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Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

At the beginning, I wasn't so sure about this one. It felt a bit cheesy. The soundtrack didn't fit the story - it came on at times even when there should've been no suspense - if felt like they might as well have snatched a soundtrack from an entirely different film. The characters felt reckless to the point of being silly, and though the introductory car chases were pretty cool, they didn't really feel that intense. Dangerous? Yes. Authentic? Yes. But not that intense. The timing isn't perfect in all the action scenes, but considering the limited setup they had it's not bad at all. The creative use of props and camera angles was interesting to see too, not always as authentic as they might've been had this been filmed now, but you do get a glimpse of the technical aspects of all if you pay attention. It adds another layer of interest to watching this.

You get introduced to more and more characters too, and without noticing, the story builds up around you. All the while you wonder when something's really going to go down, and then when it gets serious, it gets serious fast.

The script does lack a red line; the movie is old, but when it's all over it hit me harder than I expected. So, this is how it all starts. This is how Max went Mad. And that's his car, the last V8 Interceptor. Sped-up footage makes for fast chases; the action's not bad. Origins, Chapter 1, a bit now over-rated former underdog, but a good movie. Mel Gibson's never bad either.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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