Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
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It was a lot more character driven and grounded than the previous two installments, which sound like a good thing, but the way it is done is immensely bland. I found it very difficult to care for these characters, they are not likable enough for me to gain any sort of affection for them.
The cast do not do a stellar job in helping this movie either. Mel Gibson still shines as Max, but his heart simply is not in it as much the third time around. Tina Turner, on the other hand, is absolutely horrendous, failing to do anything interesting with a juicy role like this, having no screen charisma, there is a reason why this is her only big acting role.
Has potential, but lets you down. Some people may love it, but Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome simply was not for me, and I would not recommend it.
Max teams up with some new allies to fight for his survival in this post apocalyptic world.
Best Performance: Mel Gibson / Worst Performance: Tina Turner
The third movie in the trilogy Mad Max franchise and the weakest Mad Max film I ever saw. This movie is stupid! I never understood why this movie is so bad. Even the first Mad Max is better than Beyond Thunderdome. Why such a praise for this film? The only good thing in this film is Mel Gibson and Tina Turner and her songs but that's it. The rest of the film everything sucks so bad in here and it is rated PG-13 and everything in this film is just wrong. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is awesome and the best of the trilogy, this film just isn't. But it is a real let down and a true disappointment for a fan like me. Max without his car V8 is nothing but a peace of low life.
I know a lot of people love this film and I respect that some people even think this is better then the original Mad Max, Really? What is so good about this movie? Huh. This movie is boring, less violent it is PG-13 movie and Mel Gibson is at worst at his performance. This movie was a failure to me.
Every time I watch it I just feel miserable oh and Mad Max the original film is way better flick then this one it really is.
I apologize to all fans but in my opinion not yours this movie is the weakest one in the Mad Max franchise and if they would focus more on Bardertown and Thunderdome and got rid of the kids and make this movie rated R this could have been a great movie but right now in my opinion its a "bad" movie .
This movie felt too rushed and it felt it just wasn't right.
And also why this film is in the sand why the are no roads here? Why this is not a wasteland? Gosh I hate this film sue me! I also reviewed 2 years ago the first three Mad Max films and I didn't want to disrespect Mad Max franchise and I didn't want to get the hate on here.
Mostly it was George Miller's fault when his friend and Producer Byron Kennedy died in a helicopter crash. He didn't care he made it less violent less apocalyptic and less action I really don't understand why people love this movie but the first one they don't? I don't know.
We never found out more about Max or his fate the movie does not tell us anything.
Shame on you, George this movie destroyed the Mad Max trilogy I am glad that Mad Max: Fury Road come out 20 years later and yes it is MILES way better action film then this one and I have reviewed all of them.
Also I like Mel Gibson as a actor I always did I never said I hate him he is a really good actor and the Mad Max Trilogy alongside with Lethal Weapon franchise those movies made him in to a star that he is today so yea.
Sadly the film is failure to me just my opinion.
Tina Turner wasn't that terrible because she made two songs for this film and she performed her self. Songs: One of the Living and We Don't Need Another Hero a great songs and I love to listening them.
Tina Turner also at acting isn't that terrible.
But this film is horrendous awful and it sucks I hate those kids.
This Mad Max has no weapons by him self, he has no car and Max doesn't kill anybody in this film.
It feels to me like this Max is a pussy and he is afraid to kill people.
I also have this movie on Blu-ray disc in my collection even tough is a boring stupid awful time waster I still have it in my video collection.
I don't like this film I don't. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is my number 1 action film in this franchise which is the best one, second best one to me is Mad Max: Fury Road I love those two films to death they are great films. Mad Max the first one is a good action film but it has problems but is at least better action film then Thunderdome that is my opinion.
Everyone has had a paper cut before. That really small sliver glowing red. That small little slice is the thickness of this film's story. Loner fighter man wins a duel inside a metal sphere with the town looking on. He doesn't follow all the rules and is cast away to die. He ends up at a village with lots of native kids. Stuff happens. The original mean town learns he is alive. They chase after him with one of those iconic mammoth car chase battles. Sprinkle on dirt and sweat and grim and there's your picture. The End. It felt like a darker version of Goonies at times.
