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Worth A Look: 25.45%
Average: 7.27%
Pretty Bad: 3.64%
Total Crap: 9.09%

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Mad Max
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by Brian McKay

"'Give 'em Back Their Heroes!'"
5 stars

Damn, Mel Gibson looks young in this movie. Has it really been that long? If ever an actor had a breakout role, this would be it. This import B-movie gem launched not only his career, but the whole post-apocalyptic genre of the 80's and beyond.

It is "The Future", time unspecified. Although things like cops, lawyers, and a central government still exist in a bare-bones capacity, the highways have been taken over by biker gangs and other assorted scum. Danger signs are posted along the most perilous routes, including the number of yearly fatalaties.

Max (Mel Gibson) is one of the cops that make up the razor-thin blue line trying to make the highways safe. Along with his best friend, a daredevil motorcycle cop known as "The Goose" (Steve Bisley), and his boisterious, flamboyant Sergeant, "Fifi" (Roger Ward), they tear up the roads in their tricked-out interceptor cars, with plenty of breathtaking chases and spectacular crashes left in their wake.

While the core story is nothing original as far as cop stories goes (Good cop almost quits the force, until he loses his family and best friend, then goes on a revenge rampage), it rises above with vivid characters, spectacular visuals and stunts, and the intriguing neo post-apocalyptic theme. Props to Gibson, Bisley, and Ward for some truly memorable characters, as well as to Hugh Keays-Byrne as "The Toecutter" - one of the cheesiest and most loveable villains in the history of cinema.

Drive-In Triple Feature Picks for Mad Max:

The Road Warrior
, the unforgettable sequel.

KnightRiders, George Romero's saga of jousting motorcyclists, with equally fantastic crashes.

This movie fucking rocks, and even if you forget most of it over the years, I guarantee you'll never forget the either-or that Max gives to the last villain before driving away.

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originally posted: 08/31/02 18:08:10
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User Comments

4/29/19 Louise (the real one) Very well made. Mel Gibson looks so sexy! 4 stars
3/24/15 Anne Watched it just in homage to the good reviews 1 stars
3/01/13 Sam After so much hype. Marginal at best 2 stars
8/03/08 Shaun Wallner Great Action!! 5 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini a bit slow in places but still good 4 stars
9/14/06 Booksworm Well deserving of it's cult classic status 4 stars
7/11/06 David Cohen Action movie with social commntary, more relavent now than ever 5 stars
10/18/05 Indrid Cold I heard that one of the Mad Max movies is very good. I've seen 1 and 3, so it must be 2. 3 stars
8/04/05 DM Cheesy in places, but well-directed and well-acted. 4 stars
5/04/05 La Chupacabra Revolutionary, and one badass movie 5 stars
3/07/05 el burro Stupid as hell. Gibson young and fine, pre-passion insanity. 2 stars
1/07/05 R.W. Welch Basically a revenge western, but shows considerable innovative flair. 4 stars
11/08/04 Shit Talker One Fucked up film 1 stars
6/08/04 PAYNE not bad, but too short... 4 stars
1/07/04 Pinkline Jones Made for no money because its a crock of brown stuff 1 stars
12/06/03 john maybe the most kinetic opening ever - made for no money! 5 stars
11/29/03 john unpredictable powerhouse action film 4 stars
8/23/03 zx9 rider excelent car crashes and old bikes 4 stars
8/03/03 tom hanks Great Movie, average story, wonderfull use of camera, nice editing 5 stars
6/01/03 Apathy Short, but memorable. That last scene is so badass... 4 stars
2/22/03 ashley watley it was ok 1 stars
1/28/03 Holly Vergara mad max rules 5 stars
1/13/03 Jason MUST SEE - get the unedited DVD, no dubbing 5 stars
11/12/02 Nevz I don't care what you say. This Is The Bollox. 5 stars
9/30/02 Charles Tatum The only film I wish more sequels existed for 5 stars
9/17/02 babybelle One thing to love a man to death, another thing to die for him. I'd die for MAX. 5 stars
5/19/02 john waite jesus!!..check out the motobike crash! mother of a movie.completly nuts! 5 stars
4/01/02 Joe Schulz I saw a boob 5 stars
3/19/02 Aborted Gently It started the Apocalyptic movie crazy. Fucking beautiful. 5 stars
1/10/02 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Mostly kinda boring until the last half hour. 3 stars
11/25/01 Mathias Österman Shame about the American over-dubb though 4 stars
10/02/01 Phoenix Cheesy, but still a classic. 5 stars
8/19/01 Babybelle Spooky little film. Grows on ya tho' 4 stars
7/06/01 Genghiz Tanghe I like this movie. Good humor and nice desert scenes. 4 stars
4/05/01 Hawkeye The first time through it just seems weird, but it'll grow on you, promise. A great film. 4 stars
3/23/01 viking a landmark Aussie movie 5 stars
1/25/01 dave Underhill get off this film rocks especially the twist at the end excelent writing and acting!!! 5 stars
12/27/00 fifu it was entertaining but good enough to be a classic, i like road warrior better 3 stars
5/21/00 Jess Watch this Road Warrior and Babe 2 all one night you will see genius. 5 stars
2/11/00 MarshyMan This is how the best films are- make by desperate to prove themselves filmmakes. Not Babe!! 4 stars
1/12/00 John Markham COMPLETE DUNG! 1 stars
11/03/99 Todd This is by far the best of the series, Mel Gibson is awesome in it. 5 stars
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  09-May-1980 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jan-2002

  10-Dec-1979 (15)

  12-Apr-1979 (R)

Directed by
  George Miller

Written by
  George Miller
  James McCausland

  Mel Gibson
  Joanna Samuel
  Steve Bisley
  Tim Burns
  Roger Ward
  David Bracks

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