“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Theatrical Release: 1985 / Director: George Miller (II), George Ogilvie / Actors: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner ... / DVD released 30 July, 1997 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC „
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I'll be honest. I really don't know where to begin on this one. There are so many things I disliked about this sequel that my mind is an unorganised clutter of thoughts. But, I suppose going chronological with the film would make sense.
After having his possessions looted, Max (Mel Gibson) arrives on foot to a community called Bartertown. Run by a royal diva - Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), Max makes a deal with her to provoke a fight with the duo "Master Blaster" and defeat them. "Master" is a dwarf-sized person and the brains of the two, riding on top of this buffed up tank of a man called "Blaster". They duke it out in the Thunderdome. A gladiator type arena (not really) which has only one rule: Two men enter, one man leaves. However, when Max breaks off the deal, he is banished out to the desert to perish. Where he is rescued by a tribe of children, taken back to a foliage filled canyon. Survivors from a plane crash, they mistaken Max as a pilot named Captain Walker who promised to return and lead them to the haven of "Tomorrow-morrow land".
When I watched the Road Warrior, I loved the mythos of people wearing leather and riding metal beasts on wheels. Here it felt like a step down, with a caveman like setting. People wearing rags, no electricity, structures made of bamboo. Within the first 20 minutes I was like "What am I watching, the Flintstones?".
There was one good fight in the Thunderdome, between Max and Blaster that lasted about 10 minutes. With both of them bungee jumping around, with some fun, creative fighting. That might have been the only thing I liked from this scrap pile.
What is Tina Turner doing here? Now, I don't know what her popularity status was at the time when this was made. But, it feels like this movie sold-out just to place a recognisable star on the movie poster. And, of all people, why her? Now, I didn't think she did a bad job, but she didn't bring much to the table. I like the idea of having this Nubian queen running the city. However, they could have done a lot more. Like have some sexual tension between her and Max. Just to make things interesting and establish a more entertaining relationship.
It's funny if you think about this one compared to the original, and how DISTANT these films feel from each other. How did it break off in this weird direction. Even the appearance of Mel Gibson. Who now, clearly looks like Mel. As opposed to before, as this unrecognisable youth.
I think this is the film where fans will fork in the road. There's those who welcome this entry and feel it is a wonderful follow-up and then there's those, who think that this was a wreck and a strange path the creators have chosen. I myself, fall into the second group.
When I heard about the "Thunderdome" I had the impression that there would have been this abandon stadium, showcasing some epic fighting spectacles on a big scale set. That wasn't the case. Thunderdome was nothing but a mere oversized birdcage. I couldn't believe it.
It never reached the heights that I expected. I didn't care what was going on to be frank. I was actually anticipating for it to just wrap it up already. The writing is pretty bad. The character motives, and the transitions within the story made little sense. This feels like it got dumbed down to appeal for kids or perhaps be more broader. It just repelled me.
This is a very strange trilogy, in the fact that every single segment feels vastly different from the other. Personally, I think this one is the worst out of the three. I did not enjoy, nor feel it was a good production.
It had some good ideas, and lots of potential. If only there was a lot more tweaking on a poorly done script and strange revision, it could have been at the same level as the second. But, the end result is this mess of a movie.
After watching the whole "trilogy". It feels like they still had one more good Mad Max film to make. But as the years rolled down the road of time. It seems like this series as reached a Dead End. A shame, because I wouldn't want the series to end on a flat note like this. I feel like Mad Max 1 and 3 were just add-ons, and were optional stories if you were willing to except them. But, I think you could pass on them and just watch "The Road Warrior" on itself. That one is the best.
THis is a film only review of Mad Max beyond the thunderdome, yes this is yet another late night film watched whilst feeding junior his last feed of the day.
Mad Max BTT, is a film starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner directed by George Ogilvie set in an altered Australia after some kind of apocalyptic war. We first met Max in the very cheaply made but brilliantly acted and directed in Mad Max, in this post-apocalyptical world petrol is the ultimate commodity. Mad Max is very much the anti-hero set in a world gone bad, played by a scarily young looking Mel Gibson with a far more pronounced Aussie accent he is brash and confident. The films themselves are violent, depicting the breakdown of society with murder and vengeance common place.
Mad Max is riding a camel through the Australian outback when he is attacked and all his belongings stolen, he manages to get to a small town called BarberTown run by the ruthless Aunty Entity (Tina Turner). The town is powered on methane produced from pig dung, and is a centre for cruelty and oppression from the said Entity, realising an interesting new opponent has entered the town she soon captures Max and forces him into a battle.
