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  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky.

    I grew up with the Mad Max films and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Is my personal favorite best epic Post-Apocalyptic Action Classic Science Fiction film. I always loved The Road Warrior to death this film stayed in my heart. Fury Road and The Road Warrior are Equal for me so I am ranting them 10 and I always tried to take the first film of the Max series as the best one in the franchise but I couldn't, because it is just too dark is not post apocalyptic film enough, it has Drama between the film and the plot starts slow which becomes really boring. The Road Warrior is the opposite of Mad Max which just stayed in my heart and I just love this movie to death and I always will. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior still remains one of the most exhilarating action films to ever grace the screen. The car chases are as excitingly pulse-pounding as ever and no film has yet to surpass the final chase as the best in movie history. Yes, in terms of pure action, not many films have been able to equal The Road Warrior's thrills.

    Mel Gibson remains the only world-renowned actor in the whole film. He does a terrific job as the character Max, one of his best and most interesting characters. The development of Max is another intriguing component of The Road Warrior, and serves the film by giving it a human edge by featuring Max's slow transformation from loner to savior. Not only that, Gibson also creates a great action hero. There's not a moment in the film when we aren't rooting for Max to smash Humungus and his gang.The Humungus and Wez for me were the best villains ever in the film. Bruce Spence as the gyro-pilot is decent in his role and offers the film's few humorous moments. And also he has a lot of scenes and a lot of things to do in this film. Like flying that flayer helping Max saving him, fighting against Humungus thugs. Emil Minty as The Feral Kid is awesome. The old man as the narrator from the beginning of the film is The Feral Kid, I love the relationship between him and Max. That's what I love in this film the acting is TERRIFIC from the actors. Virginia Hey as Warrior Woman is beautiful and fantastic in this movie. I seriously loved how she acted towards Max that he isn't trust worthy, he needed to win her trust. I love Max's dog he was so better than in the first movie the other dog was. You could even see a personality in this dog.

    I love this movie to death and will always be in my heart Forever. For me Mel Gibson is the only Mad Max Rockatansky!

    Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval 10/10 Awesome Post/Apocalyptic/Action Classic/Science Fiction film.
  • After the enormous success of "Mad Max" in 1979, it was predictable that a sequel would follow. In fact, two sequels followed, and the first of these is "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior".

    Released in the U.S. simply as "The Road Warrior", "Mad Max 2" begins with a narration re-introducing us to wandering ex-cop Max (Gibson) ... and then we're off. In post-apocalyptic Australia, Max wanders the nuclear waste lands in search of Earth's most precious resource: gasoline. When he discovers a band of people guarding a large deposit of fuel, he lends his services as a driver to help them escape from a vicious group of bandits intent on taking the gas for themselves.

    "Mad Max 2" is one of the best sequels ever. It's everything the original was and more. Mel Gibson is great, and the cast performs very well. Brian May's skills as a composer have improved, and he gives a very fast-paced score. George Miller's directing skills have also improved, and he deals us out some intense car sequences that have yet to be rivaled.

    This film is special because, although it was very popular when released and is even more popular now, it is unique in that it is not afraid to be just that. If that confused you, let me put it this way: George Miller has created a film that, while trying to improve the flaws from past films, is not afraid to be original and un-Hollywood. And I must say, Mr. Miller pulls it off excellently.

    I love "The Road Warrior" as well as the rest of the "Mad Max" series. I would say that "Mad Max 2" is quite possibly the greatest film to come out of Australia. It is one of Mel Gibson's best and one of the best sci-fi films ever. "Mad Max 2" is essential.
  • *** 1/2 out of ****

    After so many years The Road Warrior still remains one of the most exhilarating action films to ever grace the screen. The car chases are as excitingly pulse-pounding as ever and no film has yet to surpass the final chase as the best in movie history. Yes, in terms of pure action, not many films have been able to equal The Road Warrior's thrills.

    The film takes place presumably years after the conclusion of Mad Max. The world has been devastated by a third world war and has suffered a setback by he rarity of gasoline. The loner, Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is still wandering around the Australian wasteland, thousands of miles from civilization, in search of gasoline. He comes across a gyro-pilot (Bruce Spence), who tells him of a compound that's producing fuel.

    Max brings the pilot along with him and studies the compound from atop a cliff. It seems a large gang also wants the gasoline and has been besieging the refinery for a long time now. They are a pack of madmen, led by the Humungus, a hugely muscular man who wears a hockey mask to cover his face. An attempt is made by the people inside the compound to find a rig large enough to haul the fuel but the effort is brought down when Humungus' men take down all the cars.

    Max, finding a perfect moment to strike a bargain, makes a deal with one of the survivors and makes it to the compound. Eventually, he makes another deal there, as he tells the people inside that in return for as much gasoline as he can carry, he'll bring the rig to them. What follows is classic edge-of-the-seat action entertainment.

    Having inspired dozens of rip-offs, The Road Warrior still remains the best of the bunch due to the great lead performance from Mel Gibson and the unrivalled car chases, which are very much worth mentioning. The movie begins with a rousing commentary over the events that led to the destruction of government. What follows next is a short and exciting car chase. True, the following half-hour does move by a bit slowly, but it all builds up to a lightning paced final 45 minutes.

