Certain movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times. Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know. All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Facebook Group.
This week’s Movie Club: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: George Miller
Written By: Terry Hayes , George Miller , Brian Hannant
In Theaters: May 21, 1982 wide
Runtime: 96 minutes
It’s hard to say you’re truly a movie fan if you haven’t seen Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. If you saw the Road Warrior and didn’t like it, I’d have to question your manhood.
The film challenges you to ask yourself who you would be today if it all fell apart. Society, technology, governments – if they all just stopped, what would our roles be in a new world without rules?
You will see Mel Gibson as Max in this sequel to an Australian television movie that far eclipsed the original. Max only has 16 lines of dialogue in this film and twice he says:
“I only came for the gasoline.”
The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where everyone must join a side or fend for themselves. The only technology that exists is what’s left over, and there is a seriously limited supply of fuel. Max is a scavenger of the wasteland looking for fuel for his bitchin’ Ford Interceptor when he discovers a tribe of people who figured out how to produce gasoline, and are preparing to travel with it and restart society in some far away land.
The only thing standing in their way is the Lord Humongous, a muscle bound psychopath in a fur Speedo and a hockey mask riding a dune buggy. He plans to attack the makeshift city and steal the fuel – and Max is the only one who can get them a truck to safely haul the fuel. It’s so fuckin’ cool.
The beauty of the Road Warrior is its simplicity.
“We are here, we need to get there, and those guys are in our way” is the film in a nutshell, yet George Miller was brilliant enough to create a colorful world you can really get sucked into. The lawlessness really does make you jealous at times. The characters are all wearing leather, Mohawks, feathers, tools, and sports gear – basically the shit we’d all wear if we never needed a job.
The film has moral questions and deception, in a context of survival and self-reliance.
This film has Proud Boys written all over it. It’s simply a guy’s film about priorities and decision making. Mad Max 2 is a beautifully put together check list of “needs” in a broken world where the ultimate goal is to keep moving.
There’s violence, there are cars, there are awesome machines being pushed to the limit, and there is Max – the man we all hope to be. Watch this film and ask: “Who am I in the Wasteland?”. I’d like to see myself as the feral child with the boomerang and the mullet, but we’re probably all a little more like the gyro captain. Have fun watching.