One of the iconic images from any film of the eighties was the battle between Mad Max and the Blaster set in a huge bird cage type theatre. The Blaster is one half of the Master Blaster, the other being a very small man called the Master they are in a direct battle with Entity over control over the town. The cage is about 20 feet high made up of steel girders and barbed wire with squares about 6-9 inch wide, along the wire steel spikes are embedded projecting into the arena. Also towards the top of the cage weapons are inserted into the steel wire, Max and the Blaster are attached to elasticated ropes which allows them to spring around the cage, this is a fight to the death. With spectators hanging all around the cage, looking in, Entity tells the fighters that this is a fight "which two men enter, only one leaves". The Blaster is a huge man, a good six inches taller than Max with a massive physique and his face is covered by a huge helmet.
The fight is a good old fashioned fight between a smaller but quicker man and a huge powerful man. They trade blows and Max generally comes off the worse being thrown to the cage walls regularly, he just misses being speared by one of the spikes several times. The fight soon develops into a more tactical battle, when the Blaster gets hold off a huge sickle and Max a club, eventually Max wins through and knocks off the giants helmet only to find a simpleton looking back at him. At that the Master interveenes and tries to save his friends life but the evil Entity has Blaster shot with arrows, Max manages to escape and the story takes a strange turn.
The first half of the film, is one which viewers of the previous Mad Max films will be well accustomed with, there's lots of fights, lots of cars, lots of chases but the second half of the film takes a strange turn. Max is sent into the desert tied to a horse, when the horse dies he tries to stagger back to the town but passes out, at this point he is rescued by a tribe of children and taken to a grotto near a stream and nursed by to health. Once awakening he is informed that he is the one which the children have been waiting for and will fly them back to civilisation, fly? Yes fly and he is shown the remnants of an old jumbo jet half buried in the sand.
The children are remnants from the original passengers on the plane and are waiting for a chance to return to civilisation. Max gets angry and tells them there is nothing to return too but of course his arrival is a catalysis for the end third of the film, with a return to the town and the removal of Entity. The children are a bit weird, there is a kind of Peter PAn feel to them and they are living in an oasis surrounded by desert not jus tof sand but of civilisation also.
Mad Max BTT is a film which dispels the concept that sequels never work, here in a third of a trilogy we encounter the best of the three films, indeed one of the best films of the eighties. The director fills our screens with huge hair, outlandish characters, and a vision of a disrupted society clinging to any shred of civilisation, even when the civilisation is a town run by a dictator powered by pig poo. Along the way, we meet intriguing characters, have an amazing fight in a cage and see the true effects of war in the final scenes showing a ruined Sydney.
They even finish with the obligatory car chase and have a load of explosions, it hits all the right buttons and leaves the viewer wanting more.
Directors: George Miller and George Oglilvie
Producers: Terry Hayes, George Miller and Doug Mitchell
Writers: Terry Hayes and George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence and Angelo Rossitto
This third instalment in the Mad Max sagas was released in the summer of 1985...and continues to follow the hellish life of ex-police officer Max Rockatansky.
** BRIEF PLOT **
Max Rockatansky, (played by Mel Gibson) was once an Australian police officer until he sought revenge for the death of his wife and children... now, a washed out loner, he simply wonders the desert trying to survive in the hell which is Earth...
Max is ambushed, losing everything he owns, he is left defenceless in the vast sands of hell... wondering the desert until he stumbles upon Bartertown, a small place where some very unsavoury characters live, which is run by Aunty Entity, (played by Tina Turner), a vicious lady with a thirst for blood...
With the town having electricity and good technology, all being powered by a methane refined by the very clever, but rather restricted Master, (played by Angelo Rossitto), who relies on Blaster, (played by Paul Larsson), a hulk of a man who lacks many grey cells, for protection and mobility...
As Max insults the honour of Entity, he is soon exiled for Bartertown, sent to wonder the deserts once again... soon stumbling upon another small group of survivors, only this time children, who believe Max to be more than he actually is... Leading to a massive confrontation with the residents of Bartertown with some devastating consequences...
* IN CONCLUSION *
Another action packed movie from the Mad Max sequels...
It is set in the same scenario as the first movie, survival of mankind in a desert after a nuclear strike... making earth into what can only be described as Hell...
Gibson, already made his name from Mad Max, is again brilliant, although his speaking parts are more or less non existence, his acting skills really are showing the world what this man is capable of in the movie circles.
And what can we say about the part played by Tina Turner...? Well... she has always been a little peculiar, of sorts, with her brilliant singing voice and whacky attitude... so the part of Auntie Entity, the control freak with a lust for fights really does her proud... she acts her part as well as you would expect, with a roughness and weirdness that fits her character perfectly.