    The final chase, in particular, is an exercise in action craftsmanship. Director George Miller has staged one of the most brilliant and downright exciting action scenes ever. So many spectacular stunts and on-road carnage occur during this sequence, to describe it simply wouldn't do it justice.

    Miller's cinematography is decidedly Un-Hollywood. He gives us many breathtaking camera angles, some of which are sometimes a bit shaky, which serves to make the action even more involving. Looking back at the film now, it might not appeal to a wide range of viewers. The odd characters (mainly the villains), ultra-violence, dark tone, and the sparse dialogue may seem a little too offbeat for some people.

    Mel Gibson remains the only world-renowned actor in the whole film. He does a terrific job as the character Max, one of his best and most interesting characters. The development of Max is another intriguing component of The Road Warrior, and serves the film by giving it a human edge by featuring Max's slow transformation from loner to savior. Not only that, Gibson also creates a great action hero. There's not a moment in the film when we aren't rooting for Max to smash Humungus and his gang. Bruce Spence as the gyro-pilot is decent in his role and offers the film's few humorous moments.

    Virginia Hey is also pretty good as the Warrior Woman, and though the script doesn't exactly give her a lot to do, she plays the part well. Mike Preston also shows a lot of honor as the compound's leader.

    On the other side of the equation are the actors who portray the villains. Surprisingly enough, though the characters are outlandish, no one ever goes over-the-top. Vernon Wells and Kjell Nilson are absolutely menacing and frightening as the lead villains, Wez and Humungus. They personify evil itself, creating characters who we truly grow to despise.

    To be honest, I am a little surprised that the critics enjoyed this every bit as much as I did. The film doesn't delve very deeply into philosophical issues and doesn't exactly have a lot of grand things to say. I suppose with the acclaim this film received goes to show that critics do truly watch movies primarily for entertainment.

    As I mentioned before, the film was the benchmark of a genre that grew in popularity. The premise of a loner helping a group of people in need has been used a bit too much now. Most notably is the big-budget flop, Waterworld (which is a good movie I recommend), though none have yet to match the outright intensity of The Road Warrior.
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    Now I give this movie a 10 out of 10. I used to only give it an 8. Why the change? Easy. I watched the little things.

    Those of you who haven't seen it, stop reading now. But for those of you who have...

    The first 8 of that ten comes from spectacular action sequences. Anyone can see those. What the other 2 points comes from is the subtle things that director George Miller slipped in there that you would only notice the second time you watch.

    Missed by almost everyone else's comments is that "The Road Warrior" is simply a locked room puzzle. The good guys have the gas and want to escape from their compound to "the coast." But if they try to leave, they will surely be killed by the savages waiting outside who only want their gas. Their solution is completely unexpected, yet when you watch it again, it is telegraphed the entire movie.

    For instance, when Pappagallo is giving an inspirational speech to the good guys about how "that vehicle" is going to haul their gas to the coast, the vehicle in the background is NOT the tanker, as it should be, but instead the school bus that eventually takes them, and the gas, to freedom.

    And what will the tanker be hauling? Notice the day before the escape when Pappagallo talks about driving the tanker with Max. He stares blankly into an hourglass, filled with SAND. He already knows he's not coming back, as his diversionary tactic will surely get him killed.

    Anyone who claims "The Road Warrior" is merely a testosterone-laden guy flick should watch it again. What it REALLY is is the tightest, smartest, pure-action movie ever made. No moment is without significance. No moment is wasted. It is a testament that every post-apocalyptic movie is referred to as "The-Road-Warrior-on-'x'." The next time you watch it, REALLY watch it. You'll find there's more there than you ever thought there was before.
  • But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior. By this time, many people have forgotten that this set the standard for kinetic action on the roadways. The memories fade as the years go by, new action films are released, such as "Speed"(94), which seem to set new standards. But, it's not really the case. The Road Warrior has yet to be bested, and no amount of money, computer technology or loud noises will ever accomplish the deed. Nothing will ever capture the apocalyptic intensity or, most of all, the sheer elegance of combat on the roads, as depicted here. "Raiders of the Lost Ark"(81), for example, captured a more frenetic goofy-style action, also relentless, but not with the level of tension. It's exciting, sure, but it doesn't tie your stomach up in knots, leaving you drained yet begging for more.

    The sequel to "Mad Max"(79) - also a unique, tense experience - begins with an unusual prologue, giving the viewers a historical background on only half the screen. We are set up for a bombastic adventure, created as a new mythology for our perusal. Iconic figures abound, beginning with Max (Gibson) himself, of course. Here is the quintessential wandering loner hero/cowboy/samurai: he is striking - damaged both physically & mentally - but an ultimate survivor. Here are his foes: a scarred, massively-muscled atomic-age conqueror and his dogs, garbed in battle-dress for instant death and destruction. Here is his conscience: the last vestiges of civilization grouped in a makeshift fort for a final gasp of decency. When these three factions clash, it's the end of the world as we know it. Welcome to the new world of The Road Warrior.

