make this film trustworthy.The acting is better in Mad Max than in the sequels, and the feeling of a near, almost broken down society with a small police force is more interesting than the post-nuclear situation that the second and third film tries to show us.The car crashes and the pursuit in the openings of Mad Max are truly incredible. Never before had such nice work been put on celluloid.Overall Mad Max is a true classic! Before this movie, science-fiction/action films weren't as good.If You haven't seen it, try to get hold of the non-dubbed version.
A Hero is Born in a Classic Action Cult-Movie (by claudio_carvalho)
First time I saw "Mad Max" in the movie theater, I was astonished with this film, considered very violent for the standards of 1979. Maybe it was the first successful Australian movie in Brazil, a hero was born and everybody wanted to know who the completely unknown actor Mel Gibson was. Later, this movie was released on VHS, also very successful in the rentals. Last month, Warner finally released "Mad Max" on a very poor DVD in Brazil, without any extras, and I have just watched and liked again, after twenty-six years. So my conclusion is that "Mad Max" is a <more>
classic action cult-movie, isn't it? My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Mad Max"
"Mad Max" stays to this day a striking, desolate, and memorable piece of cinema (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
In spite of the fact that the 1981 film The Road Warriorthe second influential cinematic work of writer/director George Miller's Dystopian vision of the near future trilogyleads to receive the anti-hero Max, released two years earlier, is where it all started For it was here that Miller first brought to the screen his hellish vision, where civil society is under siege by crime and disorder, with the strength and charisma of a new young, tough, good looking actor by the name of Mel Gibson Gibson was just 23 years old when he took the role of Max Rockatanskya young hotshot cop so <more>
emotionally woundedand was such an unknown star that when the film was hitting the screens in the States, the preview trailers didn't even mentioned him but instead focused on the movie's coolest and most original car action ever filmed In retrospect, of course, Gibson's portrayal of a relentless vigilante is an essential element of the picture In the Australian outback, Rockatansky is a motorcycle cop trying to keep order in a quickly disintegrating society Vicious lawless bikers and road-raging psychopaths race up and down the forbidden territories, raping and pillaging the peaceful towns, and one such bunch ends up at the door of Max's wife Joanne Samuel , and their 2-year old son When they are both lying dead in middle of the road, Max is all driven over the edge, and so starts a high-speed pursuit involving wild rides, chilling fights, and memorable fast-motion suspenseful scenes rarely equaled in cinema
Low budget classic that is now a genre landmark. (by Spikeopath)
Set somewhere in the future we are privy to a world where the roads are ruled by maniac gangs with souped up cars, and bikers that literally could come from hell. Trying to stop these marauding loons are the overstretched police force who themselves ride in exceptionally fast cars. At the front of this story is Max Rockatansky, a good honest cop trying to hold his own against the chaotic world that is forming around him. After his best friend is burned and left for dead he decides enough is enough and thinks about retiring from the service, but whilst on a vacation with his wife and child <more>
things go decidedly bad and Max becomes an avenging force of fury with devastating affect.When evaluating this film I feel it really needs to be put into perspective just how brilliant a job director George Miller did with next to no cash to work with, in fact Miller edited the film in his own bedroom just to emphasise the low-fi nature of the beast. The costumes are excellent, the cast are terrific, with Mel Gibson as Max particularly impressive, and here we have villains to truly fit the word villainous, but it's the stunts and chase sequences that makes this film a rich rewarding experience. The opening ten minutes alone are pure adrenalin pumping genius, but the film as a whole delivers a crash bang wallop punch that has often been imitated since its release, but rarely bettered, and although the heart of the film is a simple revenge story, it grabs your attention and delivers right to the corking finale, 8/10.Footnote: Region 2 Users should note that the bargain bucket Mad Max Trilogy flip pack set still contains the foolishly dubbed version of this film, incredibly stupid move from the American distributors.
possibly the template for 1000 films that followed... (by A_Different_Drummer)
The year was 1979. And out of Australia, of all places, comes this post-doomsday yarn about a world gone bad, starring a completely unknown Aussie hunk named Mel Gibson this would be decades before he became Hollywood's "bete noire" and tried to share his novel views on racial differences with the world and a hitherto unknown director named George Miller. Well, to call the film historical is like saying that John Wayne used to do westerns. Gibson ultimately became, well, for lack a better term, himself. Miller went on to not only sequels but also a number of astonishing films <more>
and would eventually pick up an Oscar; and the whole notion of end-of-the-world shoot em ups just took hold and would over time evolve into the fascination with all things zombie at the turn of the 21st century. Was this a great film? Only insofar as it is pure, the source, if you will, of what came later.