Mad Max Reviews
While essentially watchable for Keays-Byrne as Toecutter distinctively, Mad Max is slow to start but delivers the goods for those who are patient enough to wait.
Milestone in action films quickly became the most popular movie of its country. In a desolate future, cops are corrupt, streets are littered with motorcycle gangs, but after Mel Gibson's wife and son are savagely killed, he vows revenge . . . but wait until you see the finale! Superb editing, direction by George Miller, fantastic score, eye-popping stunt work -- some of the screen's all-time best. Followed by three sequels.
The movie starts with a chase, a couple apparently stole a car and made havoc on a highway, the male named the Nightrider seems to be crazy but with the mind of a child, the couple crashes and is killed after another cop, being Max Rockatansky tries to stop them, the corpses are send to a morgue but are robbed by the Toecutter and his gang of bikers, with Johnny the Boy being his right hand, but Johnny is caught by Mx and his friend Jim, anyhow Johnny is freed abd the gang has revenge by killing Jim, Max scared for the attack quits his job and goes on vavcations with his wife and child but after a chase with the Toecutter his wife and kid are killed and now he seeks for revenge.
First of all we are introduce to a world that apparently seems to be crazy and almost death with few people that still believe in good and saneness, but with the most importsnt thing in the world: cars and motorcycles. Every character has especial bond with its vehicule, the bikers use dark and flame painted bikes to represnt their crazyness and wildness on the roads and Max, first uses a cop patrol, representing his rightous stand agains evil and also showing his saneness, after quiting he uses a van, a normal one, showing that at the same time he is a lovely father and husband who also lives a normal life, but after his family is murdered, he uses a modified car, with a wild style and dark colours showing his fall to MADness. The action sequences which are short but worthy to see again and again, and visually wonderful with the good guys always being focused on the center and the bad ones ... well everywhere. It has a good story, the characters are interesting, Max and the villain Toecutter being the best, it may look oldy but trust me it still looks amazing.
In this R-rated thriller, a vengeful Australian policeman (Gibson) sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang in a self-destructing post-apocalyptic world.
George Miller and Mel Gibson seem to be planning this road trip as it goes. Driven but cagier than in future stories, the titular anti-hero gets played more as a feral vigilante here. In the next two superior installments, Gibson's Mad Max assumes the mantle of lone wolf-turned-reluctant hero. For now, however, this less assured young actor exhibits definite chops but still exudes lethal weapons-grade charisma. You can't turn away, even if this iteration of Max lacks the steely cool machismo of Road Warrior. More of a cornered animal striking out, his magnetism keeps us vested, as does Miller's H'Wood-level stunt spectaculars.
Bottom line: The Passion of the Crikey