Mad Max

Film, Science fiction

George Miller's film is an outrageous exploiter drawing intelligently on everything from Death Race 2000 to Straw Dogs for its JG Ballard-ish story about a future where cops and Hell's Angels stage protracted guerrilla warfare around what's left of a hapless civilian population. The tone sometimes wavers into self-parody, and there are occasional crude patches, but overall this edge-of-seat revenge movie marks the most exciting debut from an Australian director since Peter Weir.

By: DP

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Miller
Screenwriter: James McCausland, George Miller
Cast: Mel Gibson
Joanne Samuel
Hugh Keays-Byrne
Steve Bisley
Tim Burns
Roger Ward
Vince Gill

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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This is ACTION, PEOPLE. A lot of it doesn't really make sense, and the story is a bit BS, in my opinion (to paraphrase, warning - spoiler alert: "let's all leave this town, oh no, let's all go back.") However, this is a fun filled delight for your eyes. Think MAN TRAPPED ONTO THE FRONT OF A HIGH SPEED VEHICLE PLAYING ELECTRIC GUITAR. Think MODEL-ESQUE WOMEN SASHAYING AROUND THE DESERT IN THE WHITEST PRISTINE CLOTHING EVER. Etc. There are many things in this film that will make you think, "Oh come on now. Don't waste water like that in the damn desert" but it's a fun film nonetheless.