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Mad Max

Title: Mad Max
Directed by:
George Miller
Written by:
George Miller, James McCausland, Byron Kennedy
Year: 1979

Old films sometimes have the disadvantage of not aging very well, but Mad Max is not one of them. On the other hand, I cannot possibly imagine that it was any better when it was first released in 1979. There are elements of apocalypse in it, but not much that seems strange to a modern viewer, so it being old cannot in any way explain why I dislike it so much. I will not make this review very long, since the film does not deserve much of my time, but I will explain why I do not like it (the reason I will not mention anything positive is because the film entirely devoid of such things).

The story does not elicit interest or curiosity in any way, but is instead centred on the vague concepts of vengeance, motorcycles and Australian landscapes. If anyone understands in what way this is meant to be entertaining, please tell me. I have seen and heard many references to Mad Max, especially concerning post-apocalypse, a genre I rather like, but I certainly hope they refer to the sequels, because in this film there was nothing of interest whatsoever. Enough rambling, let me just note that this is the worst film I have reviewed (and thus watched) in the last three years.

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  1. Svante’s avatar

    Haven’t seen that one, I think. Isn’t it supposed to be pretty rare? I do think people usually refer to one of the sequels when they say positive things about Mad Max in general.


  2. Marcus’s avatar

    You’re right about the facts Svante, the first one is rare and people usally think about Mad Max: The Road Warrior when they think about the first movie. But what we saw was really the first Mad Max Movie(1979) :)