Movie Review: The Battery (2013)

Did someone say zombies?  No? Well fuck, then I guess I’ll do it… LIVING DEAD! Damn it, I messed up.

Ladies, gents, and non-binaries… “The Battery”.

The world has gone to shit (god, it’s been a long time since I last used that phrase). Zombies have taken over and humanity is spread thin over New England. And in the middle of this apocalypse are Ben and Mickey (Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim), two former baseball players traveling together to try to survive. And that’s really about it, no grand goal, no major arc… just two polar opposite dudes trying not to die and trying to enjoy their new, horrifying life as best they can. And I appreciate that about this. I do of course love big stories with a lot of themes, but I found this one oddly refreshing. The relatively minimal story gives it a bit of a day-in-the-life kinda vibe that I dug. What also helps is that it never takes itself too seriously, keeping things pretty light, and even managing to be quite funny at times. And for a movie technically about corpses, it certainly has a beating heart. It does take a bit to really get going, but when it does, it becomes a really engaging story that I really fucking enjoyed.

Let’s talk about our two lead characters for a bit, because I love them. They’re opposites in most way, so for a lot of the movie they’re more or less clashing. Not in a hateful way, you can tell that they do care about each other on some level, but they’re not necessarily besties either. And what really helps sell these characters are Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim, both absolutely killing it in their roles, while sharing some terrific chemistry.

The score was composed by Ryan Winford, and it was alright. It wasn’t super memorable, but it worked well enough for the various scenes it could be heard in. But then there also are a fair bit of licensed songs used throughout, and they’re all really good and help to establish the mood of the film in really wonderful ways.

“The Battery” was interestingly enough written and directed by lead actor Jeremy Gardner, and I think he did a good job with it. He clearly shows how to make the most out of having almost no budget, always finding clever workarounds for the various scenarios that he wants to show. And the cinematography by Christian Stella is really solid too, really helping maintain the film’s vibe.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.4/10.

“The Battery” is a very charming and refreshing take on the zombie film that I really enjoyed watching. It has a really good story, great characters, great performances, really good music, and really good directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Battery” is a 9.55/10. Which does mean that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Battery” is now completed.

Hey batter batter batter batter batter, SWING!

Movie Review: Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)

If you’ve followed my blog for an extended amount of time, then you’re probably aware that I have a certain fondness for animated movies based on DC superhero comics. I tend to watch them all, and review a lot of them. And today we’re doing just that. So here we go!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War”!

After the Justice League fails to defeat the alien despot Darkseid (Tony Todd), the world turns into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. And with the League basically gone at this point, it’s up to a ragtag gang of remaining heroes and villains to team up to make one final attempt at stopping the alien dictator. So this is basically the big, “everything looks dire” finale to this specific universe of animated films. And you can really feel that the crew of this movie are taking a big swing at giving us an emotionally satisfying finale to this universe that they’ve kept going since 2014. And I think they succeeded quite well. For only having a 90 minute runtime, they manage to get a lot of stuff in there without making any of it feel forced. As the title implies, we get to see a little more of the Dark League, especially since John Constantine (Matt Ryan) more or less acts as the main character here. We get the Suicide Squad involved, we get payoffs from the Teen Titans stuff from other movies. They somehow manage to involve payoffs from pretty much all branches of this movie universe, and it all works marvelously… for me as a fan who’s followed these films for years, at least. I felt satisfied with this wrap-up. It’s dark, it’s exciting, it’s fun, and it even got me a little emotional. It’s just a solid narrative.

The characters in this are colorful, fun, and surprisingly nuanced. We both get to see the personalities we’ve come to know (and mostly love) over the years as they are, but we also get to see a surprising amount of nuance and character development throughout that really made me care for them all much more. And since this is the big finale, they bring in the big guns on the cast. A lot of recognizable names, and all giving top notch voice performances. Matt Ryan, Jason O’Mara, Roger Cross, Tony Todd, Camilla Luddington, Jerry O’Connell, Taissa Farmiga, Stuart Allan, Ray Chase,Liam McIntyre, Rainn Wilson, and more all deliver their talents wonderfully.