    The Road Warrior influenced the sub-genre of post-holocaust science fiction throughout the eighties. There were numerous imitators, mostly low-budget efforts, and none of them came close to succeeding at this level. I hope not too many people continue to forget where it all began for this thrilling corner of the sci-fi adventure genre. It is to our downfall and regret that we forget.
  • My life fades. The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos. Ruined dreams. This wasted land. But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior...

    What can be said that hasn't already? The Road Warrior is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular action films ever made. It's very rare that I grant the score of 10 for a movie, but this one gets it and deserves it. From the opening imagery and narration, it almost seems like we're watching an alternate reality rather than a future sci-fi film, much unlike Mad Max's "A FEW YEARS FROM NOW..." prologue. This was a film that inspired countless ripoffs and wannabes; perhaps imitation is the most sincere form of flattery (I was secretly hoping the Y2K computer bug would destroy society so that I could put on my black leather jacket, get a pair half-pair] of football shoulder pads, and a sawed-off shotgun so I could drive around the desert and kill people for their gasoline).

    I've always loved movies presenting larger-than-life heroes. Indiana Jones, Conan, Dirty Harry, Flash Gordon, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Robocop, whoever Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee play, John McClain ... the list goes on and on. But Mel Gibson's Mad Max is #1 on my list of the greatest action movie protagonists of all-time.
  • Studio executives today could use a film like this one, or its predecessor right about now. The Mad Max films were thrown together with great skill on absolutely shoestring budgets and made a king's ransom in profits. Nowadays we just seem to get one big-budget failure after another, as the box office slump now extends into its fourteenth week.

    Mad Max 2 (or The Road Warrior, as it is commonly called here in the USA) is an extraordinary sight to behold. The story centers on a loner (Mel Gibson) who roams the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia in search of gasoline so he can... I guess just keep driving. He is a man who lost his wife and child to a murderous gang of bikers in the previous film. He seems to be without a soul, or any feeling for his fellow man. One day he corners a man who tells him about a refining community besieged by a gang of ruthless outlaws. Thirsty for the large amount of fuel this community has, Max barters his way inside. To his dismay, the community has no plans to let him just take the fuel and run. They use him to provide them with a vehicle "big enough to haul that fat tank of gas", and by the climax of the film, he is driving the fuel through a gang of about fifty or more savages looking to take it for themselves. Max never really endears himself to anyone, but you can feel the humanity within him as he volunteers to drive the tanker. After just surviving a horrendous accident he can barely walk, but he knows he's their only chance.

    This film is absolutely breathtaking. The characters we meet inside the walls of the refining community are stubborn and resourceful, but just not strong enough to deal with "that vermin on machines" waiting outside for them. The vicious gang holding the community hostage are a motley crew of desperadoes. Many are dressed like WWE combatants. Some are even dressed in MFP uniforms similar to what Max and his fellow officers wore in part one. Are they former cops gone bad, or did they murder the cops to get the uniforms? We are never told. The script refers to these men as "GAYBOY BERSERKERS". The various motorcycles, hot rods, and trucks used in the film have to be seen to be believed. Maybe more fuel-efficient vehicles would be a better idea for a world so short on fuel! But these souped-up vehicles make for some great chase scenes! You have to hand it to the stunt men who worked on this film. With no CGI to do the work for them, many of them were putting their lives at risk each day. Both stunt team leaders Max Aspin and Guy Norris were severely injured during filming. Aspin was driving the car that went airborne after we see the driver shot in the back with the four-way arrow gun. I believe he suffered a concussion when it landed just short of the fortress wall. Norris shattered his ankle after being launched off a motorcycle and sent flying through the air in one spectacular shot during the final chase scene.

    The film has a great soundtrack, as well by Brian May. (Not the guy from Queen) Not too many lines are spoken throughout the film, but so what? This is a film about action, and it's a treat to watch it any time. The Hound will give it 10 of 10 stars. What a way to introduce American moviegoers to Mel Gibson!!
  • The first time I saw this at a friends recommendation was in 1985 on our brand new VHS vcr. I was absolutely blown away by it at the age of 16 and I still watch every few months on DVD now.I would give anything to see this on a big screen. This movie started a real trend for a lot of real crappy B movies to follow unfortunately and Mel Gibson has called this movie with an apologetic shrug 'classy B-grade trash' which is sad because it would prove to be his best movie by far. What I truly liked about this film was its lack of dialogue and how it was smart enough to let its settings, action and costumes do the talking. Perhaps this is why Gibson didn't have much praise for it because he is merely a representation of the Western gunslinger in the film. I liked how there was a sketchy explanation of how the world got into such an apocalyptic mess and lets the viewer make their own conclusion to that end. It's not important anyways. The lack of ammunition is indicated quickly through the Wez's use of a wrist-strapped crossbow, the very preciousness of gasoline is established quickly as well by Max's anxious mopping up of it and capturing it in a few make-shift items including a dusty soldier's helmet.

