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'The Road' vs. 'The Road Warrior' (1982)

Australian director John Hillcoat's rendition of Cormac McCarthy's bleak, futuristic fable is impressively shot, but it's also a bit parched and monotonous. Almost 30 years ago, another Australian director, George Miller, helped to make a star of Mel Gibson when he cast him as a lone commando battling gangs of marauding bikers in a post-apocalyptic landscape. "The Road Warrior" benefits from energetic pacing and a vivid cast of menacing characters that "The Road" desperately needs. Dimension / LACMA
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