As with a lot of the previous DC animated movies, the score for this one was composed by Frederik Wiedmann. And as per usual he knocked it out of the park. Of course he gives us the familiar superhero brass, but he also gives us a fair bit of somber pieces as well to really show how desperate the entire situation is for our heroes. And really, Wiedmann has never failed before, but this is still somehow his best work for this series.

Based on various comics from DC, “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” was directed by Matt Peters and Christina Sotta. And I think they did a terrific job. As with the story, you can tell that they were going all out on the directiong/animation on this one. Because out of all the movies in this animated universe, this is the best looking one. The animation is crisp, and everything flows beautifully. And this makes action scenes an absolute blast to watch. They also went all out on violence in this. People die… and not in nice ways. And that helps add some extra impact to fights. So yeah, the crew killed it.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 100% positive rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7.8/10.

I know some of you don’t care for these movies, but for me “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” was a satisfying and exciting finale to this specific run of DC animated features. It has a really good story, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing/animation. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” is a 9.78/10. Which of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” is now completed.

I’m really gonna miss looking forward to new movies in this series.

Movie Review: The Stakelander (2016)

Once upon a time I reviewed a movie called “Stake Land”. It was very good. Now for the Month of Spooks, I am reviewing its sequel. So let’s do it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Stakelander”.

The world has gone to shit. After his life in New Eden is destroys by the vampire brotherhood known as… The Brotherhood, Martin (Connor Paolo) must travel into the wasteland to try to find his old mentor and friend Mister (Nick Damici). So now we have our story. And I really enjoyed it. Sure, it lacks a lot of the little subtleties that made the first movie’s plot so great, but it’s still an enjoyable enough plot that works in its own right. Whereas the first one was a slowly burning road drama, this is more of a fast-paced action-horror thing. I do still prefer the first movie’s plot, but this is still an enjoyable romp.

The characters in this are interesting and entertaining. Connor Paolo reprises his role as Martin, the young man taken in by Mister in the first movie. He’s older, much more proficient at killing vampires, a hardened survivor. But he still has a warm heart beating behind that chest of his, giving some nice layers to the gruff boy. And Paolo is really good in the role. Next up we have Nick Damici reprising his role as Mister. How do we describe his character… had the movie come out in the 70s, Charles Bronson would’ve played him. He’s an older badass who is able to kick a lot of ass. But he does also have a soft side in there, he just doesn’t reveal it to anyone. And Damici is great in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Laura Abramsen, A.C. Peterson, Steven Williams, Kristina Hughes, and more, all doing well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Redding Hunter (that is such a good name), and I think he did a good job with it. Of course there are a lot of familiar horror stings there, but there’s also a good chunk of the music that has a very western-y vibe, which I think really works for the whole “wandering through the wasteland” thing this movie is going for. And it all comes together to create a really good score.

Unlike the first movie, “The Stakelander” was not directed by Jim Mickle (though Nick Damici stayed on as writer). Instead this was directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, and I think they brought a somewhat distinct style to it that I liked. Where the first movie created a very broody atmosphere for its slow character drama, this has a more light atmosphere that complements the generally faster pace. But they still do bring in the creeps from time to time, thanks to solid direction and some vicious fuckin’ vamps. And the cinematography by Matt Mitchell was really good, giving us some really good looking shots. Some decently satisfying action here too.

This movie doesn’t have much of an existence on the sites I usually use, so this’ll be brief. But I can say that on imdb.com it has a score of 5,3/10.

While it lacks a lot of the subtlety and layers that made the first one great, “The Stakelander” is still a really solid sequel. It has a good plot, good characters, really good performances, great music, and really good directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Stakelander” is an 8,76/10. So while not perfect, it’s still worth buying.

My review of “The Stakelander” is now completed.

Not gonna lie, my expectations for this were quite low, but I am glad to have been proven wrong by it.

