Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Critic Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.
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Critic Reviews for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Exhilarating entertainment -- and a textbook for sophisticated, popular moviemaking.
A straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.
A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.
Director Miller keeps the pic moving with cyclonic force, photography by Dean Semler is first class, editing is supertight, and Brian May's music is stirring.
For pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece.
Audience Reviews for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a much better action film than its predecessor, but lacks a human element that was present in the original film. Outside of that one complaint, this is a better film in every way compared to the original. Better stunts, action sequences, special effects, cinematography, and pacing. The craftsmanship of this film is incredible and deserves applause. Mel Gibson doesn't get to do as much in this one and basically just walks around brooding, but the character is a certified bad ass. Since there's barely a story, the action is plenty and spectacular. Adrenaline junkies will love this. The Road Warrior is the rare superior sequel to a good film.
It may frustrate viewers looking for a well-defined plot, but for those who love fast cars and roaring engines, thrilling action and exciting stunts, it is as great as it can be, with exceptional post-apocalyptic sets and costumes that make everything look so over-the-top and unique.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior fuels up with even bigger spectacles and sequences of action and mayhem. George Miller escalates his post-apocalyptic sequel with gut-wrenching direction, a solid story, Mel Gibson's charm and a satisfying improvement above its predecessor. 4/5
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Quotes
|Mad Max:||You wanna get out of here? You talk to me.|
|Mad Max:||Two days ago I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You wanna get outta here? Talk to me.|
|Mad Max:||[Max loads his shotgun with a shell found on a dead body]|
|Gyro Captain:||How do we know that one's not a dud?|
|Mad Max:||[Max aims at the Captain's face] Find out.|
|Mad Max:||I'm just here for the gasoline.|
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