“Who are they?” asks the burly leader of a pack of motorcycle savages. Before the dust settles and the last piston throbs, he’ll especially know who one of them is. So will movie fans. Mel Gibson gave notice that he was a name to reckon with in the revved-up, trend-setting first of Gibson’s Mad Max collaborations with filmmaker George Miller. Gibson portrays Max Rockansky, the fearless, leather-suited cop waging war with kill-crazy bikers who targeted his family.
It is a war that must be seen to be believed, a road-scorching, neo-punk, take-no-prisoners combat set in a post-apocalyptic Australia. In the end, a lone man travels a ribbon of highway now free of the unroadworthy—a highway leading Gibson to stardom.
Mel Gibson and Tina Turner star in the third film of the Mad Max series.
Max stumbles onto a desert city in the post-apocalyptic world that is built on the principle of unbridled, cutthroat capitalism where anything - even a human life can be bartered. Caught in a power struggle between the city's two rulers, Max breaks the one inviolable rule of a city with no other rules when he refuses to kill.
The meek shall inherit the earth. Wrong. Not in the bleak near-future of the second of three Mad Max movies.
Mel Gibson stars in the film that made him an international superstar as Max, a former cop reduced to scavenging for gasoline--the decaying world's most prized commodity--as he cruises the barren, post-apocalyptic Outback along highways crawling with human vermin.