Mad Max (1979)
The movie that made Gibson famous
11 December 2018
This low-budget Australian movie was made for only $ 350,000 and has earned around 100 million worldwide. However, from today's (or at least mine) perspective, "Mad Max" is nothing special.
The plot is more than predictable, it is perfectly obvious. Still, the film manages to keep the tension from beginning to end. When from the start of the movie named "Mad Max" they put emphasis on his love for his wife and child, you do not have to be very wise to conclude that the woman or the child will get hurt, which will cause Max to go berserk and start a vengeful killing spree. But the trouble is that nothing is happening to them. In the ninety-minute movie, for more than an hour, every time they show Jessie you expect something to happen to her... and it doesn't. Every time Max returns home you expect him to find her dead, raped or kidnapped... but none of it happens. This anticipation of something that we all know is inevitable, but is postponed indefinitely, is quite frustrating. When it (it's terrible to say finally, but) finally happens, the story develops in the expected way and turns into a classic revenge action, which unfortunately lasts only about ten minutes and it's nothing spectacular. Although the movie is full of violence and death, almost none of it is explicitly shown. When bikers run over Jessie and the baby, we see them roaring close and the killing itself we can only imagine based on the faces of the eyewitnesses. I suppose director resorted to such solutions to avoid unnecessary expenses, and not as an artistic decision, but it worked out just fine. The film is OK in every aspect, there are no major flaws, but it does not stand out in any way either. Satisfactory entertaining for one viewing.