Mad Max is an amazing movie for many, many reasons (read a fun review here). And having seen the 2000 re-release at the Film Forum in NYC with Australian accents and slang restored, I can safely say that I have truly experienced this monumental offering of Australian culture. Whenever I think about Mad Max, two things immediately jump out at me: 1) is the Knightrider yelling out AC/DC lyrics on the CB, 2) all the amazing chases and stunts. Now, here’s a film that with a shoestring budget ($400,000 which in turn grossed over $100,000,000) re-engineered the cinematic car chase by bolting cameras inside the vehicles and making the viewer part of the action (eat your heart out Steve McQueen). More importantly, the stunts in this film are simply out of this world -whether intended or not. I would really be interested to know if anyone has seen another “stunt”* that matches the visceral and emotional grip of the following scene from Mad Max:
No one was injured during the generation of this short film clip.* Stunt is in quotes because the above scene was not intentional but all the more effective because of this and a little slow motion.