After listening to the original story by Broken Sea and the discussion on the Through the Aftermath podcast, I’ve been wanting to watch Mad Max again, and finally got the chance tonight. I can’t remember the last time I watched it, but it’s been years.
It really is a great movie, but at least for me, what makes it so good is the fact that it serves as a lead in to The Road Warrior (or Mad Max 2 if you’re Aussie). The Road Warrior is the ultimate post-apocalyptic movie of all time, in my eyes, and being able to see the origin of Max is really cool. Seeing the sawed-off shotgun, where he got his limp, and of course, the black Interceptor was just awesome.
But even as a standalone movie, it was still great. Wikipedia says Mad Max is a post-apocalyptic film, but I’d take issue with that. If there was an apocalypse before the events of the movie, it couldn’t have been very major. If anything I’d say slightly dystopian, or whatever you call “during the apocalypse” since society was definitely sliding down hill.
I wish I stopped it and re-listened at the time, but in the very beginning of the movie, when Max is suiting up to go after Night Rider, there’s a news report or announcement on the radio and the lady is saying something about “only if we stick together, we can persevere” or at least something to that effect. It struck me as very 1984’ish.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen Mad Max for a while, it’s worth a re-watch. Now I’m going to try to find that cool black Interceptor t-shirt that the guys at Destructomundo were selling a while back.