    The original Mad Max had too much dialogue and proved problematic for the 18 year old Gibson to convey the emotion of losing his family and best friend. It had it's moments but in the end it lost it's impact due to it's own clumsy attempt at trying to establish the family-man Max. The Road Warrior didn't try to attempt any deep characterizations, the pain and suffering was quick and obvious, the need to just survive in this stark world conveyed through a few spoken words and violent actions. George Miller got it right with this one, unfortunately he had to make Mad Max first to get to Mad MaxII and horribly had to make Mad MaxIII.
  • I think this may be the greatest 'car movie' ever made. The chase scenes are gritty and thrilling, and quite realistic. None of that 'car falls over cliff and blows up' crap.

    In the fighting/war scenes, it plays a perfect balance between hidden action and open action, never overselling the gore nor underselling the violence.

    The plot is an excuse to have a long highway battle, but I'm not complaining. It's vaguely feasible enough that you don't worry much about it, just accept it as a needed background to hang the fun stuff on. Oh, to be a stunt driver in this movie! Or even to be a mechanic! That would be a story to tell your children.

    This is every driving fantasy I've ever had, and played perfectly. I know that certainly flavors my review, but tell me that movies which are cathartic for you haven't affected YOU that way?

    Bottom line: thin plot, heavy action, decent characterization. Symbolism absent, directness the rule of the day. Jump on this bandwagon and ram something. Fun all the way.
  • jaidev22-111 February 2005
    Iam a big action move fan and have seen mostly all the best and worst Hollywood action films ever.But for some reason i still don't know why i kept ignoring this movie for years in spite of hearing so many good things about. sure, i like Mel Gibson, I've seen all the lethal weapon movies.My dad always told me that the first 2 mad max movies are great but i kept ignoring these movies and man i was SO wrong.This weekend i had nothing great to rent and i rented the first 2 mad max films and yes i was blown away. These movies are light years ahead of all the modern action movies, the camera work the setting sound effects ,editing everything is just superb. mad max 2 is a legendary action film for me and I am going to add this to my collection.It's not filled up with unnecessary action but when it starts it blows u away. Mel Gibson was great . Now I am interested in watching all George miller movies , i don't know how many else he has made. If u r looking for a great action movie, pick this one. U will love it.

    8 on 10.
  • Violent movie about a futuristic road-warrior cop with high-velocity action and kinetic energy .This classic is set a few years from now, a dangerous, desolate post-industrial world of the future where rules the strongest law . It concerns about the ex-police named Max (Mel Gibson), some cutthroats and revenge takes place. The nasties attack , rape, ravage to hapless and unfortunates. But vengeance will be terrible against some bands of depraved crazies thirsty for blood on high facility roads. A group (commanded by Mike Preston) located at an oil fortress is besieged by motorised warlords looking for fuel and they'll have to fight against the cutthroats, a band of depraved crazies (Vernon Welles and several others) thirsty for blood and survive some battles to-the-death with lots of blood and gore, including throating-slit ,beheading, impaling and blow up.

    This exciting picture packs kinetic action , thrills, chills, shocks and abundant violence. Spectacular stunt-work plenty of motorcycle races, cars with bounds and leaps and explosions . Top-notch Mel Gibson as revenger angel at one of his first main roles, he embarks a spectacular escape against vicious murderous. Rumbling and screeching musical score fitting to action by Brian May. Special and weird futuristic atmosphere created by cameraman Dean Semler who reflects splendidly the barren outdoors. The motion picture is stunningly directed by George Miller, author of the excellent post-apocalypse ¨Mad Max¨ trilogy along with the writer and producer Byron Kennedy. It's followed by ¨Mad Max beyond Thunderdome¨ with Tina Turner, George Ogilvie, Frank Thring and again Bruce Spence as sympathetic helicopter pilot. In addition, numerous imitations as the recent ¨Doomsday¨(2008, Neal Marshall), rip offs, and exploitations ,especially Italians products. Rating : Good, better than average, this is one of the most successful Aussie movie of all time. This remarkable action film will appeal to Science Fiction buffs. Rating : 8'5, Above average. Well worth watching.
  • For those who have not seen any of the Max Max films, do yourself a favor and get to your local rental store. Max Max 2 or The Road Warrior as released in the United States, is undoubtedly one of the greatest action films I have ever seen. Starring a young Mel Gibson, who plays the title character, Max, this film is practically at the pinnacle of action films, surpassed only by a few select others. But moving on, this movie quite simply rocks! The setting is a post-apocalyptic world where fuel is hard to come by and so is human life, for that matter. Max, having moved on from tragedy in the first film, (you really shouldn't be reading this if you haven't seen the first one) has now become a Road Warrior, wandering the desert landscapes aimlessly. He eventually finds a small, surviving settlement with a surplus of fuel. However, the town is repeatedly terrorized by a gang of outlaw motorcyclists, led by Lord Humungus. Through a series of staggering events, Max becomes involved with the town's efforts to finally rid themselves of the biker gang. The performances are good enough to propel the film forward and Mel Gibson does a great job reprising the role he made famous in the first installment. The embittered Max and the hopefuls in the town play well off each other and bring dramatic character interaction, uncommon for many present action films.

