in about 100 words or less
Australia 88m, Colour
Director: George Miller; Cast: Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Tim Burns, Geoff Parry
Mad Max is the first in a series of three dystopian action films in which the “near future” is characterized by a lawlessness and brutality in an age where the world’s oil supplies are near exhaustion. Underlying the simple revenge plot of this very well-made low-budget B-movie is a more sophisticated narrative concerning socio-economic breakdown of society seen through the experiences of “Mad” Max Rockatansky – a renegade member of the Australian Federal Highway Police who unrelentingly pursues vengeance against a group of deranged bikers. Despite reviews which criticized the film’s explicit and overly violent nature, it has become an archetypal post-apocalyptic road movie with one of cinema’s most memorable anti-heroes (Klaus Ming December 2010).