Director: George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston. 94 min. Rated R. Australia. Action/Thriller.
I know: strange to be watching this classic post-apocalyptic film for the first time. But even stranger, it hadn't lost it's charm after more than 30 years. The second installment of the Mad Max trilogy, with the villains' weird sadomasochistic attire, the goofy heroes and animal-like child, the ancient technique of fast-forwarding action sequences to induce dynamism, all looked ... stupid. But somehow the stupidity works. Maybe because the car-chase sequences are so well-choreographed, the entire movie demands the viewers' attention. The concept of enemies chasing the hero's truck during very long sequences must have been James Cameron's inspiration for T2.