A critical ingredient in the Mad Max movies that adds to the overall atmosphere of chaos and menace are the insane car chases.
A new video from The Verge offers a fascinating analysis of the chases in the Mad Max films, saying that they don’t follow the usual rules of car chases or of action scenes in general in most movies. The Mad Max chases have their own unique way of handling the action, says The Verge.
Basically, the essence of what creates the visceral sense of chaos is that characters keep trying things in the chase but they don’t succeed. Then, when someone does finally succeed with an action, it backfires, creating more violence and chaos and adding to the feeling of unpredictable danger. It makes perfect sense as to how it all works and further adds to the sense that George Miller is a cinematic genius.