Filmmaker Rishi Kaneria put together this supercut of POV shots from the original Mad Max trilogy. It’s a pretty red-hot editing job in its own right – I’ve probably watched it a dozen times for that combination of catchy mashup and ultraviolence – but it also shows how visceral and effective George Miller’s POV shots are for making the viewer part of the action.
What I haven’t seen anyone mention is how clear this supercut makes the genre differences between all the Mad Max films. That’s a great trick George Miller pulled – there’s pretty clearly one eye and one aesthetic behind all these films, but they’re just as clearly not the same genre of action film. Especially that first one: it’s got more in common visually with Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout than it does, say, Beyond Thunderdome.
Click through and take a look.