Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Post  BoG on Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:21 pm

MEL GIBSON is MAD MAX again in


After the phenomenal Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior (1981), star Mel Gibson and Director George Miller decided to go for a 3rd stab at the modern mythology they had created. Miller brought on board George Ogilvie as co-director to help with all the scenes involving the children. Uh-oh, children, you're probably saying to yourself? Yep. Max, after an initial adventure in the seedy Bartertown, accidentally finds himself in a lost oasis populated by all these kids, who all grew up there after some airplane crash years ago.
BELOW: these are not the kids
This continues the post-holocaust setting of The Road Warrior, where now it seems everything has settled down to a roughly pre-industrial new age. Singer Tina Turner rules Bartertown, including the main attraction, Thunderdome, the latest gladiatorial arena in which all problems are settled. Some of this is mildly interesting, in terms of creating a new kind of civilization from scratch, and entertaining, but like many of the low budget sci-fi films of the eighties, this higher-budgeted effort merely retreads much ground already covered in The Road Warrior, only at a slower pace. Where in The Road Warrior the poetic yet violent images seemed natural, here they seem forced and overdone. This includes the scenes with the children where, though their new language & mannerisms are original, it becomes tedious to listen to after a few minutes.
All these drawbacks may explain why there wasn't a 4th Mad Max film 3 or 4 years after this one. Gibson was still excellent and commanding in the role that made his career, so he certainly wasn't the reason the film series petered out here. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10. There were plans for a 4th film recently, just a few years ago, and filming actually began, I think, but things had to be canceled for various reasons, including problems with the locations.


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