    But of course, the film's scenes of brilliance arrive in the form of its action sequences. The action is choreographed well and Max is unrelenting as are the members of the biker gang. The ending sequence is one of the most memorable action portions I have ever seen in any film, past or present. The music played throughout balances and abets the action sequences, adding a furious intensity. Even scenes with the motorcycle gang feature hard-metal rock that suits the tone of the film well. Needless to say, the film seriously delivers all the way to the finish line.

    The shots of the post-apocalyptic world are frightening and barren, giving a glimpse into what could be. Panoramic shots of the wasteland are featured and even signs of hope are doled out by the camera crew. Of course, this film's true merit will always be its action but where other action films fail with sloppy camera work and boring characters and plot lines, Mad Max 2 succeeds, giving the great journey of a debilitated man and a secluded group. And through all these components, Max Max 2 rises above the rest of the films in the action genre.

    Ultimately, this film is one of the best action films of all time. It doesn't place all its eggs in that basket, mind you; it features memorable characters, a well-developed setting, and an incredible story. It belongs to a select list of films where a sequel outdoes the predecessor. Max Max 2 is better than the first in every way and stands out on its own as an exceptional action film.
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    Mad Max 2 (or The Road Warrior, as it is frequently referred to) is a visually impressive, thinly plotted action movie that does what it sets out to do with a great deal of success. Let it be noted from the start this film isn't trying to be the twentieth century answer to Shakespeare. The objective here is to present high-octane action and stunts in the most eye-popping, visceral manner possible. Within the parameters of its own agenda, Mad Max 2 is a great film. If you come to the film seeking great depth, ongoing characterisation, clever dialogue and such like, you won't find what you're looking for. If you want to experience an exhilarating action film – and, let's face it, we all need to watch films for entertainment every now and again – then Mad Max 2 delivers by the tanker-load!

    Following the death of his wife and child, former Australian traffic cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) has become a scavenger who cruises the lawless roads of post-apocalypse Oz in search of fuel. Every time he finds an abandoned or crashed vehicle, he uses bowls, bottles and other such containers to bleed off whatever precious fuel may be left in it. The roads are riddled with similar scavengers, some of whom are even more violent and desperate than Max. Following a dramatic pursuit against a group that includes the fearsome, mohican-wearing Wez (Vernon Wells), Max befriends a man who pilots a primitive form of chopper, known simply as the Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence). The Gyro Captain guides Max to a nearby oil depot in the middle of the desert, populated by a bunch of relatively law-abiding and fair-minded people. However, the depot is under constant threat from a gang of marauders who circle it day and night, taunting those inside with threats of violence and torture, and capturing the desperate few who occasionally try to drive away from the oil compound in a bid for freedom. Among this gang of sadists is Wez, but he is nothing compared to the gang leader – a terrifying masked goliath known as the Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). Max manages to get into the oil depot, where he offers his assistance to the defenders within if they will give him some fuel in return.

    Mad Max 2 features a number of good points. The costumes are imaginative, the vehicles are intriguing, the setting looks appropriately bleak - while it is most definitely a low-budget film (admittedly, though, slightly more expensive-looking than Part One), the makers have come up with ingenious ways of concealing their limited funds. Performance-wise, the script doesn't ask much of the cast, although Gibson demonstrates a degree of charisma and Spence as the Gyro Captain turns in a weird but arresting acting job. Perhaps the most memorable performance comes from a young lad named Emil Minty, who plays the Feral Kid (a strange, animalistic boy who protects his people with a razor-sharp boomerang!) The stunt work is absolutely incredible, more so when one reflects that there are no fancy computer generated effects here, just a lot of meticulously prepared stunts and crashes performed by a team of extraordinarily brave stunt drivers. Also noteworthy is the intense music by Brian May. Mad Max 2 is violent, trashy, fast-paced fun – a film that doesn't set itself ambitions above its station, and is all the better for it. Perhaps the best of the trilogy.
  • This action film is not only one of the best post apocalyptic fantasy films ever, but it was one of the best action films ever. It was great until they decided to insert Tine Turner and later reboot with a woman instead of a man (sigh the cliches...)

    Mad Max 2 was thrilling, scary, non-stop, interesting, men were men and women were women hot, thin and sexy
  • Samiam311 August 2010
    Mad Max 2, or the Road Warrior if you will, begins with something that the first Mad Max probably should have started with; a little setting exposition. All we knew at the beginning of the first was that is was set a few years in the future, in the Australian desert. This time we are told that it is a post apocalyptic future, overrun by biker gangs, and a drop of fuel is worth more than gold.

    The ending of Mad Max was disappointing but there was the promise of something epic to come. this is it. Now that we have gotten to know Mad Max, it's time for him to become a hero, and while he only has half as much to say in this one, he has five times as much to do. Max helps an isolated oil community fight back against an invading biker gang led by a goon in a Gladiator's helmet. He must help them to get to a paradise two thousand miles away, driving their precious oil tanker, while a battery of fire power and arrows comes after them.

