PBMC: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR

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Certain Movies every man should see, some he should know by heart.  These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club.  Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times.  Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know.  All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Magazine Facebook Group.

This week’s Movie Club: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR

Rating:  R

Genre:  Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By:  George Miller

Written By:  Terry Hayes , George Miller , Brian Hannant

In Theaters:  May 21, 1982  wide

Runtime:  96 minutes

It’s hard to say you’re truly a movie fan if you haven’t seen Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.  If you saw the Road Warrior and didn’t like it, I’d have to question your manhood.  I dare say a life lived without seeing the Road Warrior was a life wasted.  This film challenges you to ask yourself who you would be today if it all fell apart.  Society, technology, governments; If they all just stopped what would our roles be in a new world without rules?

You will see Mel Gibson as Max in this sequel to an Australian movie that far eclipsed the original.  Max only has 16 lines of dialogue in this film (and two are “I only came for the gasoline”).  The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic “Wasteland” where everyone must join a side, or fend for themselves.  The only technology  that exists is what’s left over and there is a very limited supply of fuel.  Max is a scavenger of the wasteland looking for fuel for his bitchin’ Ford Interceptor when he discovers a tribe of people who figured out how to produce gasoline.  They are getting ready to travel with it to a new place to restart society and the only thing standing in their is the Lord Humungus, a muscle bound  psychopath in a fur Speedo and a hockey mask riding a dune buggy who will  attack the makeshift city to have the fuel for himself.  Max is the only one who can get them a truck to haul their fuel but needs to get threw Lord Humungus first……. I just came.

The beauty of the Road Warrior is its simplicity.  “We are here, we need to get there, and those guys are in our way” is the film in a nutshell, yet George Miller is so genius he creates a colorful world where you can really get so sucked into with a lawlessness, you can get a tad jealous of at times.  The characters are wearing leather, and Mohawks, and feathers, and tools, and sports gear and I have found no evidence that isn’t how we’d all dress if we didn’t need a job.  The film has moral questions and deception, in a context of survival and self reliance.

This film has Proud Boys written all over it.  It’s simply a guy’s film about priorities and decision making.  Mad Max 2 is a beautifully put together check list of “needs” in a broken world where the ultimate goal is to keep moving.  There is also a lot of violence (and trust me when I tell you that lunatic director George Miller put this cast in actual peril you’re about to see again and again).  There are cars, awesome machines being pushed the limit and doing what they were meant to do.  And there is Max; the man we all hope to be.  Watch this film and ask: “Who am I in the Wasteland?”.  I’d like to see myself as the feral child with the boomerang and the mullet, but we’re probably all a little more like the gyro captain.

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Written by PawL BaZiLe

PawL BaZiLe

Pawl is a film director and journalist living in New Jersey. Pawl is a fan of history and avid reader with a background in theater. He has used his debate skills to win over 30 Internet arguments. Pawl Bazile directed a punk rock documentary called “Living the American Nightmare” and is currently working on a motorcycle film called “Savage”. For Proud Boy Magazine, Pawl is in charge of digital media, new programming, and talent relations. He takes his coffee black. Follow him on Twitter @PawLBAZiLe.

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