Tina Turner is a great villain, Mel Gibson is great as usual. The story is good so don't understand why some are not happy with this 3rd film and conclusion. Maybe it's just the fact I grew up with the trilogy and I have great nostalgic memories or maybe the film really is good.
I finally got around to watching it, and despite the fact i was disappointed by the films lack of series trademarks of car chases and a strong silent hero, i found it entertaining to watch.
Mel Gibson returns as Max in a mediocre but still entertaining performance, he's joined by in a weird piece of casting Tina Turner and despite having second billing she's not present for most of the film, although her performance is terrific and entertaining to watch.
A series tradition of having an actor of a previous Mad Max film aside from the actor Playing Max is upheld with a performance by Bruce Spence, who is criminally under used and relegated to a few short appearances.
George Miller Directing is bad but forgivable due to the Death of Series co creator Byron Kennedy, so whilst he handles the action scenes, George Ogilvie handles all non action scenes which most are boring,the action scenes are the highlight of the film and are entertaining to watch as they're few and far between, and of course the best part of the film.
To start once again we follow Max (Jesus that dude can't catch a break) years after the events of the Road Warrior as he stumbles to the city of Bartertown, a town in which under to authority of Tina Turner at her prime, has prosper despite the fact that by that point petrol is 100% gone. To be honest the structure of the city is very interesting as also the idea, how would a town be after oil is gone, what could it use for energy, what are the rules of this society. In general if the film had focus in that city and the clash between our beloved anti-hero and the sexy dictator, it would definitely work out.
Unfortunately it didn't go that way and though I don;t want spoil the movie, to put it in general after the middle of the film this Lost Boys story-line is added and markedly decease the quality of the final product over all. I have no clue why Miller put that in, but my educated guess is that, the death of the producer Byron Kennedy and his replacement with George Ogilvie, is the main reason for that. For the Mad Max series was practically created by both Miller and Kennedy and the lose of the main-producer surely hampered the production.
Nevetheless it is a serviceable film and worth your time, if not for any reason then at list to see a interesting take of a post-apocalyptic society. As for the other plot, well just go with it, you can't do something less for that.
When I saw MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME was showing on TV again, I decided to bite the bullet and sit down and watch it, fearing the worst. I didn't get that, but this is definitely the weakest MAD MAX film of the series. The heart and soul of the story is missing from this one. It seems like a tired repeat of the last movie, with an unwelcome American presence in the likes of Tina Turner and more Hollywood ideals. Much of the blame must lie on the troubled production: the producer died causing George Miller to back out and only direct the action sequences while another hand took over the character and dialogue moments. The result is a mixed production. The action scenes, of which there are only really two – the 'gladiator combat' scene in the Thunderdome, and the final chase – are exquisite, as good as that which has come before, and very entertaining. Not original, but still entertaining.
The non-action scenes drag like heck. The colony of feral children are mostly irritating, with too many attempts to make them 'cute'. They actually reminded me of the Ewoks in RETURN OF THE JEDI. Gibson's character is underwritten in this one, so that he barely speaks and seems like a void at the centre of the film. There's no sense of his desperation or his primal nature here, he's just a stock hero character. I found Tina Turner to be pretty insipid as the would-be villainess, although I was happy to see Bruce Spence returning as the helicopter pilot, albeit he plays a different character this time around. I was also delighted by the casting of veteran dwarf actor Angelo Rossitto who bags something of a swan song performance late on in his career. So, the final result: a hit and miss effort, soon forgotten. The final chase scene, though, is worth watching, even if it is a case of revisiting past glories.
This was for me even a bit boring and the end scene did remind a bit too much of the truck scene in Mad Max 2. effects were all okay but a lousy script made this rejectable.