It is another far fetched storyline which is still so entertaining it will have you glued to the chair, watching as the different stories unfold... from the very strange fighting in the Thunderdome, watched over by the even stranger Tina Turner, to the snatch of freedom from the younger survivors of the apocalypse who are forever searching for tomorrow- morrow, a mythical place where they think their parents are...
The entire film is a mish mash of science fiction, thrills, action and pure adrenalin rush... giving the viewer nearly an hour and fifty minutes of mind bending, and sometimes depressing action...
In all, it is another brilliant Aussie made action packed movie which will have you enthralled throughout...
If you want to get a copy then go to www.amazon.co.uk and get one for less than £7.00... Bargain...
Mad Max has to be one of my favourite movies, and is the movie which introduced us to one of Hollywoods finest - Mel Gibson. Mad Max 2 was ok, but not quite as good as the original losing something of that one's frenetic pacing which was its main selling point. It was still a good movie though. Mad Max 3...is probably the reason there was never a Mad Max 4. This movie smacks of an idea being stretched too far and a bunch of flimmakers knowing they didn't have to put too much work into it to make it sell - they could just play upon past glories, a big budget and the addition of a few big names. Well, it worked with me at least. I had heard some of the bad reviews, the warnings etc. but also a couple of good things so decided to check it out anyway. I was disappointed, but its not a total disaster as some would have you believe. Here, our renegade road warrior Max, finds himself grounded on two feet in the badlands town of Bartertown. He was attacked in the desert and all his possessions etc. stolen. He has no choice but to enter this post-apocalyptic city where some of the remnants of humanity are attempting to rebuild their existence. The community is ruled over by Aunty Entity played by Tina Turner, who convinces him to take part in a one on one duel with a gargantuan giant in a gladiatorial battle arena called the Thunderdome. He violates some rule or other and is banished once more to the desert where his is taken in by a band of desert dwelling children(all very Lord Of The Flies). Still is bit miffed at being cheated by the Bartertown he return to wreak revenge upon them and tries to help the children as well. Well, that is the plot as I see it - if you read other reviews then you'll find that there actually doesn't seem to be much consensus as to what exactly the main focus of this movie is, probably because it is a little confused. It is good to see that the director has tried to take the movie in a different dire
ction rather than following the same formula over and again, but to be honest, I don't think that this was the right direction to be following. Mad Max on two legs? The main appeal of the original two movies was the high octane nature of the chases, you could almost smell the gasoline burning in the back of your throat when watching them. Beyond Thunderdome moves at a much slower pace and despite its much larger budget doesn't really capture any of the past movies' greatness. It seems that they realised that this might be the case so pulled in a pop icon in the form of Tina Turner to generate a little more interest. Her character isn't developed and her general role is rather pointless - and she doesn't act it very well either. Mel Gibson is of course superb and tries really hard to make this work, but really can't when the movie switches from the city to the desert again and the whole thing descends into a Lord Of The Flies type thing. Kids ruin movies like this, stupid as it might sound, you know its true. Most kids can not act very well with a few notable exceptions, and the involvement of this group pulls the movie downwards if you ask me - it starts feeling like a Disney family movie which I'm sure wasn't the intention. As far as the action goes, there are a few good moments here, but not as many as I would have liked to have seen. The gladiatorial battle in the Thunderdome is great even if we do know what the outcome with be and the final chase scene where Gibson goes back to slow down the pursuing vengeful city dwellers so that the children can escape is superb, and the only part truly reminiscent of the first movies. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good movie, but it simply doesn't match up to it predecessors and actually feels very silly at some points which is a great shame. Admittedly director George Miller was apparently still greiving the loss of his close friend and producer Byron Kennedy so may not
have put his full attentions into the movie, but even so...maybe the project should have been put on hold for a while. Oh well, its good, but it could and should have been better.
The third Mad Max was made when Gibson had obviously gained a lot of popularity and so this one also had Tina Turner starring. Max becomes enbroiled in a 'town' called Thunderdome where the barbarian is thriving. He must fight for his life. Once again, this film changes the story for the Mad Max series, being different from both of the other two. The film is made quite well, but it does have a more tackier feel to it. Tina Turner is ok, but not wonderful, and seems to be cast more on the fans she could pull in, rather than her acting prowess. Gibson plays well, and the story keeps you glued for the length of the film. The film isn't as deep as the other two and so scores lower....
This film really sucks the big fat hairy throbbing yellow one. After Mad Max 1 and 2 which were both good films, this one came as a major disappointment. Tina Turner is in it, probably because they realised what a crap film it was going to be and needed another selling point beyond Mel Gibson. Mad Max has to become a Modern day (well post-modern day) gladiator as he tries to win something or other. And Tina Turner plays the Caeser type character I think. Not really worth watching
Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it. --Jim Emerson