in about 100 words or less
Australia 91m, Colour
Director: George Miller; Cast: Mel Gibson, Michael Preston, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, Virginia Hey, Emil Minty
As sequel to Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior is an action-packed post-apocalyptic story about a community of people who attempt to hold on to what little remains of their humanity as they defend themselves against a throng of punk and bondage-inspired chain and leather-clad psychotic gasoline hungry killers. In seeing an opportunity to secure petrol for his own car, Max intervenes on behalf of the settlers only to begrudgingly rediscover his own humanity. The Road Warrior’s location in the Australian outback provides a stunning backdrop for its spectacular car chases and the high-speed combat which ensues. Despite the thinnest of plots, The Road Warrior’s unrelenting energy, impressive special effects and grotesque characters offer a frightening and entertaining movie experience which helped further define this genre of film (Klaus Ming January 2011).