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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)

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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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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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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R
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Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Mel Gibson
as Max Rockatansky
Bruce Spence
as Gyro Captain
Emil Minty
as Feral Kid
Mike Preston
as Pappagallo
Kjell Nilsson
as Humungus
Virginia Hey
as Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen
as Curmudgeon
Moira Claux
as Big Rebecca
David Slingsby
as Quiet Man
Arkie Whiteley
as Lusty Girl
Steve J. Spears
as Mechanic
Max Phipps
as Toadie
William Zappa
as Farmer
Jimmy Brown
as Golden Youth
David Downer
as Wounded Man
Tyler Coppin
as Defiant Victim
Harold Baigent
as Narrator
Max Fairchild
as Broken Victim
Kristoffer Greaves
as Mechanic's Assistant
Michael Preston
as Pappagallo
Guy Norris
as Mohawk Biker with Bearclaw
Tony Deary
as Mohawk Biker
Anne Jones
as Tent Lover
James McCaedell
as Tent Lover
Kathleen McKay
as Young Woman
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Critic Reviews for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7)

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

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
ReelViews
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A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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