Exceptionally made with few resources, the lack of explicit context-setting gives the film a disquieting and dangerous mood, helped by the effective use of the beautiful and threatening aspects of the open landscapes. An efficient, effective and idiosyncratic example of the Australian New Wave that presages and would influence the bigger and more spectacular dystopia movies of the Eighties.
Classic revenge story where a man's life is reduced to nothing and he takes the bad guy's lives "eye for an eye". The film is full of car and bike-crashes with some exciting fast-edited road kills and made Mel Gibson a star. Be careful not to watch the laughable dubbed U.S. version since no one can understand Aussie accents, ha ha ha!
You know, I wish I could admire this film for its unique style and the effort that went in the stunts and special effects. But, it does a very poor job of explaining its universe, and the plot is overly familiar at its best, and very contrived at is worst. Plus, I don't really have that much of an affinity for vehicular porn.
Mad Max is like one of its infinite expanses of asphalt. Sure, Miller's post-apocalyptic-present knack for esoteric world and character building spark curiosity, but it is such a dry, hot, tiring, uninteresting ride without notion of pace. What a coincidence that the most engaging part of the movie takes place in green lands. Entertaining bits, otherwise a big, slow, sluggish bore.