The sad thing is that it doesn't really require much exposition for the audience to buy a degraded world, because we already see evidence of it happening all around us. I think it is the 2nd best for sure. They aren't developed very much, but totally seem like an Australian hippie feminist commune. He searches for peace of his mind, but suddenly he is abducted by some wild soldiers and falls into a series of unpredictable events… George Miller managed to set a certain, utterly astonishing, tone of the film from the very beginning. If you are not invested in the action, you cannot really feel bad when something goes wrong for them. The closest representation of redemption would be violence.
Max lets her back on the rig but he doesn't want to take the rest of the women. He was someone who only looked out for himself at the beginning. I don't doubt that there's something to be said about Max and about the film from his perspective but it's still my opinion that there's a reason that he's mostly silent. The people who are deprived of water are never shown doing or craving anything else. Another aspect about this film that made it enjoyable without creating the cliche of a Hollywood film would do, is that there is no romance in it. But his ruin was inevitable. In the Citadel, there is a large community of survivors lorded over by the leader of the War Boys, Immortan Joe , who also played the villain Toecutter in the original film.
After he misses twice, however, we see her climb down from the rig. These are crude and fictive allusions to Indigenous kinship, but undoubtedly deliberate ones. The two crash in the storm. This allows unusual dynamics of language and behaviour of mateship between she and Max. Saying that there are general, stereotypical differences between all men and women is a self-fulfilling social construct, and as I said before, if you want to preserve obsolete social constructs regarding women, you're a sexist. The Imperator smears grease across her forehead.
In fact, Max, played by Tom Hardy, is more of a side character, swept up into the plot like the sand in the wind. Gas Town commands a lot of power, because it controls the gas. There's nothing he can do about it, they're gone and that's it. The truth isn't that we need a society where every role is equally valued and people are celebrated for their differences and their strengths. So much of the action movie genre is defined by manly men doing manly man things like punching people and blowing things up and shooting guns at other men who are also punching people and blowing things up. Max awakens to find himself still chained to an unconscious Nux and still wearing his muzzle. Naturally, a hot pursuit results — one that eventually draws in multiple warring factions, extends through sandstorms and firestorms, and results in massive amounts of destruction.
But in modern society, where the government has a monopoly on violence, this does not factor, or should not, in social dynamics. There's a range of personalities that crosses the gender divide, and any biological tendencies within the social construct that is society are just that: tendencies. Seeds and bullets as a metaphor for regeneration and death The movie has two clashing metaphors for death and renewal. The War Boys believe that Immortan Joe can deliver them to the gates of Valhalla, so Nux is willing to risk death in service to his leader. There goes Max, the lonely wanderer, who is tormented by the ghosts of his past. In a world deprived of water, little else matters In the beginning, the first time Immortan releases the water, he warns his subjects not to get too addicted to water, a heartbreaking statement indeed! Following a nuclear holocaust, Max Rockatansky Hardy is captured by an army called the War Boys which is led by the tyrannical ruler Immortan Joe.
Joe sees them with his telescope, knowing full-well what their plan is. These two very different interpretations of religion are presented in a manner that keeps the discussion of religion neutral in the film. She starts to lose consciousness, and Max gives her a transfusion of his own blood. Men and women are all individuals, members of different and varying societies, and there are an uncountable number of different personalities that any member of either gender could express. It's almost a critique of the others, in the sense that this movie is very anti-hope, anti-venture, pro-pragmatism. But in a thoughtful way. They are also chosen because fashion looks best on extremely tall extremely thin women apparently.
Most importantly though is what it does not serve as: propaganda. Not all the time but sometimes I do enjoy a movie like Mad Max. But none of that should remotely imply that the action here is lost in the message. One of the bikers complains that she said there would be a few pursuers, but there are three large parties. The Big Boss has all the water, and he doles it out by flooding people once in a while. Nux is a brainwashed goon, a man-creature who believes that he will die and be reborn after sacrificing himself for a trip to Valhalla. The chase through the caves shows that the Citadel is extensive and has an ample water supply as well as greenhouses.