Mad Max

Thoughts on… Mad Max

With San Diego Comic Con comes a load of new footage, posters and hype and in amongst all the superheroes there has been footage and a poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m intrigued by Mad Max: Fury Road mainly because Tom Hardy is the titular character (and I tend to really like everything Tom Hardy’s in) and all the photos make the whole cast look awesome and badass.

So because I know almost nothing about the character of Mad Max or the previous films or what to expect from Mad Max: Fury Road, I decided to rent the original three films from my University library and spend the weekend watching them.

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The IMDb synopsis says – “A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader.” So I was expecting the deaths to happen in the first 30 minutes or less and then the rest of the movie be this big revenge thing, but if anything it worked the other way around with an hour setting up characters and then the deaths and the revenge in the last 30 minutes. I suppose it’s a sign of the times and what we expect a films narrative to be like – the fact that it spends time building these characters and creating tension is something missing from a lot of “generic action films.”

The car chase scenes were amazing and some of the violence and fight scenes did make me wince (it’s an 18-rated film from the late 70’s so it’s big on violence). Also, I’m not sure if this is all versions of Mad Max or just my Uni’s copy, but everyone’s voice was dubbed over (because clearly American’s can’t understand the Australian accent) which was a bit awkward and distracting.

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