    With so many wheels on the desert road, it's no wonder than Mad Max 2 kicks up more dust than any action film around, The climax is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg's Duel, only far more epic. For a b-movie, it gets quite intense, and even though the ending comes a bit quickly, there is a sense of closure to this one, but we are still left excited for more.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" starts more or less where the first Mad Max movie ended. Since his wife and child were murdered by a gang of bikers he's completely on his own, driving trough the Australian desert. But one thing has changed: after an apocalyptic nuclear war, much hasn't been left of the country and the most precious good in the world is now petrol. Wars are being fought for it between gangs of strange bikers and people who try to survive and protect the precious fluid with their lives. When Max stumbles on a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery, he helps them to escape and survive the gang attacks, but for a price...

    Personally I liked the second movie more than the first one. I guess that is because it dared to be more innovative and creative. If you watch the biker gang, the group of honest people, the entire world and environment in fact, then you'll notice that the creators have taken more of their time to make it all look a lot better than in the first movie. The main reason for that may well be that they had a much larger budget than with the first movie of course.

    Even though it is still the best to watch the movies in the correct order to fully understand what is going on, you can also watch them separately. They can be seen as movies on their own and when you do so, you'll still understand everything of the story. Anyway, this is a good action / Sci-Fi movie that had plenty of good things to offer. A good story, some nice acting, a lot of well developed action scenes... made it all look very good and professional. I enjoyed watching this movie and that's why I give it a 7/10, perhaps even a 7.5/10.
  • I propose that every action movie director be required to watch these movies. The tetrology is everything that action movies should be: fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping, and borderline insane but also geographically-minded, well-shot, weighted, and artistic. When people talk about the beauty in a post-apocalyptic future, this is what comes to mind. The landscapes are stark, the world cruel, the conditions demanding. But not so much that you can't take a step back and admire them. George Miller, you are a master.

    When I watched Happy Feet a few years back, I enjoyed it fine. But I was shocked to learn that it was made by the man who made these masterpieces. Now, every time I watch that movie, I expect gritty trucks to burst into the colorful frames and start running over the penguins. Kudos to Mr. Miller for managing to make an impact on both animation and live-action, there are not many people who can claim that.

    One would think those movies unconnected to these masterpieces. But think about it. If you're an animation buff like me, you know that animation often uses many different angles to establish the landscapes they have created, planting them firmly in your mind. Do you know what other movie series makes extensive use of that? This one. They may be tangentially connected, but they are connected nonetheless.

    And as a last note before I go from this series as a whole to the particular movie that I am today reviewing: no, I have not seen the latest movie in the franchise. I hear it is fantastic and I plan to pick it up on DVD, but it was a bit inconvenient for me to go to the theatre for the time in which it was widely playing. With that in mind, I do say that this is the best of the original three movies and the one most people think of when they think of Mad Max. It is such to the original trilogy of these movies what the Dark Knight is to the Dark Knight Trilogy.

    Actually, TDKT is an appropriate comparison for more reasons than that: both first entries are remembered and loved. Both second entries are stunning pictures that form the majority of the public's opinion of the series. And the third movie is a widely contested entry that probably receives more of a hatedom than it deserves thanks primarily to the fact that they did not live up to the heights of the previous two movies.

    There is a reason that this is the film that people think of when Mad Max pops into their head. It has a style all its own. While the first movie saw the world falling into disrepair, this movie goes full out dystopian and is better for it. The colors, the people, the ideas, the use of gasoline as a resource as valuable as water: these ideas do not belong exclusively to the Mad Max franchise, but they are as tied to it as the Empire State Building is to NYC. Mel Gibson, though he delivers fine, stoic performances in these movies is not essential to making a Mad Max movie. These things are. And this movie has them in spades.

    To explain the plot would be an insult to the film. These are not Fincher movies and they do not try to be. The plot is as basic as the plot to an eighties video game. Go here. Do this. Pick up that. Bring it back here. Defeat the villain. The characters are not even much more defined tan your standard hero from that decade of gaming. The acting is not bad. But there is simply not much acting to be done. This is not a bad thing. Not in this movie, at least. Instead, it allows all the focus to put onto the two elements that define a Mad Max movie like the Burj Khalifa defines the current skyline of Dubai: action and atmopshere.

    And oh is this film filled with it. I wanted to sink into the film within the first ten minutes of my first watching. And it helped me do it. To go back to how some of Miller's strengths fit animation perfectly, almost every great animated movie that I've watched, particularly the Miyazaki films, have created a world that my mind could and wanted to absorb. But there are only a handful of live-action movies for which I can say the same. I love the Social Network (to pull a great film out of the air) but I would never say that it strikingly consumed my soul. But this movie did.

