Live Poll: Best Ozploitation Movie

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An 'Ozploitation' film is defined as any genre film that's made in the land down under, Australia! These types of films peaked in the 70s and 80s but declined in the beginning of the 90s. They then had a little resurgence, particularly when Wolf Creek became a hit, and they still get made today albeit in lesser numbers. So I thought I would make this list as a tribute to the Australian film industry. Which one is your favourite?

List- https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045177588/

Poll- https://www.imdb.com/poll/TwNliuyCOZ8/

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Mad Max movies
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I suggested this 4+ years ago but it didn't get any traction. Perhaps you'll have better luck.

My list, if you want to compare:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls070958580/

Not sure if all the titles you chose actually fall into the category of Ozploitation...but I'm probably wrong. :)
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There was plenty of greenery around in the first film. It was the only one that made any sense 
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They all make sense- the first is a dystopian film and the rest are set further in a post-apocalyptic future.
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Yeah, I never got the "dystopian" aspect in the first film. In the first one he was a cop in a functioning police force until his captain put him on stress leave because he wanted to quit after they'd had trouble with a gang of flouncy bikers. They still had plenty of businesses operating, diners, mechanics, & towies, and still had hospitals to patch them up. Guessing by Johnny breaking the lock on the RACV phone on the side of the highway, they still had roadside assist. What sort of dystopia affords a cop in a depleted police force the chance to take leave with their wife, sprog, & spaniel dog for a beachside holiday? 
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The beginning of the first Mad Max film opens with text reading that it's set in the "not too distant future". George Miller made it intentionally vague to make the audience wonder what caused this increased chaos- was it the government? was it the power of gang violence? was it the economy? Despite this there's still running business and services, still remnants of our civilisation. However, the power of the police force is declining, with bureaucrats and shady lawyers defending the clearly guilty gang members. The police force is only operating on the basis to make 'heros' and to fend off the threat of gang members and vehicular collisions, without them the gangs will essentially take over the world. It's all satirical and when Max is forced to act as a vigilante to cruelly execute scum like Johnny the Boy- it's a clear statement on where the future is heading, which is what dystopian literature always does. By the second film the world has suffered atomic wars and huge economic crisis- transforming the setting into a truly post-apocalyptic future and not just one that is dystopian.
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Rob Webster, atmosphere in the first Mad Max (1979) was meant to be more of "before it goes to hell" rather then "we're already there". It actually does a fairly good job at depicting seemingly functioning society descending into chaos under pressure of (largely omitted in the actual movie) political and economical issues. 

That movie became a personal cherished favorite of mine (to a point when I was inspired to pursue my driver's license by it) way before area where I was living quite suddenly burst into a budding war conflict zone in mere months. I'm not saying it looked and felt exactly like what we see in the movie, but it was similar enough for me to never shrug off the association afterwards. Similarly to the movie businesses worked, people lived their life and despite some incidents most of the people were quite sure it will hardly be a problem. I'm pretty sure by that time there were enough people like Max in the are already: devastated after loosing everything. They then either fought on some side or drifted away.  
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Thanks :)