Movie Review: Reign of Fire (2002)

Dragons. The coolest of the mythological creatures (aside from the Unicorn which is the most badass motherfucking thing ever), a fire-breathing lizard living for destruction. They’ve been used in countless books, movies, shows, and video games. And they will continue to be used for years to come because… well, because dragons are awesome.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Reign of Fire”.

The world has gone to shit. Twenty years ago, dragons rose from a deep slumber underground. Now in 2020 dragons pretty much rule the world and the humans are close to extinction. And we follow Quinn (Christian Bale), the leader of a group of survivors in England, trying to simply survive. But their way of life takes a bit of a turn when a group of Americans led by a man named Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) arrive. And we follow them as they try to not get killed by dragons. So now we have our post-apocalyptic plot. And is it any good? Yeah… far from flawless, but definitely better than I expected. For the most part it’s an enjoyable and interesting action plot, putting a cool spin on the post-apocalyptic genre. Where the flaws come in is with how the plot is reaching for something more than just a simple action plot. You can tell that they’re trying to reach for a more dramatic and emotionally layered plot, but not being able to grab on to it. So it is brought down by trying to reach for something that they can’t quite reach. But overall it is pretty good.

The characters in this aren’t the deepest, as a matter of fact I didn’t care about them too much, but they were interesting enough that I didn’t want them dead. Christian Bale plays Quinn, the leader of a group of survivors. He’s smart, kind, and tough, making him a somewhat compelling character. And Bale is really good in the role. Matthew McConaughey plays Van Zan, the leader of the Americans that Quinn teams up with. He’s a badass crazy person, and McConaughey chewed up a good amount of scenery here… in a good way. Izabella Scorupco plays Alex, an American helicopter pilot traveling with Van Zan. She’s tough but still has a more vulnerable side (making her somewhat interesting), and Scorupco is good in the role. Gerard Butler plays Creedy, the comic relief/exposition-y best friend of Quinn. And despite not being a great comic relief/exposition-man, Butler is still likable enough that I thought he worked decently in this movie. Really, the cast in this movie is good and they all did well here.

The score for the movie was composed by Edward Shearmur and it was quite good. It was big, badass, haunting, and kind of epic. The only (small) problem I have with it doesn’t come so much from the composition, but ut rather has to do with the implementation of it. While it helps elevate certain moments throughout the movie, it is a bit on the loud side, often drowning out things that should be louder than it… like tanks, and helicopters, and dragons. Again, it’s a small problem that doesn’t take away anything from it, but I thought it would be worth mentioning.

This movie was directed by Rob Bowman and I think he did a pretty good job. The movie has a very drab color scheme, but overall his shots do look pretty good. And let’s talk about the dragons… holy shit, they look fantastic, especially for 2002. The CG looks great and the dragons are very well implemented into the world, giving them a very real presence. Which leads me to the action scenes in this movie (which all involve dragons!). They’re the best part of this movie. They manage to make the action scenes with the dragons very tense, badass, exciting, and feel like they have weight to them. It’s not just a dragon shooting some fire and that’s it, oh no. They really show the destructive force of these overgrown Draco lizards (google it). And it makes the dragons feel a bit more real and a bit more terrifying, which is great.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 40% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 39/100. Roger Ebert gave it 1/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

While far from a great movie, “Reign of Fire” is a surprisingly enjoyable action flick. It has an okay plot, okay characters, really good performances, great music, and really good directing (and those dragons, man!). Time for my final score. *roar*. My final score for “Reign of Fire” is an 8,56/10. So while quite flawed, it’s worth buying.

My review of “Reign of Fire” is now completed.

BIG DWAGON.

Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

Space, the final frontier… the perfect place to go if you’re a rich asshole that doesn’t want to help the poor.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Elysium”.

The world has gone to shit. As the poor struggle to survive in the slums of Los Angeles, the rich have escaped into a space station called “Elysium” because they don’t want to take responsibility. And we follow poor person Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) as he takes on a mission that could help bring a bit more equality to this rich vs. poor world. So now we have our sci-fi movie that wants to deliver a message. And while the delivery of said message can be a little clumsy at times, I think it for the most part works. I think this is an interesting world that gets set up and I also think the overall plot is quite good. I felt invested in it, I wanted to see where it was going. So yeah, the plot here was good.

