From the opening chase, Mad Max throws you into a twisted, pre-apocalyptic orgy of horsepower and violence. This is the first movie in a pretty decent Australian-made trilogy including The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome.
I saw The Road Warrior first, so understanding how Max went Mad was that much more rewarding. The car chases hold up even in today’s CGI environment, and they end in some very proper carnage.
A young Mel Gibson takes on the rogue biker gangs that have claimed the open roads as their own, and dish out their own brand of sadism on any unsuspecting travelers.
The story gives some real meaning to the action. Supporting roles of the Toecutter, Night Rider, and the Goose make for a pretty mean ensemble.
If you haven’t seen it, give it a run. And if you haven’t seen it in a while, remind yourself how magical the movies used to be.