In 1979, George Miller bursts right through the B-Movie scene with one of the most simultaneously coherent and insane flicks to ever grace our screens, and it only served as a seed to the lunacy that came after! Even back then, Miller could capture an almost palpable sense of speed with his camera, and some of the crazy stunts that he pulled off here are still something to behold nowadays.
The story is structured in way that after each repeated viewing, the main protagonist is redescovered as a dark horse, previously forshadowed only by the title. Powerful music - that haunts each memorable scene - only adds to brutality and cruelty in this dark, devastating and most probably the very best out of all revenge flicks.
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!