Sometimes a sequel is made soon after the first movie has been released, to capitalize on the success of the first movie. To release it while it is still fresh in people’s minds. Even make the first movie and set it up so people are expecting a sequel. Other times, the first movie stands on it’s own, and several years pass before a sequel is made. Sometimes the sequel is so good that it can stand on it’s own, and you need not know anything about the first movie to thoroughly enjoy the second. “The Road Warrior,” starring Mel Gibson, is such a movie.
The picture of course starts out where the previous one, “Mad Max,” left off. We have our central character out alone on the wastelands fending for himself in a world with no law and where only the strongest survive. Of course, there is the transient report of what got him to this location, how the world ended up to where it is. But one of the impressive things about this movie is that is enough. You don’t need to know anything about the earlier story to enjoy this tale.
After a transitory fracas with a group of bandits on the road, we find Max spending most of his time in exploration for provisions, and gasoline, or petrol. Then he comes across something curious out in the wasteland. He finds a metropolis, of sorts, in the middle of nowhere. They are robustly fortified, with a substantial wall surrounding their city, and countless creative forms of defense. For they have something very precious to defend. They have a huge tanker of fuel.
Of course, it doesn’t take long for the loose posse of bandits to surround the city, and require the gasoline. They tell them that if they hand over the goods, then their city won’t be ruined. The populace of this city seem to be between a rock and hard place. They have a plan to take their gas, and escape to an area that is secure, and free from bandits and outlaws. A situation where they can start original, and erect a new association. The trouble is, they don’t have a way to move the tanker of gas. Max, a just admitted to their city, has a way out.
Only a few days ago, Max has seen a fitting means of transportation to drag their tanker to the promised land. The only crisis is how to get to the motor vehicle, bring it back to the fortified city, and get the tanker of gas out of there without getting killed by the bandits. Auspiciously, Max has a plan. Jointly with his fresh friend who happens to have an ultra light aircraft, they will creep out of the city, bring the vehicle back, and haul the tanker to safety.
And this is the heart of the movie. The confrontation between the people who only want a safe life, free from fear of bandits, and the bandits themselves, who want to acquire what doesn’t belong to them, and slaughter whoever stands in their way. Luckily, the city people have a plan that even Max doesn’t know about. And this will make all the difference. This motion picture was so accepted that it caused many to go out and see the original that otherwise didn’t know if it’s existence. It is a must see if you haven’t seen it, and is filled with unforgettable scenes and quotes, so you may consider it as an addendum to your video library.