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Doesn't look like the same world with original anymore


I remember in the first film, things were still semi civilized. Max even began as a cop, there are vacation spots, men earning their living in an honest way.

But in this sequel there's nothing anymore, a desolate completely devoid of any reason. Did they explain why the change of scenery? Did Max come to scavenge on a different place?

For the record, though, I prefer the second setting.

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Couple weeks after the first one ends there was a nuclear war, hence the dirtier vibe of the second.

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I can't say I cared much for the new setting.

It did not look stark or bleak in any way really, it reminded me of Tatooine.

"I'm leaving, i've assessed the situation, and i'm going".

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If you note at the end of the first film, after killing Toecutter, Max starts driving for what appears to be days before encountering Johnny. During that drive, he passes a sign marked "Forbidden" with some sort of Hazmat symbol. He's making for the wastelands to get as far from people as possible.

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I couldn't care less. Mad Max 1 sucked. I erased it from my memory and enjoyed the Road Warrior as it was. Absolutely brilliant film, the Road Warrior.

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Mad Max 1 doesn't suck, but I wouldn't classify it as particularly great or fantastic either.......it suffers from an EXTREMELY low budget which is very apparent to the viewer. And this was George Miller's very first movie so I'm sure there was quite a bit of inexperience behind the camera too. The story seems like an inferior cliche from all these different movies like Dirty Harry or A Clockwork Orange - to me, anyway. A couple of scenes feel cheesy.

Remember that Mad Max 1 was not a hit in the United States, which is why 'The Road Warrior' was released as 'The Road Warrior' and not 'Mad Max 2'. But I assume what made Mad Max 1 popular internationally was the car chase scenes. In a world before CGI and crazy huge action summer blockbusters, I'm sure it was probably a lot more exciting and maybe the scenes don't quite have the same impact on a modern audience.......yet knowing that there is absolutely no digital effects still makes it worth getting excited about today. Hugh Keays-Byrne and Mel Gibson are both great.

In retrospect, it is enjoyable as a backstory of sorts before the world became a Wasteland, but no doubt I think all of the sequels are better films and it's great to see George Miller's world and imagination expand with each film.

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If you just watched the movie, you would´ve spare yourself all this trouble making stupid questions and avoid making others lose their precious time trying to explain what is explained. They inserted the prologue to help, yet, there´s still people asking why and how...

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its progression

it does seem extreme but I think you have to bear in mind probably like a decade is supposed to have passed since the first film

you would be surprised how fast society can crumble and has in the past. this is sort of backwards, but think about how certain countries in Europe looked in 1946 or so compared with only 10 years later in 1956- from devastation to being put together cleanly again

life moves fast

If i go crazy will you still call me Superman?

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its progression

it does seem extreme but I think you have to bear in mind probably like a decade is supposed to have passed since the first film

Actually, according the the second film's screenplay, it's more like three years later, following the first movie's events. However, there's something like a 15-year gap separating The Road Warrior from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which explains Max's grey hair in that film.

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As others may have mentioned, Max was a cop in the remnants of civilization before wandering "out into the wasteland".

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I remember in the first film, things were still semi civilized. Max even began as a cop, there are vacation spots, men earning their living in an honest way.

But in this sequel there's nothing anymore, a desolate completely devoid of any reason. Did they explain why the change of scenery? Did Max come to scavenge on a different place?

For the record, though, I prefer the second setting.


Yes they explain everything in the beginning of the movie, right before the car chase starts with Max being hunted.

~If the realistic details fails, the movie fails~

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My opinion, all 3 Mad Max movies dont make a whole lot of sense anyway.

First Mad Max movie was a crime action flick about the cops and the town people trying to stay safe from a biker gang. The way I see it, I dont see any mentioning of the end of the world or whatever.

Then comes along Mad Max 2 Road Warrior where everything's gone to crap for no reason

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