Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Zaki's Retro Review: Mad Max 2 (1981)

“I remember a time of chaos. Ruined dreams. This wasted land.” 

So begins the opening narration setting the status quo of Mad Max 2 (known to many folks stateside as The Road Warrior). Nearly thirty-five years on from its initial release, the first Mad Max sequel is that rarest of cinematic beasts: The Perfect Movie. At just over ninety minutes, there’s not an ounce of fat on the thing, and it whizzes along like the souped-up V8 Interceptor that the title character tools around in. If the first film represented director George Miller’s tentative initial forays into the world of high stakes, high impact filmmaking, the second is the auteur fully embracing the freedom of imagination that can only come from making the then-most profitable film of all time.

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