Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

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“You wanna get out of here, you talk to me” On my list because it feels like we’re currently experiencing some kind of apocalypse. I’m not making light of it. One of the greatest action movies ever made. Lawrence Kasdan, the legendary Hollywood screenwriter of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Empire Strikes Back” rated this one of the best films of the Eighties.

The first “Mad Max” was good, considering its low budget, but Mel Gibson couldn’t do dialogue back then. So for “Mad Max 2” (“The Road Warrior” in the USA) George Miller gave him almost no words and made him like Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns – the silent, lone stranger. The minimal plot is like a classic western – basically old-style cowboys and Indians (did I mention I like westerns?).

Miller gets to focus on what he does best – incredible action sequences. The costumes by Norma Moriceau are fantastic, drawing inspiration from many sub-cultures, and the vehicles are influenced by the car modification culture of Australia (see “The Cars That Ate Paris”) and “Death Race 2000”. The stuntmen and women do amazing, bone-breaking work, and it’s all captured and edited stunningly by Miller and his team.

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