Reading the synopsis of “Mad Max,” one would think that this is a high-octane, action-packed thriller for the ages. In reality, I found this film to be slow, underwhelming, and quite forgettable. I love dystopian films and walk into each with the expectation that it will be on pace with “Gattaca” or “A Clockwork Orange.” This one fell far short of that expectation. I didn’t develop an emotional connection with any of the characters, feel surprised at any moment, or believe the scenes that transpired onscreen. I know that the critics love this film but I just can’t get into it. Probably the best thing that I got out of this was the opportunity to see Mel Gibson at age 23 – he didn’t even look like himself! I definitely expected more of this iconic film but I’m sad to say that “Mad Max’ is up there (or should I say down there) with “Death Race 2000” on my list of dystopian films.
[Pictured: It's hard to believe that this is Mel Gibson]