I love the Mad Max universe. Though slow-moving for modern audiences, the first is still a great film. The more I think about it, the more I like Road Warrior best of all four movies.
Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray cover
In 1979 something incredible happened: I was born. But seriously, that’s also the year of some amazing cinema, including Alien, The Amityville Horror, Apocalypse Now, and The Warriors, but the one I’m most enamored of is Mel Gibson’s second major film, and the one that rocketed him to stardom, Mad Max.
Max during Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, arguably more influential and important to the look of Fury Road than anything in the original.
The Mad Max series rocketed back into cultural consciousness two years ago with Fury Road, but before Furiosa and Immortan Joe, before Tina Turner singing “We don’t need another hero,” before the ever-expanding desert and the gyrocopter and the weird kids-only cargo cult, we had Max Rockatansky, an Australian highway patrolman operating a pursuit vehicle at the ass-end of civilization as society breaks down around…
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