    At the end of the day, the only thing I have to say is, "Wow, Miller, wow." For my money (not that I have a lot of it), he is the best action director of our time. Fury Road may have taught that fact to my generation but it has been true for decades on end. There are few movies that are more startling, stirring, and arousing than this one. In fire and sand, it carves its way into movie mythos. It is a film that deserves to be studied and learned from for as long as the art of cinema seeks to remain that, an art. Any day in which this film is watched is a lovely day indeed.
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    Mad Mad 2, The Road Warrior never fails to impress. A low budget masterpiece of film-making. The films gritty kinetic energy is done out on an open highway in an Australian Desert. A Future of no law...of no order...of pure survival amongst those who wish to keep humanity alive. The film is more advanced than it's predecessor, toning down on the words and focusing on the action. It also utilizes Mel Gibson's youthful heroic image without cliché. He is a wonderful hero and creation.

    The film is a marvel to look upon at times with it's rapid cuts and car stunts. The actors all fit well into this world of chaos especially the little Feral boy and his boomerang. Sexual images emerge throughout and the homo erotic undertones lie very close to the subconscious.

    The Antagonists and Protagonists play well off each other. Evil vs Good. The evil in this film is scary!!! A future after a Mass Destruction where Gasoline is Gold and Humanity is an endangered species.

    One of my favorite films.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Before you read, this review may point out specific key plot points and action scenes that may spoil you experience, or not. Viewer's discretion is advised.

    George Miller's Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a full-on, pedal to the metal action movie that combines stripped down visual storytelling and kinetic-infused set pieces that, 35 years later, holds up to both the recent entry Mad Max: Fury Road and every other action blockbuster since. It's an immersive experience because you watch it and feel everything that is going on; whether it's involving a character moment or a set piece, it creates a memorable experience.

    Max is a lone warrior drifting the post-apocalyptic outback. He meets another weird survivor who takes him to a gas community base, where everyday the residents fight onslaughts of marauder gangs who desperately want the gasoline. Should Max set out to help these people in need, or ride off alone into the wasteland?

    The stripped down storytelling only focuses on Max, while secondary characters are underdeveloped; however, they still provide key moments of action and story progression. For example: the main villain Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson) has a strange costume that includes a hockey mask that looks anonymously tough, gritty and little else, and we know nothing about him or his history aside from fleeting background details. Also, his physical appearance tells the audience what they need to know- he must have gone through some traumatic experience which made him feel desensitized, and provoked to become massively intimidating. Another example would be the FERAL KID because when we first see him on screen, he is interested in Max's mysteriousness. He is also responsible for revealing Max's human side. Later on in the film's climax, you can clearly see a bond between Max and Feral Kid when being attacked by the goons.

    The immersive action sequences instill a kinetic vibe in the audience that echoes through the film. The practical special effects, in the words of Fury Road's Imperator Furiosa, deliver the hurt. This includes massive vehicular choreography and organic stunt work: the climactic tanker chase at the end of the movie has some of the biggest and loudest crashes. The pace and speed of the film has a kinetic adrenaline effect on the senses, an effect similar to what cocaine or methamphetamine might do. This pace is realized with bursts of hyper speed editing: in those moments, the edits build up to violence. In the first tanker chase scene, Max bumps a marauder's vehicle and right before it crashes, the speed edit occurs, the car hurtling into a group and killing his cohort.

    George Miller's direction is masterly executed and is a cinematic experience for film goers who enjoy-or expect more- from the R-rated genre movies of the 1980s. It's bigger, louder, and faster than its predecessor, with a higher budget and epic car chases, and prolonged set pieces that are even more visceral than Mad Max's. The action feels painful, scary, and has consequences if the survivors that are fighting make a wrong move. Thus, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the landmark action movie that resulted in two more sequels, has had a cultural impact on the apocalyptic genre, and has become one of the greatest action movies of all time.
  • The Road Warrior (a.k.a. Mad Max 2) is one of the seminal action movies to come out of the 1980s. It singlehandedly created the post-apocalypse genre and the look of said genre that still remains to this day.

    George Miller's direction in this sequel to Mad Max is of the highest caliber and the movie never even slows down to catch its breath. The greatest pleasure with a movie like this is that it's done in a pre-CGI world so the stunt work and chases are practical and as real as you can get for a movie. Show any fan of action the 18-minute finale and they'll be sold.

    The podcast Don and his Amazing Friend just released an audio commentary for this episode which is pretty great. You can find it on You Tube or on their website ( They have some great information and the episode can be watched with or without viewing the movie at the same time.

    And obviously...if you loved The Road Warrior be sure to see Mad Max: Fury Road to witness what George Miller is still capable of creating with a massive budget behind him.
  • Neil Marshall, who happens to be one of my favourite directors, actually failed to create any real excitement in his 80s homage 'Doomsday'. It copied a lot of elements from the Mad Max films, but it didn't work out. 'Road Warrior' managed to be silly, funny, scary, exciting, and altogether outrageous, but it was a delight to watch from beginning to end. It's one of those films that venture into the territory of utter silliness and somehow make it work. It is a rare achievement, and I applaud the filmmakers for what they accomplished with 'Road Warrior'.