But it made money, being a major release and having Tina Turner in it at her heydays.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
George Miller came back as the director of this movie, he also did "Mad Max" (a good movie), "Mad Max: Road Warrior" (even better) and "Mad Max: Fury Road" (the best movie of 2015 till now). In this Mad Max movie he did a good job at directing it, I just don't get why he made it feel like there were two different movies. If the fleshed out the first part of the movie more, this would have been an amazingly good movie, but they didn't. The cinematography was very well done, the camera flows were nice, and there were some pretty aerial shots. Sometimes, mostly in Bartertown, there were long shots, with just a couple of edits, but with these shots they showed really good how the post-apocalyptic town looks like.Due to these shots they made the town more interesting. With these aerial shots they also showed well how deserted the wasteland looks. The clothing design was like in the previous movies, a bit on the cheap hand. But I liked that they kept the clothing style of the second movie. like the rugby sholderpats and the mohawk. The wig of Max looked really fake, which was a big minus for me. The music was good too, it felt Mad Maxy, and fitted well with the post-apocalyptic ethos.
This movie stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner and a lot of lesser known actors. Mel Gibson repraised his role as Max Rockatansky. He was just as good as in the previous movies, although I like Tom Hardy better as Max. Mels Mad Max still had some charisma of the previous films, which was nice. Tina Turner was OK, she was better then I expected, you don't get a lot of good performances of singers. Even though Adam Levigne was pretty good in "Begin Again". Turner played Enity. She was in control of Bartertown. You also had the Master and the Blaster. Angelo Rossitto played the Master. He is a tiny guy. I didn't like him at all. He was too childish, just near the end of the movie I started to like him more. He felt like a comic relief. Or as someone who has to lure in more kids to the theater. The Blaster is played by Paul Larsson. Max had to fight him in the Thunderdome. This scene was probably my favorite scene of the movie. It was very creative, and nicely filmed. In the thunderdome the opponents are tied up to two elastic cords. on the roof of the arena there are weapons, and the two opponents have to get a weapon and then kill each other. In this scene Max gets his hands on a chainsaw. This was the perfect opportunity to have a blood fest. But because the movie is rated pg13 it isn't. And it is so stupid that it is rated pg 13.
The script of the first part of the movie was well written but the script of the second part, was just plain boring. it was dull and unnecessary. it was just ridicule at times. The story of the first part was good, but it already ends after the first hour after that you don't hear anything anymore about the thunderdome, nothing at all!there were also some clichés in the movie but the thing that bothered me was that they tried to recreate the chase scene from the first movie, but with the truck being a train. the fighting in this last scene is just to comical. I mean, come on, they hit someone with a pan...
Overall this is the worst Mad Max film that there is. The first part was really good and gets a nine out of then from me, but the second part just ruined everything for me, and this part gets a one out of then which is a ten out of twenty which makes it a 5/10. This movie is very interesting at the beginning, but ends as a boring mess.
Like the vehicles in the world of Mad Max, Bartertown is hammered together from spare parts. It is ruled by Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), who is locked in a constant power-struggle with Master Blaster, a grotesque tag-team who overlooks the pits below the town where pigs are farmed and harvested for methane gas. Master is a dwarf played by Angelo Rossitto who rides on the back of Blaster, a giant of a man who wears a huge concealing helmet, and is played by Paul Larsson. Master Blaster may be George Miller's most interesting creation, and as Max inevitably faces Blaster is the arena known as the Thunderdome - where all quarrels are concluded as two men enter but only one leaves - one of the most inventive scraps in cinema history plays out, as they bounce at each other on huge elastic bands and hack at each other with all manners of weapons.
