Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 28m
The Odyssey are proud to present the hyper-kinetic dystopian classic that set box office records for Australian features, spawned an entire genre and made Mel Gibson a household name.
Mel Gibson stars as ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky, a highway policeman in a post-apocalyptic future where the roads are ruled by roving gangs in nitro fuelled cars and motorbikes. When his partner is killed by members of the Acolytes gang, Max decides to retire from the Main Force Patrol. Taking his wife and young child on vacation in the deserted outback, a cruel twist of fate brings him in the sights of The Acolytes.
Directed by George Miller (who later triumphantly returned to the series with Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015) this high-octane Ozploitation classic redefined the action movie and paved the way for the Australian new wave of independent film. With Cinematographer David Eggby and stunt coordinator Grant Page they craft a gritty, gripping thrill ride which spawned three sequels.
Often imitated but never bettered, Mad Max has left its stamp of influence on action cinema forever.