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『マッドマックス』の続編ですが、主人公が共通するカーバトル映画というだけで内容はまったく別モノ。購入したのはアメリカ公開版だったもので冒頭のタイトルクレジットは『The Road Warrior』。こちらの方が内容にぴったり。
Running Time: 91 Minutes.
1) Mel Gibson only had 16 lines of dialogue in the entire film.
2) The climatic highway battle is 13 minutes long
3) Chronologically this film takes place 5 years after Mad Max & 15 years before Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
4)Humungus was originally revealed to be Max's partner Jim Goose but George Miller eventually decided against this idea.
Following the road-side slaughter of his family, ex-cop Max (Mel Gibson) roams the post-apocalyptic landscape alone. Reluctantly taking a pit-stop at a desert-set fortress, Max is gradually persuaded to help protect the people inside it & the commodity that makes it a prime target for marauding gangs - fuel.
Mad Max 2 is one of my all time favourite movies, from it's superb narrative opening about a ravaged apocalyptic world gone mad to it's stunning action packed climax, this movie masterpiece delivers breathtaking action sequences, superb performances by the cast & contains a very important message about the fate of humanity.
Mel Gibson reprises his role of burnt out ex-cop Max Rockatansky clad from head to toe in leather & steel armed with a sawn off, double barrelled shotgun & a dog as Max roams the wastelands in his black V8 Interceptor scavenging for precious resources, food, water & fuel while battling against psychotic marauders.
Gibson's superb performance features just 16 lines of dialogue but he depicts through facial expressions & body language the emotions his character is feeling, Gibson has the ability to allow us to feel Max's inner turmoil of pain & loss as the haunting memories of losing his wife & son burn deep within him.
Bruce Spence adds great charm & quirky charisma as The Gyro Captain who eventually aids Max in his deal to help the community bid for freedom & a new horizon, Emil Minty gives a memorable performance as the Feral Kid, a boy who lives in the wasteland near the refinery settlement who speaks only in growls & grunts & defends himself with a lethal metal boomerang, Mike Preston plays Pappagallo, the idealistic leader of the settlers in the barricaded oil refinery & a character who has kept his humanity in a world gone mad & the sexy
Virginia Hey features in a small role as the Warrior Woman, who initially distrusts Max, the only thing standing in the settlers way is a group of psychotic marauders led by the feared Humungus who surround the oil refinery & want the gasoline for themselves.
The main two villain's showcase such brutality, the leader Humungus is a huge muscular scarred hockey masked warrior played with such chilling intimidating presence by former swedish bodybuilder Kjell Nilsson who's brilliantly portrays such a terrifying character, Humungus burns his victims alive while delivering crazy sermons while Vernon Wells is chilling (Commando's Bennett) as the psychopathic Wez, Humungus right hand man, a savage warrior of extreme skill, there's no campy bad guy's here as this duo are insane & completely unhinged which makes for two memorable villains.
Writer/Director George Miller has created such a believable broken down world in Mad Max 2, a world stripped away of town's & cities as humanity has unevoled to a near primitive state as society has become ravaged to a desolate wasteland due to a nuclear war, Miller doesn't hold back on showing us the horror aspects of this savage apocalypse as bodies are broken, impaled, crushed & splattered in the bloodiest adrenaline fuelled car chases ever seen on screen.
George Miller's direction shows such ferocity & intensity in several jaw dropping action sequences, every stunt was done for real in camera with no computer trickery & the results are simply breathtaking, the 13 minute chase towards the movies climax is still one of the best action sequences I have ever seen & i still get goosebumps everytime I watch it.
Overall, 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' is a cinematic masterpiece that vastly improves upon the original movie, Gibson performance impresses as the battle scarred road warrior who's last bit of humanity burns slowly away as writer/director George Miller merges a uncompromising look at a post apocalyptic barren, dangerous & lawless world were one must scavenge for survival & in doing so delivers breathtaking death defying action sequences that are better than anything Hollywood churns out nowadays.
In a time of chaos pray he's still out there.
