Review: ‘Mad Max’

Mad Max is an all-stops-out, fast-moving exploitation pic in the tradition of New World/American International productions. The plot [from an original story by George Miller and Byron Kennedy] is extremely simple. A few years from now (opening title), the Australian countryside is terrorized by marauders who create mayhem on the roads. A crack police force opposes the villains.

Mad Max is an all-stops-out, fast-moving exploitation pic in the tradition of New World/American International productions. The plot [from an original story by George Miller and Byron Kennedy] is extremely simple. A few years from now (opening title), the Australian countryside is terrorized by marauders who create mayhem on the roads. A crack police force opposes the villains.

Mad Max is one of the fastest and most ruthless of these cops of the future. Max quits the force to take a vacation with his wife and baby. But when The Toecutter’s gang kills his wife and child, he dons his leather uniform again to hunt them down.

Stunts themselves would be nothing without a filmmaker behind the camera and George Miller, a doctor and film buff making his first feature, shows he knows what cinema is all about.

The film belongs to the director, cameraman and stunt artists: it’s not an actor’s piece, though the leads are all effective.

Mad Max

Australia

Production

Roadshow. Director George Miller; Producer Byron Kennedy; Screenplay George Miller, James McCausland; Camera David Eggby; Editor Tony Paterson, Cliff Hayes; Music Brian May; Art Director Jon Dowding

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Mel Gibson Joanne Samuel Hugh Keays-Byrne Steve Bisley Roger Ward Tim Burns
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