Where lucid imagination meets workmanlike hand-craftmanship, you get a masterclass in indie filmmaking and low-budget world building. A work of "pure cinema"—characters are endeared to us via silent moments and still closeups, combined with Buster Keaton-informed action sequences that have us instinctually worried for the performers carrying out the stunts. My heart was thumping throughout this 90-minute fever dream.
It's not difficult to make the case for "Fury Road" as the best entry in this series, but for me "Road Warrior" will always loom the largest. George Miller infuses his drive-in movie premise with a Leone-esque sense of minimalism and widescreen scope. His DIY gumption and technical innovation form a perfect marriage onscreen, and Mel? What can I say about Mel Gibson in this film - his performance remains iconic.
High octane follow up to first entry that ups the ante in carnage and extreme stunt work. A little lighter in plot concentrating on archetypes lifted from the American western but set in a post apocalyptic Australia. Gibson with hardly any dialogue solidifies this character's now iconic stature. But really this film is about the gauntlet of a chase and it delivers in its fine stunt work and precision planning.
Post-apocalyptic western à la Howard Hawks. Not bad but a little bit empty. In this kind of production, the film value depends on how mean the bad guys are. Good news !. In The Road Warrior, they are simply ugly, pimply and completely decadent. Recommended.
For this type of movie, The Road Warrior is one of the best. Mad Mel when you could actually enjoy him and George Miller provides some very interesting subtexts to underscore this revenge action movie.