Saturday, May 20 8:40PM
“Mad Max 2: Road Warrior” Starring Mel Gibson, Virginia Hey,Syd Heylen, Emil Minty, Kjell Nilsson. Directed by George Miller. 1981, 96mins, Color. Rated R.
Hard to believe, but this groundbreaking, bleakly apocalyptic movie is now 36 years old. That's the same age "Anchors Away", "Spellbound" and "The Bells of St. Mary" were when "Mad Max 2" was first released! Because tempus fugit, "classic film" is an ever-expanding category -- at least for some tastes.
Director George Miller's follow-up to his 1979 hit “Mad Max” is more proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor. It is also one of the purest expressions of cinematic existentialism ever filmed: The characters spend their time driving through a barren, post-apocalyptic world looking for gasoline so that they can continue to drive around the desert and find more gasoline.
The loner-protagonist at the center of our attention is again Max (Mel Gibson), who in the first “Mad Max” lost his wife and child to a murderous bunch of thugs. Max retreats from society, living the life of a nomadic scavenger. He wanders a post-apocalyptic Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. Max encounters a sympathetic group of people camped at an oil refinery. Because oil is more precious than gold in that damaged world, the refinery and the people there are soon under siege by a cruel band of marauders looking to steal the oil. Eventually, and not without reluctance, Max is drawn into this fight.
The setup of the "reluctant savior" is certainly not an unfamiliar movie storyline, and though there’s a sci-fi setting here, Max is a direct descendant of a classic Film Noir or Western antihero who looks out for himself and only himself, with just a very fine line separating him from the bad guys. But unlike most Noirs, and more so even than many Westerns, this film is flamboyantly dynamic with extraordinary stunt and action sequences that are staged with manic fury, and edited at breakneck pace. Remarkably, this collision of Noir sensibility with hyperkinetic action works to reinforce the impact of each, which is what makes “Mad Max 2: Road Warrior” such a stunning film. The success of this movie made Gibson an international star.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors & kids (12 & younger). Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.
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The Landmark Loew's Jersey is easily reached by car and mass transit from throughout the New York & New Jersey area. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to and from the World Trade Center and 33rd Street in Manhattan, as well as Newark’s Penn Station. The Theatre is close to the NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage.
The Loew's is a place where the great movie going experience is still alive -- a classic movie palace, a 50 foot wide screen, and a real pipe organ for entrance music before most shows! And whenever possible, screenings are still in 35mm.
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