Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the installment in the Mad Max film series. Filming took place in locations around Broken Hill, in the outback of New South Wales, Mad Max 2 was released on 24 December 1981, and received ample critical acclaim. Observers praised the visuals and Gibsons role, the films comic-book post-apocalyptic/punk style popularized the genre in film and fiction writing. The film was preceded by Mad Max in 1979 and followed by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and Mad Max and his only companions are an Australian Cattle Dog and a rare functioning firearm – a sawn-off shotgun – for which ammunition is very scarce. While trying to escape a group of gang members – led by a motorcycle rider named Wez – Max manages to crash two of the gang members vehicles and injure Wez, recognising his defeat, Wez flees. After collecting some fuel from the cars and checking a nearby Mack semi. Its pilot, the Gyro Captain, ambushes Max and manages to capture him briefly before being overpowered, in exchange for his own life, the pilot guides Max to a small oil refinery nearby. Max arrives to see the facility under siege by a gang of marauders riding a motley collection of cars, the gang leader, known as Lord Humungus, tries to convince the refinerys defenders to surrender the facility in exchange for safe passage out of the area. A group of defenders attempts to out of the compound, but the marauders capture, torture, and kill all but one of them. Max makes a deal with the sole survivor, he will bring him back to the compound in exchange for a tank of fuel. The man dies shortly after they enter the facility, and the facility leader, Pappagallo, reneges on the deal and his group is on the verge of killing Max when the marauders return, and Humungus repeats his offer. The group accepts, but keeps Maxs car to ensure his co-operation, Max sneaks out, locating the Gyro Captain and conscripts him to help find the truck using his gyrocopter. After finding the truck, Max drives it back to the compound, the defenders want Max to escape with the group, but Max opts to collect his petrol and leave. However, his attempt to break through the siege fails, Wez gives chase in Humungus nitrous oxide-equipped car and runs Max off the road, wrecking his vehicle and severely injuring him. The marauders kill Maxs dog with a crossbow, then attempt to siphon the fuel from the Pursuit Specials tanks, but trigger an explosive booby trap, left for dead, Max is rescued by the Gyro Captain as he is trying to crawl back to the refinery. With no other means of escape and with the refinerys defenders preparing to depart and he leaves the compound in the heavily-armoured truck, accompanied by the Feral Kid he has befriended and by other inhabitants aboard as defenders. Pappagallo escorts him out in a captured marauder vehicle, Humungus and most of his warriors pursue the tanker, leaving the remaining inhabitants free to flee the compound in a ramshackle caravan and buses, blowing up the refinery as they leave
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Filming took place in the desert surrounding the remote mining town of Broken Hill, New South Wales.