Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Mad Max 2

Mad Max 2 (known as The Road Warrior in the U.S.) is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film. Directed by Australian doctor-turned-director George Miller, this sequel to Miller's 1979 film Mad Max - in this case, I liked the sequel much better than the original - was a worldwide box office success launching the career of Mel Gibson. The movie is the story of a community of settlers who must defend themselves against a band of marauders. It follows a psychological "Western" frontier movie motif, and Max is a hardened man who rediscovers his humanity when he decides to help the settlers.

Mel Gibson plays Max, a former police officer who sought vengeance against the gang who killed his family. Max rides through the desert in a scarred, black, supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special, scavenging for food and gasoline, which has become a precious commodity. He also has a pet dog (a blue heeler), who has been his only companion, and a rare functioning firearm — a sawed-off shotgun — the ammunition for which is also scarce.

I really enjoy this movie because of all the action, and of course, the fast car!

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