Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1982

Mad Max 2

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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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After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max (Mel Gibson) drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from nomadic tribes that prey on outsiders. Falling into an encampment led by the relatively peaceful Pappagallo (Mike Preston), Max at first schemes to steal their oil, but soon becomes the group's reluctant defender against the hulking Humungus (Kjell Nilsson) and his ruthless marauders.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Spence
The Gyro Captain
Emil Minty
The Feral Kid
Kjell Nilsson
The Humungus
Virginia Hey
Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen
Curmudgeon
Moria Claux
Big Rebecca
Brian May
Original Music
Dean Semler
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David Stiven
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Tim Wellburn
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Critic Reviews for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (3)

  • Exhilarating entertainment -- and a textbook for sophisticated, popular moviemaking.

    August 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.

    June 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.

    May 30, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 30, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • 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.

    May 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Miller's choreography of his innumerable vehicles is so extraordinary that it makes Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark look like a kid fooling with Dinky Toys.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    David Pirie

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

  • Sep 17, 2017
    A little better than the first thanks to the story being more interesting, There was some nice violent action scenes, Great car chases full of fun well done stunts, And the ending was pretty good but I still found it a little dull when the action stops, I didn't care for any of the cast apart from Mel Gibson but the rest were just there to make the body count bigger, Same as the first as it's not a bad movie just I expected much more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2016
    Set in the world established by George Miller, the world has gone far worse than ever where people resort to tribalism. Along came the now drifter Max who protects a town from violent gang members in one of the most iconic car chase ever. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is one of the best sequels ever made that surpassed its predecessor, the minimal dialogue, the leather costumes, the set made out of junk and highly modified cars are just some of the best elements in the film. The final chase was the most thrilling ride I've ever had in a long time, the limit of rewatchablity doesn't exist!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2016
    A superior sequel that sets the series on the road to blockbusterdom, Mad Max 2 takes the action, humor, and verve revved up in the first film and maximum overdrives George Miller's unique vision into a highly entertaining and star-making series. Mad Max put the character on the map, but Road Warrior puts the franchise on the map.George Miller made his mark from the get-go by staging some gonzo bedlam, but - given a much bigger budget - he truly builds a world that effectively and giddily races away with filmgoers. His follow up, Fury Road, shares most of its DNA with this, the true franchise starting point. In this R-rated sci-fi actioner set in in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter (Gibson) agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. Movies like this don't happen by accident. Miller loves grindhouse theatrics, but his mastery of the form evinces a genius level understanding of classic cinema. With Mad Max 2, he does something that fellow B-movie maestro Roger Corman never accomplished: branding a star vehicle. Sure footed, steely cool, and deservedly cocksure, Mel Gibson emerges as a bona fide superstar with this edgy defining role. Bottom line: Apocalypto Now!
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    By far the best of the Mel Gibson installments and one of the best action films of all time. The Road Warrior is a giant improvement over its predecessor, featuring really cool action sequences, great abundance of characters, cool villain as well as Mel Gibson being badass as ever in this installment!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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