Watch: Mad Max 1979 123movies, Full Movie Online – Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. After some grisly events at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge..
Plot: In the ravaged near future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face ofa police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky. And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge!
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For whatever reason, never had seen the original and doesn’t disappoint, some good action and gut wrenching scenes defying the rules of killing pets and kids, Mel Gibson is quite good in the role and look forward to checking out the sequels. **3.75/5**
Though I had only seen the previous installment, ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’, which I enjoyed whilst a great many people didn’t, with the present sequel earning ten (!?) Oscar nominations, I wanted to catch up on things before seeing the new film at the Cineplex. I was very pleased with this early film in the post-apocalyptic movie category, and can see how and why both it and star Mel Gibson became so successful. Other than Kenneth Anger’s experimental film, ‘Scorpio Rising’, I have never seen a work that so fetishes both cars and the ritual of dressing, either for driving or for war. It’s very well directed and suspenseful for a first-timer in Miller, and I’m so glad he’s still helming the films of the series 36 years later! All that one has to do to see How To and How Not To Continue a Fine Franchise is compare how both George Miller and George Lucas have done this century. It’s sad that they were so short on funds that only Gibson could be fitted with real leather in the film–I think I can rightly assume that money isn’t a problem anymore…
The Potential of the Australian Film Industry
Dr. George Miller’s low budget Mad Max franchise impacted on Australian culture and altered the perception of Australia and Australians overseas in a way that no other Australian film had done. The films explores themes such as ‘man and the environment’, ‘fear provoking post-apocalyptic future, family’, ‘masculinity in crisis’, ‘good versus evil (Max as an iconic hero), Australian ethos and car culture; themes often featured within Australian films yet presented in a stark and dramatic way. The cinematographic impact is powerful; the human and emotional appeal is timeless.
Australia’s barren deserts presented the ideal setting for a post-apocalyptic environment. The film set is more identifiable as Australia as it was filmed around the city of Melbourne. Long deserted roads feature significantly in the film and the cinematographic device of taking long distant shots of Max demonstrates how small he is in the scale of the environment that he is living. It is a relentless, unforgiving environment which demands defeat or survival and marks the characters which play upon its stage.
Just as the physical setting is stark and desolate, the time setting and its associated events create an atmosphere of fear and foreboding which plays on the minds and emotions of contemporary viewers. In this fear provoking post apocalyptic future the few survivors of the nuclear holocaust are in warfare with one another, the rebel bikers and the police.
Good versus evil is a dominant discourse in many film genres and one which embraces the Australian ethos. Max possesses some highly valued “Australian” traits; in particular, those of the underdog, the battler, the hero. External forces beyond his control stop him from “winning” completely. Contrary to the Hollywood hero, the Australian hero is a pawn in the game of others, which explains why Max can never quite “win” in absolute terms. There is little public glorification of success in Australia; heroes are remembered for their style rather than for their achievements. (Venkatasawmy, 1996) Mad Max represented a tradition hero, a hero to whom many diverse cultures are able to relate, as a story of a lone hero is a story that goes back through centuries of storytelling, and as a consequence the film achieved colossal success within Australian and around the world. The Australian cultures and lifestyles shown throughout these films give Australians an understanding of their country in the landscape, the language, and the way we treat people, life and life in exceptional circumstances.
Reference Venkatasawmy, R. (1996), Australian Film in the Reading Room: The Hybridity of Film-making in Australian National Cinema: Formulating a Cinematic Post-Diaspora. Retrieved March 14, 2005, from http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/ReadingRoom/rama/CHAPT4.htm
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min), 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (special edition) (USA)
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director George Miller
Writer James McCausland, George Miller, Byron Kennedy
Actors Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Awards 5 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (original release), 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release), DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL, Todd-AO Lenses
Laboratory Movielab, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Colorfilm Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5247)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Dolby Vision, Todd-AO 35 (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm