Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.
|Original Title||:||Mad Max 2|
|Release Date||:||December 24, 1981|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Kennedy Miller Productions|
|Writers||:||Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant|
|Casts||:||Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, Emil Minty, Virginia Hey, William Zappa, Arkie Whiteley, Steve J. Spears, Syd Heylen, Moira Claux, David Downer, David Slingsby, Kristoffer Greaves, Max Fairchild, Tyler Coppin|
|Plot Keywords||:||explosive, boomerang, mask, pilot, chase, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, deal, survivor, feral child, australia, community, ex-cop, truck, sequel, independent film, oil, wasteland, gang rape, motorcycle gang, violence, dog, desolate, cult film, oil refinery, music box, oil tanker, wanderer, ozploitation|
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.