U.S import. Region free. Kinetic car chases
& motorbike madness, topped up
with a gleaming boomerang. The on screen
title Mad Max 2 pops up when played, far
better than 'The Road Warrior' and there's
no American dubbed voices. The 16:9
picture quality's tip top and apparently it's uncut,
massive thank you's to the reviewer(s) who
have kindly pointed this out. One of my favourite
types of movie, 'the post apocalyptic fallout'. This
and Raiders of Atlantis (badly want an English
language official release) are by far the best examples.
The whole film is a 'stand out moment,' the gyro captain
eating dog food, then dabbing his mouth shows
a tiny bit of dignity remains. Also the compound mechanic
who shouts "OK". Very funny. You've also got the
gorgeous Virginia Hey in it. You had me at Raiders of Atlantis.
1981 Run time: 1hr 35min.
Extras: commentary, introduction by Leonard Maltin,
So many elements are combined here; SciFi, Horror, Action, Western, Revenge Thriller and combined well. Mad Max was good but this really ramps it up.
Set in a desolate and lawless future Australian outback after the fall of civilisation(post world war 3 but NOT after a nuclear conflict - the Bombs fall in the years between parts 2 & 3) the saga continues of Max Rockatansky, the embittered and battle hardened warrior of the wasteland, constantly at war with the ferocious marauders who terrorise the apocalyptic landscape. Max is the epitome of 'Hard' - clad from head to toe in leather and steel and armed with a sawn off, double barrelled shotgun, he roams the wastelands in the now iconic black V8 Interceptor. A monster of a car, armed with a self destruct device and a supercharger to leave the opposition standing - this is Max's main weapon and bringer of Death to the enemy. The plot is straightforward and really is an excuse to enjoy the absolute orgy of violence and mayhem that ensues for 90 minutes! Max goes head to head with the minions of the terrifying Lord Humungous and his Chief Warlord Wez - These are truly fearsome warriors, clad like Max in leather and iron and armed to the teeth with crossbows, blades, morning stars and gas propelled arrow guns and a vast arsenal of cars, bikes and dune buggys. Some of these guys are barely human with their berserker tactics, utter contempt for human life and total bloodlust. A good 50% of them are mohawked, particularly Wez and look like they could have come from the depths of hell!
Max, mostly for selfish reasons, allies himself with a compound of 'normal' people who find their desert fortress under perpetual siege from the Humungous and his monstrous horde. The decent folk have their own oil facility to make fuel which is now the single rarest commodity on earth - and the mohican army wants it - and arent willing to trade!
In the ensuing battles, bodies are broken, impaled, crushed, and pulped in the bloodiest car chases ever seen on screen. Woman are graphically raped, fingers are severed and heads are decapitated (courtesy of Max's shotgun). Torture and Terror are the currency here! This is a VERY violent movie, well worth its 18 rating (although not fully uncut on DVD). The film culminates in an amazing 15 odd minute chase whereby Max in charge of a massive Mack Truck is pursued by the Humungous and the full force of his army in all manner of deadly pursuit vehicles. The stunt work and special effects (pre CGI) are jaw-dropping and its a miracle no stunt men lost their lives! I have yet to see a more gripping setpiece as the crazed thugs clamber on to the truck from their bikes & cars to engage Max in mortal combat to the explosive conclusion.
This film is tightly written & directed,it looks truly Epic, despite a relativeley modest budget, thanks to stunning photography,sharp editing and cutting edge production design. Performances are effective, and Mel Gibson should never forget his roots! This is action cinema at its best!
Also the score by Brian May is terrific - shades of Holst's Mars - very warlike! The locations are breathtaking (filmed at Broken Hill) and are the uncredited cast member.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a bit too tame (well made though)and lets hope we see Mad Max 4: Fury Road soon! Please George Miller!!!
Incidentally check YouTube videos out if like me you like Metal - Ive seen a great trailer/montage from Mad Max 2 set to the music of Metallica which works very well indeed!
no extras worth mentioning, but the beautiful print and quality of this magnificent film makes that irrelevant. hopefully the box set will feature some of the "lost" footage for this film and the other two, but in the mean time i would happily suggest buying this and the box set when it comes along.
I just love his character and have watched this film a few times now, and don't get bored anywhere in the film.
Recommend this film.