Watch: Mad Max 2 1981 123movies, Full Movie Online – Wandering the deserted highways of an energy-starved dystopian Australia after eradicating the Night Rider’s followers in Mad Max (1979), the former patrolman, Max Rockatansky, finds himself roaming the endless wasteland scavenging for food and precious petrol. Suddenly, in the scorched wilderness, the hungry for fuel Max chances upon a small oil refinery; however, the place is under siege by Lord Humungus’ barbarian horde of biker warlords, hell-bent on destruction and mayhem. Now, to get his hands on as much gas as he can carry, “Mad” Max will have to provide the defenceless community with a powerful truck to transport the gasoline to safety; nevertheless, this is easier said than done. Is Max, the battle-scarred Road Warrior, up to the task?.
Plot: Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.
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The last of the V8 Interceptors and the battle for gasoline!
It’s post nuclear war Australia and the precious commodity is gasoline, all the varying degrees of survivors pursue it in anyway they can.
Director George Miller is here armed with considerably more cash than was available for the first cult hit offering in the series, and boy does it show as we get more destruction, even more outlandish stunts, and a fully realised apocalyptic vision of the future. It’s incredible to note that there is no CGI here, this is pure raw stunt work, the film plays out as a standard good versus evil tale, but it’s the realisation of the crash bang wallop sequences that lift it to being one of the most important sci-fi action movies of modern times.
The baddies are a seething mass of leather, masks, and mohawks, they scowl as they rape pillage and plunder anything in their path, they will stop at nothing to get the craved gasoline that is so important in this world. The good guys are joined by the road warrior himself, Mad Max Rockatansky, a former police officer who turned to being the angry lone warrior of the road after his wife and child were murdered. Can these honest folk survive the onslaught of the crazed plunderers?.
Well it’s high octane entertainment finding out, and the pace is relentless. The direction is first rate, the scenes are put together with breath taking exhilaration, and the sound mix is incredible for those fortunate enough to own home cinema. Pic may be guilty of having little to no dialogue for the most part, yet it really isn’t needed since the story unfolds via the smartly stitched together action sequences. So just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride given to you by a film that’s still a benchmark for the genre. 9/10
***Fighting for fuel in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Outback***
In the years after a global holocaust, an ex-lawman (Mel Gibson) in remote Australia befriends people at a refinery compound and helps them escape a band of ruthless punk bikers who want their resources. Bruce Spence plays the Gyro Captain while Vernon Wells is on hand as a subordinate leader of the bikers.
“The Road Warrior,” aka “Mad Max 2” (1981) shows a grim, bleak, brutal future, but it’s too comic booky and sometimes goofy to truly disturb because it screams exaggeration. A truly disturbing movie debuted fifteen years earlier, “The Wild Angels” (1966), which is shocking because it’s realistic rather than cartoonish. But “The Wild Angels” was an outlaw biker drama whereas “Mad Max 2” is an action-packed adventure. There’s a lot of motorhead thrills if that trips your trigger.
The movie’s an Australian production and avant-garde bordering on surrealism. The protagonist is aloof and laconic while the antagonists are bizarre, even psycho, which makes sense in that people would become a little mad in a desperate post-apocalyptic environment. It’s a strangely detached film about cartoonish people surviving in the wastelands of Australia, but the characters and images are often iconic; and there IS some human interest, like the Gyro Captain’s developing relationship with the cute blonde, the so-called Captain’s Girl (Arkie Whitley). Meanwhile Virginia Hey is striking as the Warrior Woman.
The film runs 1 hour, 34 minutes and was shot in the Outback of New South Wales, Australia.
A true action treat!
It’s incredible to think that despite 40 years passing since it initially burst onto cinema screens around the world that Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior), George Miller’s action extravaganza, has lost none of its thrilling spectacle power thanks to its “for real” stunts and high-octane energy that still surpasses many modern films to this day.
Ramping up things a hundredfold from the original Mad Max that featured a few car crashes amongst its post-apocalyptic wasteland adventure featuring Mel Gibson’s ex-cop Max Rockatansky, Road Warrior was at the time of production the biggest budgeted Australian film of all time that saw Miller and his creative team enact carnage unlike we’d ever seen done on a local production, that also was an inspiration and benchmark for the action genre in the years to come.
Often regarded as one of the best examples of an action experience committed to screen thanks to its endless barrage of car-fueled stunts and mayhem (Terminator director James Cameron sighted the film as an inspiration to his action work) and arguably only bettered when Miller’s long time coming Fury Road finally roared onto screens a few years ago, Road Warrior is powered by the most barebones of plots you’re likely to see in a feature but that matters little when the enthusiasm and eye candy on show is what you came to see.
Barely uttering more than a few lines throughout the entirety of the film, the at the time still up and coming Gibson doesn’t get much too do overall here and is far less charismatic than he would come to be known for in efforts like Lethal Weapon and Braveheart but in many ways that’s the joy of the Mad Max character, with a simple man merely trying to survive an anything but simple time and place, a place where marauding bandits like Kjell Nilsson’s Humungus commands running the barren dust swept lands of Australia as they seek out death and destruction and the much sought after gasoline.
Rampaging along at a brisk pace that just passes the 90 minute marker, Road Warrior isn’t at all interested in nuances or moments of reflection with Miller hellbent on ensuring that most of the films screen time is action first and questions and answers last and in an age where many modern films attach unneeded baggage and filler to their stories in hope people see deeper things in their flash and pizzazz, Road Warrior is still a joy to behold today as we witness and partake in organized chaos at its finest in the land down under.
Final Say –
There’s not a lot happening under the hood of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior but the insanely choregraphed and orchestrated car-founded action is still a cinematic thrill to this day that was largely unmatched for years until Fury Road changed the game again.
4 gyrocopters out of 5.
Not just a mindless action flick
Now I give this movie a 10 out of 10. I used to only give it an 8. Why the change? Easy. I watched the little things.
Those of you who haven’t seen it, stop reading now. But for those of you who have…
The first 8 of that ten comes from spectacular action sequences. Anyone can see those. What the other 2 points comes from is the subtle things that director George Miller slipped in there that you would only notice the second time you watch.
Missed by almost everyone else’s comments is that “The Road Warrior” is simply a locked room puzzle. The good guys have the gas and want to escape from their compound to “the coast.” But if they try to leave, they will surely be killed by the savages waiting outside who only want their gas. Their solution is completely unexpected, yet when you watch it again, it is telegraphed the entire movie.
For instance, when Pappagallo is giving an inspirational speech to the good guys about how “that vehicle” is going to haul their gas to the coast, the vehicle in the background is NOT the tanker, as it should be, but instead the school bus that eventually takes them, and the gas, to freedom.
And what will the tanker be hauling? Notice the day before the escape when Pappagallo talks about driving the tanker with Max. He stares blankly into an hourglass, filled with SAND. He already knows he’s not coming back, as his diversionary tactic will surely get him killed.
Anyone who claims “The Road Warrior” is merely a testosterone-laden guy flick should watch it again. What it REALLY is is the tightest, smartest, pure-action movie ever made. No moment is without significance. No moment is wasted. It is a testament that every post-apocalyptic movie is referred to as “The-Road-Warrior-on-‘x’.” The next time you watch it, REALLY watch it. You’ll find there’s more there than you ever thought there was before.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min), 1 hr 27 min (87 min) (heavily cut) (Germany)
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director George Miller
Writer Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant
Actors Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston
Awards 8 wins & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex, Panavision C- & E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex-X, Panavision C-Series Lenses
Laboratory Colorfilm Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm