« My Dog Tulip | Main | Legendary »

September 06, 2010

Mad Max - Classic Film Pick

Mad_Max The greatest example of Ozploitation movies, George Miller's 1979 "Mad Max" is a pure cinematic anomaly. With a delayed inciting incident that comes more than half way through the film, the dystopian story is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia where a vicious motorcycle gang terrorize everyone they encounter on and off the road. The death of the gang's leader "Nightrider" (Vince Gil) at the hands of the leather-clad Main Force Patrol cop Max (Mel Gibson) puts the bloodthirsty "Toecutter" (Hugh Keays-Byrne) in charge of the gang. It isn't until Max's wife Jessie (Joanne Samuel) and baby son become a target for the gang that the recently retired Max turns into the madman of the film's title. Max takes on a vendetta to personally kill off the gang.

The main conceit of the film are its unbelievably dangerous motorcycle and car crashes that remain shocking, even by 21st century standards. George Miller had previously worked as an emergency room doctor and brought his familiarity with crash victims to bear on the grisly events that occur constantly throughout the movie. "Mad Max" was the first Australian film to be shot in anamorphic widescreen, and served as a launching pad for Mel Gibson's acting career. For a movie with such a rambling storyline, "Mad Max" works for its cynical embrace of an anarchistic society where insanity is endemic. Cartoonish characters and fast action chases scenes never looked so iconic. Here is a movie where the stunt drivers and stunt men go full-out every time.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c2b7953ef0133f3d93357970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Mad Max - Classic Film Pick:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Featured Video

SMART NEW MEDIA® Custom Video

COLE SMITHEY’S MOVIE WEEK

COLE SMITHEY’S CLASSIC CINEMA

Throwback Thursday