Mad Max

Published September 11, 2020

Mad Max

Film info

  • Title Mad Max
  • Director George Miller
  • Year 1979
  • Run time 1hr 31m
  • Genres Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Adventure
  • Tagline The maximum force of the future

The film is set in the near future of a bleak, dystopian and impoverished Australia that is facing a breakdown of civil order primarily due to widespread oil shortages. Central to the plot is a poorly-funded national police unit called the Main Force Patrol (MFP), which struggles to protect the Outback's few remaining townspeople from violent motorcycle gangs. The MFP's top pursuit man is a young police officer, Max Fockatansky, badge number MFP4073.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:10 Always clever to start with ‘a few years from now’. Non-specific but still quite scary.
7:49 How can that car still be going? The engine must be crushed!
13:08 Look at baby Mel Gibson.


I think I was expecting not to get to the end of this, but I tried to enter into the spirit of it with an open mind. I’m keen to watch the new Fury Road but, as always, wanted to go back to the beginning for completeness.

It’s just not my cup of tea at all: brash and boorish and somehow boring despite a big car chase. The audio mix was terrible and I just didn’t want to watch more than 20 minutes.

Rating: Unrated

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