Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mad Max - Dollar Bin Review

You might be asking yourself what does an action film have to do with a horror site? Well, if you have seen Mad Max then you know that it was the film that helped to kick off the post nuke craze. An element that defined post nuke films were the fusion of a horror like approach to the set pieces in an action film. When a film really nailed it, it resulted in some breath taking sequences. However, it seemed like every low budget film of the era jumped on this bandwagon and it effectively killed off this sub-genre since a lot of the output was nowhere near as effective as the original Mad Max.

I have to say the first time I saw Mad Max, I went in just knowing that it was the film that helped to kick start Mel Gibson's career and that was it. Initially I was drawn into the unique plot line, but as the film developed, it was the heart stopping suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I have to honestly say there was moments where I was yelling at the screen, especially during a key sequence involving Gibson's family. Another thing that was refreshing was that Mad Max proves you don't need the biggest action set pieces to have WOW factor. That's one reason why I don't like the action films of today is, because they seem stuck on just blowing up things or trying to one up the previous film that came out. Blowing up things and action sequences are fine and dandy, but they need to work within the context of the story like they do here. Max Max proves that if you have skillfully executed sequences combined with a story that manages to engage audiences, then the action sequences will have that pizazz that people expect. Most films that fuse action and horror are in the vein of something like Blade. I sure miss the days of Mad Max and similar films, because they understood how effectively horror could be used to create a truly memorable action film experience.

-Brandon Sites

Mad Max is FREE via Netflix Streaming. It is available for $2.99 on Amazon as a rental.

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