Yet that is only half of the film. Miller resigned himself to just directing the action scenes following the tragic death of his friend and location scout Byron Kennedy, so the rest of the film was put in the hands of George Ogilvie. Narrowly escaping Bartertown with his life, Max discovers the young survivors of a plane crash who has developed their own little tribal society, and it's here that the film goes a bit Peter Pan. Whether this was down to Miller's absence or not - Beyond Thunderdome lacks the edge of its predecessors, occasionally dipping into traditional mainstream fantasy fare and losing focus of its antagonists motivation. Still, the film delivers where expected - the action scenes. Again we get a tanker being chased down by an army of baddies in doomsday vehicle's, and again we are treated to some awe-inspiring stunts that hold up even today. It's the weakest of the original trilogy but hugely entertaining stuff.
I don't take to the Bartertown portion of the film, it may be closer to Road Warrior in spirit but all I see here is rushed spectacle for a boorish audience, contraptions. We do see a bit more of the Max world in this place but not in any way I care for. It feels like this part was bolted on when they decided to turn a separate script into a Max movie.
No, I'm oddly captivated by the Lord of the Flies portion. I see glimmers of magic in the way the narrative of something that crashed from the skies one day has been preserved in the minds of kids, the way it's revealed through a screen that frames remnants of half- remembered story, the chorus of awestruck kids for whom all of this has profound meaning.
It does open up a window to a whole swathe of Max world but this time with deep feeling, as myth the kids have vowed to keep in memory and bide their time for. Sure, we are in Goonies territory and again in the end with the city, but there's hushed yearning here, an almost Biblical kind.
The rest is in the chase, a train this time, briefer than usual and over before it really exhilarates, as if more by obligation than keenness for it. They would eventually build a whole other film around it, extending it to an entire circus around the rig, but that would have to wait for 30 years.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome sees the return of Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson). After he is robbed of his possessions whilst travelling through the Australian outback via camel-drawn wagon, Max manages to stumble upon Bartertown, a trading post for all manner of criminals and ruled with an iron fist by a ruthless Amazon-like ruler named Aunt Entity (Tina Turner) as well as a freakish Master Blaster (Angelo Rossitto and Paul Larsson). Bartertown is also powered by pig manure utilised to maintain the town's electricity supply. Max is forced to engage in gladiatorial fights on behalf of Aunt Entity in order that she gain complete control of the town, but he is thrown back out into the desert when Max refuses to kill his opponent. He then stumbles upon a group of orphans, the only survivors of a plane crash during the nuclear war and with their help he returns to Bartertown.
Apart from the fact the entire movie was watered down and just seemed like a kids fantasy movie, there was really nothing spectacular to write about the movie. The train-truck pursuit had the only thing going for it but that was about it.
I can't fault Mel Gibson here and Tina Turner does a decent job as the flamboyant Aunty Entity. Keep an eye out for other actors in the movie such as Angry Anderson, the late Frank Thring, Bruce Spence who returns as a different character, George Spartels (Play School), and a really young Justine Clarke (also from Play School fame as well as a multitude of Australian shows and movies).
I don't know what director George Miller was thinking with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The end result is very underwhelming which saw the trilogy come to an end with a whimper. Thankfully the Mad Max series was spectacularly resurrected with Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) which saw Tom Hardy take over the coveted role as Max Rockatansky.
True action fans and fans of the Mad Max movies should only really consider the first two Mad Max movies as classics, and if they want to consider the fourth movie they can. The third movie was a disappointment.
The end of Mad Max 2 was ambiguous yet still had great closure - a good way the series could have ended instead of moving onto this garbage. As always Max finds himself among a community of people in this post-apocalyptic world, looking for what he needs and nothing more. The people there need his help to rebel against the team of "master" and "blaster." The title comes from Max and "Blaster" fighting to the death in a cage called "Thunderdome." Max is extradited from the community (by a wheel of consequences - really??) after not killing Blaster, which was part of a deal he made. He meets up with a different community that happens to have a huge child to adult ratio, almost to a level like the one in "Hook" by Spielberg. He is forced to help them since they worship him as if he was a hero they all know and love.
Road-action is slightly present in the third act, but it is more ridiculous than in the first two films, so it is not really worth discussing. This film was boring, almost cartoonish, and was a terrible third installment. Third installments are extreme hits or extreme misses, and this was a miss.