Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mad Max (George Miller, 1979) Review
In a not-quite-post-apocalyptic-yet-still-is-somewhat-apocalyptic Australia, all crime has taken to the road in the form of biker gangs and street gangs. After a run in with some biker gang members, Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) takes a leave of absence from police duties but slowly his life starts to unravel after disaster strikes his family and home. Max's now takes it upon himself to get sweet revenge on those who have wronged him.
Mad Max is definitely an experiment film in order to make people realise that Australia is still relevant (apologies to all Australian readers...). It's clearly has a low budget but, to be honest, that's part of the charm of the film. It's cheap goodness. However, there are some things that do stand out. Max is one of the biggest badass in film history with Mel Gibson providing a good performance for the character. I wouldn't have ever imagined that there was a time I liked Mel Gibson. Plus the tragic...ness of the plot is conveyed well.
The bad stuff starts with...er...okay, there isn't anything that is strictly 'bad' about Mad Max but there isn't that much about the film that really stands out as amazing which just leaves the film as a bit 'okay'. I did enjoy watching it and some of the stuff that happens is good but it doesn't do anything that stands out. It just comes off as a bit bland. If I had to say one thing, it is the vehicle combat which is at is pinnacle in this franchise.
Mad Max is the pioneer of vehicle combat and has some excellent stunts. Mel Gibson is suprisingly good and the narrative is well put together (one scene apparently inspired Saw!). Other than that, it's quite bland maybe because it hasn't exactly aged well due to the low budget. It's a classic, sure, but that doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. I'm glad I saw it and I may watched it couple more times but after that...probably not.
It has some really good stuff like the vehicle combat and stunts but there isn't much else that stands out.