Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1988) Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn, Tina Turner Movie Review

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1988)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1988)

Beyond Needed

With no vehicle and no supplies Max (Mel Gibson) makes his way to Bartertown hoping for shelter and supplies. But he quickly becomes involved in a power struggle when Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) becomes aware of his fighting skills and he gets tossed into the ring against The Blaster (Paul Larsson), the fighter of The Master (Angelo Rossitto). But then things don't go to plan and after being dumped in the desert he is first rescued by children and then has to rescue the children.

Third time's a charm is what they say but sadly when it comes to "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" it isn't true. Then again I have to say that none of the "Mad Max" movies have done a great deal for me and this third movie is no different. The thing is that once again "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" is a visually rich movie with not only big hair and small people but creative sets and everything else that the previous movies had delivered. But part of me felt like all those who had been with the previous movies were becoming tired of the franchise and there is a sense of energy which is lacking from this third movie.

That sense of lack of energy really shows itself in the performance of Mel Gibson as he spends a lot of the movie looking cheesed off and just going through the motions. Elsewhere Tina Turner looks like she may have signed on expecting one thing and then ended up in a movie which didn't live up to her expectations. Then again maybe it is just me and my jaded view of these movies.

What this all boils down to is that "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" isn't a bad movie but it is pretty much comparable to the previous movies which for me never lived up to expectations either.