The characters here are for the most part interesting. I say for the most part because… well, we’ll get to that. Matt Damon plays Max, our sympathetic main character who is likable, funny, and pretty badass. I cared about him, I wanted to see him succeed. And Matt Damon is great in the role. Jodie Foster plays, Delacourt, the sort of antagonist of the film. Let’s put it like this: She’s kind of an asshole that wants to keep the rich at the top and the poor under the shoe of inequality. And yeah, I didn’t really care for her. I didn’t find her very interesting as she was a very one-dimensional character. And while Foster’s performance wasn’t bad, it wasn’t really that great. It was bland and she had some weird accent going on that didn’t really work. Now on the other end of that spectrum we have Sharlto Copley, playing a sort of rogue black ops agent that is out to kill Damon. The character is a total psychopath and Copley killed it as the character, stealing every scene he was in! Alice Braga plays Frey, an old friend of Damon who pops up several times throughout the movie, and she was a pretty good character with an okay arc. And Braga was good in the role. Diego Luna is in the movie as a friend of Damon’s, and he was good. Wagner Moura was also in it, playing a rebel leader of sorts, and he was great. We also got a little bit of William Fichtner in the movie and he was really good in the role. Overall it is a well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Ryan Amon and it was quite good. While not doing anything terribly original, it does work very well for the movie, often adding a bit extra excitement/emotion to a scene. So yeah… it’s good. MOVING ON.

This movie was directed by Neill Blomkamp and I think he did a for the most part really good job. When not a lot is happening, when something just needs to be shown or when there’s just a conversation between two characters, the movie looks quite good. And the way the visual effects are implemented into the movie is some of the best I’ve ever seen. However, whenever action happens… oh boy. It’s shaky and filled with plenty of cuts and it really annoyed me. Hey Blomkamp, just because Matt Damon is in the movie doesn’t mean you should imitate “The Bourne Supremacy”! Sometimes it isn’t too bad, but for the most part it’s just… yikes.

This movie has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 67% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“Elysium” is a good, albeit quite flawed sci-fi movie. It has a really good plot, pretty good characters, really good performances, really good music, and good directing. But it is brought down by Jodie Foster’s character/performance, and the action ebing really shaky/annoying. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Elysium” is an 8,66/10. While flawed, I’d still say that it is worth buying.

My review of “Elysium” is now completed.

Matt Damon is… Jason Poor.

“Darsiders 3” Official Reveal Trailer!

So many trailers, so little time! Here we go!

So first we talked about a movie trailer, then a TV trailer, and now a video game trailer… it’s a trifecta of entertainment. So as you probably read in the title, we have gotten a reveal trailer for “Darksiders 3”. Backstory: In “Darksiders”, the horseman known as War (Liam O’Brien) went on a chaotic adventure and shit got fucked. In “Darksiders 2”, his brother, Death (Michael Wincott), goes on his own adventure to try to redeem War. All caught up? Good. So now we come to “Darksiders 3”, a game that I’ve wanted for quite a while. So what’s the deal here? Well it apparently follows Fury (Actress not yet known), the sister of the other horsemen of the apocalypse, as she goes on a quest to stop the seven deadly sins who have escaped. That’s all we know, and that’s all we need. A badass woman with a whip destroying demons in the “Darksiders” universe… that’s all we get and that’s all we need.  Not much is revealed here, and that’s fine. I’m just excited that a new “Darksiders” is being made. While having no official release date, “Darksiders 3” is most likely being released in 2018.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about “Darksiders 3”? And have played the other games, if so, what do you think? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer.

Movie Review: The Road (2009)

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On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again…

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Road”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything has turned into a fucking wasteland. And in this horrible place we follow a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they wander around, trying to survive as well as make it to the coast. And that’s it. No bigger conspiracy, no trying to figure out a way to fix the country, no zombies… just a man and his son trying to survive. That said, it’s still a very layered and interesting plot. Sure, the basic premise is very simple, but there’s still a lot of suspense and drama throughout the runtime that makes for an absolutely enthralling plot.

