What can be said about, "The Road Warrior" in terms of it's overall value of a feature film? Now personally I've been a Mad Max fan since I watch the first Mad Max film from 1979. Yes I've also seen all three parts of the Mad Max story and each have high and low points.
However, I came hear today to talk about the second installment; "The Road Warrior" as it is known. In my professional opinion in critical reviewing films this story jumps out at me.
The first time I saw this movie I was hooked before the opening narration was finished. The way the narrator used images and subtle almost savage words to describe the fall of human society was chilling. In fact in the series it doesn't even fully address there was an Apocalypse until the third film.
In the opening chase scene when we see Max the auidence can clearly see how worn out he has become ever since the closing to the first film. He drifts all over the wasteland with only the search for gasoline to fuel his motivation.
We also get two main villians: A Mohawk Warrior named Wez and the Leader The Lord Humungus. Here we see the contrast between these two; where Wez is a loud and violent warrior with a thirst for blood. The Lord Humungus attempts to lure his enemies into false sercurity with his empty promises this goes well with his Mask as he hides his real face and with it his true nature. (His mask which you will later see ripped off in Friday the 13th Part 3 by Jason LOL no it's cool.) I mean if the first Saw movie can steal the ending death for the first Mad Max movie with cutting off your own leg then why not LOL.
Basically, to sum it up Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior is more then just an action packed summer flic. It has depth to it's story however due to the short lines of dialouge a big portion of the stories hidden messages is told strictly through visuals. As seen in the outfits, weapons, and of course the cars.
This film only gets better the further you watch it and the final climax car chase in my opinion is one of the greatest and most realistic action scenes I've ever had the pleasure of viewing in my time. This movie was so well put together in terms of an action film and it also had some quite and light hearted moments so we as the auidence could sit back and take in the atmosphere and the story itself.
Personally I love all the Mad Max films but in my opinion The Road Warrior is so well directed, written, and spaced out that it could have been a stand alone film without parts 1 and 3. However, I am grateful to both George Miller and Terry Hayes for writing this picture and of course Mel Gibson who will always be the one and the only Mad Max.
We all feel your loss Max we've all lost someone we've loved. But, you shall regain your humainty Max and you will be able to live again thank you for your time :)
-Tyrone J.G. Hardy (For a first review I hope I did okay)