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The Road Warrior (1982)

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Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by George Miller

A strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently … see full wiki

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Director: George Miller
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Turn It Up to the Max

  • Sep 24, 2006
Following the success of MAD MAX, director and writer George Miller re-teamed with Mel Gibson to make this follow-up to one of most successful and profitable independent movies in history. Originally titled MAD MAX 2, the movie was retitled ROAD WARRIOR for the American release because though MAD MAX had been a huge success overseas, it hadn't made it beyond art house theatres in the U.S.

For those who have seen MAD MAX, ROAD WARRIOR offers some subtle nods to the past film, such as certain designs in Max's outfit and the famous Interceptor that he drives. Yet, ROAD WARRIOR isn't the type of sequel that requires the viewer to have seen the previous picture.

The vicious and gritty world of Max Rockatansky has taken a turn for the worse in ROAD WARRIOR. The world is even more chaotic and petrol has become more precious than food or water. Max has become a lone wanderer, traveling from place to place, fighting just to survive. He believes that his past days as a man of law and order and who fights to do the right thing has been put behind him. After an interchange with some new bandits, Max finds himself in the midst of small group of good and honest people who run a small oil refinery. Appealing to his sense of law, goodness, and justice they convince him to help them in making their escape from a cut-throat gang of bike terrorists with their entire fuel supply.

ROAD WARRIOR was the movie that basically introduced Mel Gibson to U.S. movie audiences and it was the film that made him a star. It was the most successful of the Mad Max films and for good reason. MAD MAX was a very good post-apocalyptic movie, but the movie had its limits. For instance almost 2/3rds of the planned chase and action scenes were cut from MAD MAX for budget restrictions. In ROAD WARRIOR the filmmakers were able to do many of the things they weren't able to in MAD MAX. Almost a third of the movie involves a massive chase sequence with a giant tanker, motorcycles, dune buggies, and sundry other vehicles. The action sequences are intense and full of adrenaline. The script is a more concise than in MAD MAX as well as less complex. Max's character is established early on and because this is just one incident in the legend of the "Road Warrior" very little other characterization is needed. The acting in the film isn't anything extraordinary, but it's not as cheesy as it could have been (see the MAD MAX BEYOND THE THUNDERDOME for that).

Overall an exciting post-apocalyptic movie that is full of action and a massive car chase in the desert. Recommended for fans of sci-fi and action movies as well as people interested in Mel Gibson and films that have a side note in movie history.

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