The characters in this movie are flawed, damaged, and really interesting. Viggo Mortensen is fantastic as the father, playing him as this stubborn and suspecting man that is very protective of his son. Kodi Smit-McPhee was great as the son, perfectly playing this vulnerable, curious, and kind of naïve little boy. We also get Charlize Theron in a bunch of flashbacks throughout the movie, and she is great in those scenes. Also, don’t be fooled by the big name actors whose names appear on the posters, they all appear in the movie very briefly. Sure, they all do a great job in the movie, but none of them are in it particularly long. That said, it was pretty cool seeing people like Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Guy Pearce, and Michael Kenneth Williams in here.

The score for the movie was composed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and fuck me, it is fantastic! There was never any doubt about to be honest, but it’s always fun to be right. It’s dramatic, haunting, emotional, tense, and just overall very well composed. It really fit this movie perfectly.

This movie was directed by John Hillcoat and I think that he did a great job with it. His directing is deliberately slow-paced and perfectly captures the feeling of the source material. That’s right, for those that didn’t already know… this is an adaptation of a book. It’s based on “The Road” (surprising, I know), which was written by American author Cormac McCarthy. And as someone that has read the book, I can safely say that the world I got in my head when reading the book got perfectly translated to the screen. The directing, cinematography, the feeling of unease… all of those things are present in this movie. I also want to mention that there is some slightly disturbing imagery in this movie… just so you know.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 75% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“The Road” is not only a great adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, but it’s also an overall terrific movie. It features a great plot, good characters, great performances, fantastic music, great directing, and great cinematography. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “The Road” is a 9,88/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Road” is now completed.

Yep, this movie is as depressing as the book… greeeaaat.

 

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Can ayone believe that it’s been 30 years since the last “Mad Max” movie came out? It’s kind of incredible if you think about it. Now as you also may remember, I recently did a series of reviews on the original “Mad Max” trilogy. And that is the reason why it’s taken me so long to watch (and review) this one. I wanted to see the originals first. But now that those are done and this movie is out on all video platforms, I could sit down and review it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

The world has gone to shit… oh wait, it had already done that in “Road Warrior”. Anyway, everything is a wasteland and once again we follow Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy). In this movie he has to help a group of women led by someone called Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) get to safety from the new bad guy simply known as Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). And Max has to do this while being mentally haunted by his past. What I was surprised by with “Fury Road” is the dramatic heft, it is actually really good. This movie presented it’s simple plot with a surprising amount of narrative skill and dramatic heft which really imporved a lot. This movie is a straight up road trip in a wasteland filled with crazy people, yet they managed to put in a lot of great storytelling without it feeling forced or terrible and that is something I absolutely loved.

The characters in this movie are just as colorful and unique as in the previous three movies. Tom Hardy is excellent as Max, really playing this broken and even a bit cynical man. And to still your minds on the question of who I liked more as Max out of Hardy and Gibson… I liked Mel Gibson more. Don’t get me wrong, Hardy was great but I still prefer Gibson a bit more. Anyway, moving on. Charlize Theron as Furiosa… holy shit. Her performance is incredible. There is so much emotion behind her that she really disappears into her performance. Nicholas Hoult is also in the movie, playing a crazy guy named Nux. And he was also pretty great. Then we have Hugh Keays-Byrne (Sidenote: Also played main villain Toecutter in the original “Mad Max”) who plays the villain Immortan Joe. And he was pretty great as well. Nothing much to say other than that he was kind of badass. Unfortunately there was no Bruce Spence in the movie, but I guess we’ll have to live with that. Anyway, every performance was great and every character was entertaining.

The score for the movie was done by Tom Holkenborg (A.K.A. Junkie XL) who also did the score for the movie “Run All Night”. And I’m not gonna lie, the score for the movie was pretty fucking fantastic. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s bombastic and at times it is even beautiful. It is for the most part consistent of a normal orchestra with the occasional electronic sound. But then there are times where the score decides to say “Fuck it” and throw in some electric guitar and be badass. What I am trying to say is that the score is about as crazy, unpredictable and badass as the movie it is used in and I fucking love it.

