Mad Max 2 Road Warrior
  • Mad Max 2 Road Warrior
  • Mad Max 2 Road Warrior

Mad Max 2 Road Warrior

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Director: George Miller

Cast: George Miller, Mel Gibson, Virginia Hey, Syd Heylen

     
 

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Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (MelSee more details below

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Overview

Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (Mel Gibson) has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road battle with psychotic villain Wez (Vernon Wells), Max meets up with the odd Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence), who takes him to the camp of a sympathetic group led by Pappagallo (Mike Preston). As Pappagallo's people are camped at a refinery, Max plans to take their oil -- more precious than gold in this world -- but eventually joins them to fight a band of marauders led by the evil Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). The stunning climax features a heart-pounding chase scene involving an oil tanker-truck and a frenzied rush for the coast, with Humungus and his forces in hot pursuit. Nilsson is a scary villain, with huge muscles and a sinister pre-Jason hockey mask, but the stunt work is the key here, and it is more flamboyantly dynamic than ever, edited at breakneck pace and staged with manic fury by Miller and stunt coordinator Max Aspin. Savage and kinetic, Mad Max 2 is a must-see for action buffs.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Regina Raiford
Picture life after the apocalypse, and most likely, the vision will be the one found in director George Miller's high-octane sequel to 1979's Mad Max: the image of the Australian outback as a ravaged wasteland populated by packs of car-crazed nomads has imprinted itself indelibly on moviegoers' imaginations. In Road Warrior, the western goes punk, and the lone horseman becomes a leather-clad Mel Gibson tooling across a barren frontier in his car, defending a ragtag band of survivors from the tribe of ruthless scavengers who want their oil. Led by a faceless, magnum-armed giant known as Humungus, these savages battle settlers, not for land or livestock, but for fuel -- it is car culture taken to its most violent extreme, and director George Miller's riveting, breakneck-speed car chases are legendary. Mel Gibson, in the role that catapulted him to international stardom, is perfect as the stoic drifter; with Road Warrior, his Max entered the pantheon of mythic movie heroes.
All Movie Guide
Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) is a pure expression of cinematic existentialism. The characters spend their time driving through a barren, post-apocalyptic world looking for gasoline so that they can continue to drive around the desert and find more gasoline. Of course, there's an exciting action movie thrown in as well. The loner protagonist at the center of our attention is again Max (Mel Gibson), who in the first Mad Max lost his wife and child to a murderous bunch of thugs. Max retreats from society, living the life of a scavenger in the "wasteland." It might be a sci-fi setting, but Max is a direct descendant of classic Western and film noir antiheroes. He looks out for himself and only himself, and there's only a very fine line between him and the bad guys. The setup of the "reluctant savior" rescuing the stranded "villagers" is about as traditional a storyline as you can get, and the movie precedents are no less obvious: it's Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven (minus the six other guys). Following the success of this movie, Gibson became an international star. Talented writer/director George Miller has gone on to mixed financial success as a producer and director, but has consistently produced interesting and original material. The infamous Kevin Costner vehicle Waterworld is basically a remake of Mad Max II in an aquatic setting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0883929316403
Original Release:
1981
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
16,657

Special Features

Commentary by director George Miller and cinematographer Dean Semler; Introduction by Leonard Maltin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Virginia Hey Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen Curmudgeon
Emil Minty Feral Kid
Kjell Nilsson Humungus
Max Phipps Toadie
Vernon Wells Wez
David Slingsby Quiet Man
Steve J. Spears Mechanic
Bruce Spence Gyro Captain
Tyler Coppin Defiant Victim
Annie Jones Actor
Arkie Whiteley Lusty Girl
William Zappa Zetta
David Downer Nathan
Max Fairchild Broken Victim
Guy Norris Mohawk Biker with Bearclaw
Harold Baigent Narrator
Michael Preston Pappagallo
Jimmy Brown Golden Youth

Technical Credits
George Miller Director,Screenwriter
Max Aspin Stunts
Michael Balson Editor
Michael Chrigwin Editor
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director,Production Manager
Jeffrey Clifford Special Effects
Brian Hannant Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Byron Kennedy Producer
Brian May Score Composer
Bob McCarron Makeup
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Priest Special Effects
Dean Semler Cinematographer
David Stiven Editor
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Tim Wellburn Editor

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