A post apocalyptic world where marauders rule the highways, roaming the wastelands in search of precious Guzzoline to fuel their vehicles. Violence and mayhem are part of day-to-day life in this dystopian society. Only the strong and naturally the fast will survive!
This is the picture set in the classic 1981 Aussie movie Mad Max 2 (known internationally as Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior or just The Road Warrior), starring Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a former policeman of the Main Force Patrol (MFP). He is also on an eternal search for fuel as he tries to escape his sad past.
Max doesn’t want to be a hero anymore but becomes a reluctant one as The Road Warrior of the wastelands, who helps a group of settlers escape from the clutches of the roaming marauders. Initially Max was just in it for some fuel but he rediscovers his humanity along the way.
The characters, vehicles and action are what give this movie its cult like following. The original Mad Max trilogy (Mad Max – 1979, Mad Max 2 – 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome – 1985) are some of my all time favourite movies and the stories of this dystopian world, brought to life by director / screenwriter George Miller, make them timeless classics and simply great storytelling with screaming, crashing, exploding, motoring metal mayhem! The great ability of George Miller to create such an intriguing, harsh world is highlighted by the success of the new Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Ride eternal, shiny and chrome!
Mad Max 2 has so many diverse characters from the good side including Max himself, his loyal Blue Heeler known as Dog, The Gyro Captain, Warrior Woman, Pappagallo, Curmudgeon, the crippled Mechanic, Zetta and The Feral Kid with his metal boomerang. On the other side of things, the marauders are led by the strong and powerful Lord Humungus who commands his dog of war, the viscous Wez (actor Vernon Wells almost steals the show!), The Toadie, Golden Youth, the bad cops and an army of leather clad misfits sporting Mohawks and more!
In addition to great characters, a key element of Mad Max 2 was the vast array of wild-looking vehicles used in most scenes from modified 1970’s Aussie muscle cars such as the legendary 1973 Ford XB GT Coupe “Pursuit Special” MFP Interceptor (used by Max in both Mad Max and Mad Max 2. This car had a 300bhp 351ci V8 engine fitted as standard and thus the movie tag of “the last of the V8’s” was born) to dune buggies, trucks and more! There was even a gyrocopter flown appropriately by The Gyro Captain. No one ever asks why they all spend so much time driving about as no one cares, this is a road action movie and that is simply what makes it great!
The road scenes and battles in Mad Max 2 were filmed around Broken Hill and Silverton in outback New South Wales. The road that stretches out into the Mundi Mundi Plains was a key location for much of the road action and carnage.
Mundi Mundi Plains & Lookout
Mad Max 2 Museum
In Silverton today the road warrior spirit lives on in the form of the excellent Mad Max 2 Museum. At the museum you can see lots of behind the scenes photos, props including originals obtained from various sources and also those recovered from movie locations (modern-day archeology!), costumes and most importantly some of the original movie vehicles (mostly dune buggies) and plenty of replica vehicles. The level of detail put into the replica vehicles is very accurate and they look the real deal.
The history of the museum is interesting in itself. Owners Adrian and Linda hail from the UK. Adrian like most of us who are into Mad Max, saw the first two movies in the early 1980’s and became obsessed. So much so that he got his own replica Ford XB interceptor to drive around the “wastelands of the UK”, then eventually moved to Australia in 2006, started putting a collection together and set up the museum in Silverton which opened in 2010. Now that is some dedication to Max! They are also really great people and happy to chat about all things Mad Max. Do not miss this place if you are in the region!