Once again, George Miller is here to direct a “Mad Max” movie and wow, he has really out-done himself. This movie is perfectly directed and the shots look fantastic. This might be the best looking movie I’ve seen so far that came out this year. Also, thank the lord for the action scenes! I’m almost sick of action movies from recent years. Too much CGI, too much shaky-cam, too much green screen. But then comes “Mad Max: Fury Road” and decides to fix everything again. Everything is practical, there is minimal CGI, no green screen and there is no shaky-cam. The action in this movie is fast, visceral, brutal and the best in recent years. I would put it like this: It’s “The Road Warrior” times 500. It is crazy, bonkers and as amazing as action can be! GAAAAAAH!

This movie released to pretty much universal acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 89/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,3/10 and is ranked #112 on the “Top 250” list.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a breath of fresh, sandy air. It has a surprisingly dramatic & great story, great characters/acting, fantastic music, excellent direction and some of the best action ever. Time for my final score. Hey look, an envelope. WHAT A LOVELY DAY!!! My final score for “Mad Max: Fury Road” is 9,87/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Review of “Mad Max: Fury Road” is completed.

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Movie Review: The Road Warrior (1981)

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Time for part two in my series of reviews based on the original “Mad Max” trilogy before “Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. So sit back, relax, enjoy a cold drink and have a good time while reading this.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Road Warrior”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything is a huge wasteland and fuel has become the most precious commodity. Once again we follow Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) as he travels through the wasteland, together with a dog. So one day he comes upon a small community that has a pretty big problem with a group of bandits led by a man called Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). So he agrees to help them get rid of this bandit problem. And I’m not gonna lie, I was very invested in this story. Sure, there isn’t much of a real story per se, but it is still riveting to say the least. And I never felt like the plot dragged at any point, it had perfect pacing in my opinion.

The characters in “The Road Warrior” are… colorful, to say the least. Let’s start with Max, a pretty cynicla guy who Mel Gibson plays perfectly. What I also like about him is the fact that he isn’t your typical action hero who survives everything and never really gets a scratch. He is in peril through a lot of the movie and shows that he is vulnerable which makes him so much more interesting. Kjell Nilsson is also great as the buff, mask wearing Lord Humungus. Show stealer: Bruce Spence as a kind of crazy guy with a gyrocopter and a fascination with snakes. He was great and entertaining as hell. Honestly, everybody was great in the movie.

Once again the score was composed by Brian May, and once again I have to mention that it isn’t Brian May from the rock band Queen. Anyway, holy shit he really got this score right. As you might remember (if you’ve been here for more than a few weeks), I didn’t like the score for the first “Mad Max” movie that much. But with “The Road Warrior” he really impressed me because this is a terrific score. Not only does it help keep the adrenaline of the action scenes going, but it also managed to have some pretty good drama to it. Good job Brian, you did well.

Just like the first movie, “The Road Warrior” is directed by George Miller. And once again he did a pretty great job at it, getting a lot of great shots and like I said in the “Story/Plot” part, he paced it perfectly. Here’s a fun fact for your butts: This movie was shot in sequence. It’s not always easy to find a movie that has been shot in sequence, but they pulled it off. Also, fucking hell, I love the action in the movie! While the action in “Mad Max” was really good, the action here is what I would call fantastic. It has a lot more intensity than the first movie, it is a little mroe plentiful than the first movie and it is overall much better than in the first movie. And all of it is practical… it almost brings me to tears how much I love that fact.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 98% positive rating (100% is you go by “Top Critics” only” and a “Fresh” Ceritification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“The Road Warrior” took everything good/great about the first “Mad Max” movie and improved on it as much as possible. The story (despite not being there as much) is better, the characters and performances are better, the music is much better, the directing is a little better and the action is some of the best I have ever seen. Time for my final score. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. My final score for “The Road Warrior” is a 9,86/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“The Road Warrior” is now reviewed.

You wanna get out of here, you talk to me.