With this 1979 release, director George Miller -- who had been a doctor in residency not long before -- took a grungy, violent film with a $400,000 budget and an unknown star and raked in $100 million, a cost-to-profit ratio that remained the highest in history until The Blair Witch Project surpassed it twenty years later. Watching Mad Max now, it might be tempting to wonder what all the fuss was about, but it's important to remember that Miller's vision of a future that had more to do with lawlessness and poverty than flying cars and holograms was decidedly unique (and has gone on to exert a powerful influence over subsequent sci-fi films). It's unattractive, occasionally senseless, and arguably uncomfortably prescient -- but that's sort of the point.
Staging the improbable car stunts and crashes to perfection, director George Miller succeeds completely in bringing the violent, post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to visceral life.
Futuristic tale set in Australia, which has become a wasteland where vicious, fast-driving criminals cause death, destruction, and mayhem on the highways. The police do their best to maintain control...
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