In a dystopian future Australia, a vicious biker gang murders a cop's family, and makes his fight with them personal.
|Release Date||:||April 12, 1979|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Kennedy Miller Productions, Mad Max Films, Crossroads|
|Writers||:||James McCausland, George Miller, Byron Kennedy, George Miller|
|Casts||:||Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward, Lisa Aldenhoven, David Bracks, Bertrand Cadart, David Cameron, Robina Chaffey, Stephen Clark, Mathew Constantine, Jerry Day, Reg Evans, Howard Eynon, Max Fairchild, John Farndale|
|Plot Keywords||:||chain, baby, exploitation, bridge, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, matter of life and death, australia, benzine, biker, vigilante, cop, partner, truck, motorcycle, motorcycle gang, exploding car, cult film, ozploitation|
"Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."
Mad Max is all about vehicle fueled vengeance. A young Mel Gibson plays a lawman in a near-future, gang infested Australia. His encounters with a especially vile gang result in a deadly attack on his wife and infant son, and the last act of the movie focuses on his single-minded payback on those responsible.
Mad Max is certainly low-budget, but the movie doesn't really suffer from it. It is dated, however, and so many movies with similar premises have been made in the last thirty years that this one doesn't make nearly as much of an impression now as it probably did back in 1979. Watching this is a near-requirement for fans of Mel Gibson, but for everyone else, it's a decent movie that should be seen more for its classic status than its current entertainment value.