Starring Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Jonathan Hardy
Brutal. High-Octane. Iconic.
The setting is never explicitly defined as far as I can tell, and yet it’s one of cinema’s most famous, spawning three equally fantastic sequels. Described as Australia in the not-too-distant future, Max Rockatansky (Gibson) wanders through, working as a policeman at war with a vicious biker gang led by the only intimidating man in history to have highlights in his hair named Toecutter (Keays-Byrne). The world of Mad Max seems to be infinitely entertaining with each subsequent installment inducing new interest, or perhaps that’s just a testament to George Miller’s imagination and skill. As for this, the original, setting aside how impressive the film is considering its budget, Mad Max is impressive as hell period. It’s a gritty, unforgettable revenge drama with a sweeping, dramatic score and nonstop adrenaline-filled action sequences.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-