    The humour in the film is rather crude, but still most enjoyable. I find it astonishing that they put a bald bodybuilder with a mask and SM-outfit in the film and somehow made it work. Moreover the bodybuilder proceeds to put a maniac with bare butt cheeks into an arm lock and then chains him to a car as punishment for misbehaving, and yet the film remains enjoyable and the action believable. We remain in the universe the film creates, despite its outrageous character. And that is an incredible accomplishment.

    What really makes the film work are the action sequences. There is a lot of driving here, and although I am no fan of car chases, these chases I absolutely loved. There are great stunts here, no CGI, no cheap tricks. These stunts are real and the action is well choreographed. I give this film ten stars simply for managing to ride that fine line between great entertainment and utter silliness. As many other films proved, it's a hard line to ride.
  • The original imho is so much better. The first Mad Max is an futuristic tragedy/vengeance movie. This one is action packed desert/fur/spikes&horns movie - I guess I am just not a fan of all that... It's good, but imo not as good as the 1st one. I know the majority thinks different though. Sorry
  • One of the best movies in the saga, full of action, adventure, good actors and many good special effects. One of the best films of the '80s, with one of the best movie stories. I highly recommend it
  • This movie is significantly better than its predecessor. The action is much better, as well as the plot. The only things I didn't like about this movie was that it didn't make sense that the villains were smart enough to shoot out the tires but dumb enough to constantly waste fuel and that there is barely any dialogue. If the narration was consistently present throughout the entire film, it would probably have been more entertaining. However, more actual dialogue probably would have made the movie worse. The action is well-choreographed, and the characters are interesting and mysterious. This isn't the greatest movie ever, but its entertaining and that's what matters.
  • In the wake of the international success of Mad Max, the Hollywood machine was eager to make dollars out of its director and primary star. While George Miller is not remembered nearly as well as Mel Gibson, he is by a long road the better director. With car chase sequences that are equalled by few and surpassed by none, Mad Max 2 clearly shows why. Beginning with a narrative wrap-up (and explanation) of the events in the original film, Mad Max 2 soon shows that things have not improved since then. Things have become steadily worse. As fuel has become steadily more scarce, roving gangs have searched out any fuel source they can. You can see this difficulty when Max is trying to soak up the fuel from a crashed truck. After fighting off one gang of would-be thieves, he finds himself fighting and enslaving a somewhat eccentric helicopter pilot. The real fun begins when said helicopter pilot leads him out to a compound in the middle of the desert, where one small group has mastered refining fuel to the point where they have attracted the attention of some unsavoury types.

    Max, never one to pass on exploiting a situation to his benefit, watches as the refiners try sending out scouts to find a truck that will haul their big tank of fuel. When one of the scouts is left for dead, Max brings him back to his friends, hoping to trade his life for some fuel. When this scout dies, Max finds himself without a leg to stand on, in the figurative sense, until their leader finds himself arguing with his people about their worsening situation. When he hears about how they need a truck to pull the tank, a light goes on above his head, and he proposes to them that he take some of their fuel back to the tanker he spotted at the beginning of the film, then drive the truck back to them in exchange for all the fuel he can carry in his old interceptor. When they take him up on the offer, he literally smashes his way through the barricade, collects his car, and drives off into the sunset.

    It sounds like a pretty boring and straightforward plot so far, but wait, there is a lot more. When the bad guys intercept him and run him off the road, he finds himself badly broken. They kill his dog, but then they make the mistake of trying to rip off his fuel, which triggers the bomb set up in earlier chapters. Without his car and his dog, Max is left in the desert to die, until the eccentric helicopter pilot he has previous been so mean to rescues him and takes him back to the refiners' compound. Having a big change of heart, he volunteers to drive the massive tanker. The refiners are skeptical at first, but they divide their force in half, let the attackers go after their tanker, and send most of their non-combatants in the opposite direction. It still sounds very straightforward and non-layered, and it is, but what this amounts to is setup for around half an hour of the best car chases captured on film. The Blues Brothers and Ronin have scenes that compare well, but nothing compares for sheer cost-to-effect ratio.

    Once this final scene with the truck and more cares than one can shake a stick at gets underway, mayhem ensues. Grapping hooks, crossbows, spears, and any other weapon you can imagine that does not require gunpowder is used. There are even a few shots with weapons that do require gunpowder. Some of the photography is not entirely stable, but this is soon forgotten as most of the shots are composed in a fashion that gives the eye a million things to do. Every shot is dynamic and brilliantly composed. It is little wonder that among cinematographers, one of the least celebrated professions in film-making, Dean Semler is legend. While Mad Max 2 did not set a record for profit like the original, one will never guess that it was made for a mere four million Australian dollars. That it made more than five times its budget in the USA, as an independent release, is certainly a testament to the film's entertainment value. Yes, there is a lot of exposition in search of a massive chase scene, but there is not a single moment in the film where one can rightly claim to be bored.

    I gave Mad Max 2 a ten out of ten. It is probably the best thing I can ever recommend to car crash junkies, and stands as an excellent example of how one does not need to spend Africa's yearly food budget to make a good film. Finding the full, uncut version is a feat in itself, but a very rewarding one.
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