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The Road Warrior

by

Roger Davidson

Road Warrior, The
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The sequel to Mad Max and an action classic in it's own right, this one tops the first film when it comes to technical brilliance and exhilarating action. Mel Gibson returns as Max, now a loner, wandering the post-apocalyptic wilderness of Australia. He comes across two warring groups. One, a relatively peaceful tribe, is guarding precious fuel which will help them survive in the wilderness. The other is a brutal army of warlord bikers, who wish to take the fuel away from the "good guys" and slaughter everybody in their path. Gibson gets caught in the crossfire. He is eventually drafted into driving a heavily armed tanker truck, which contains the fuel desperately needed by everyone in this film. This is where the stunning finale comes in.

Buckle up and hold on to your seats! Not only does this have better acting and a more logical plot (to a certain extent) than the first film, this has some of the most eye-popping, visually stunning road chases you'll ever see. That climax has a place in my heart as one of the most exciting chase sequences ever put on screen. Mel Gibson is the one who holds it together though. His embodiment of an every-man-for-himself type of anti-hero, brings to mind Clint Eastwood's man-with-no-name and Stephen King's Roland of the acclaimed Dark Tower series. I'm not so unsure that King didn't use some of the landscapes in the film as a model for the desolate world of his series. This has to be seen to be believed. I think you'll be in for a wild time.

My Rating = Four Stars


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