“I’m the guy who carries Mr. Dead in his pocket.”
– Max Rockatansky
SYNOPSIS: Robbed of his possessions whilst travelling through the Australian outback, Max manages to stumble upon Bartertown, a trading post for all manner of criminals and governed by Aunt Entity and Master Blaster. He is forced to fight 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 the fight is over. 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. – via IMDB
So after the highly entertaining Road Warrior, there is Beyond Thunderdome. I know this one also has a lot of love, and it was a good watch but the movie itself is truly uneven. The pacing is all over the show, the plot is flimsy and confusing, and so much is happening but doesn’t really flow as nicely as you would hope for it. However, Mel Gibson is back with some truly awful hair (crushes me, you all know how I love long hair) – at least they rectify that later – and he steps back into the boots of Max Rockatansky and he is good. Anyway, having the word “Thunderdome” in the title would naturally have you think that it was more important than it actually was in the movie at the end of the day. There was some weird bungee cord fight cage that Max and some big bloke called Blaster attacked each other in, and Tina Turner belting it from a small opening in the cage about making the law and all. Then somehow it jumps from there to a bunch of feral looking people out in the apocalyptic desert, waiting for a pilot to fly them away. I know, right, it all flows wonderfully. It’s as if it is two different films that have been meshed together. I really liked the first half, and I liked the end of it again, Max doing his thing and slipping away quietly, but the middle section was a bit sketch. Anyhow, the effects were alright, there was some cool car chasing going down again and some cheesy dialogue, and then there was the awful scene with Gibson hitting this one woman who wanted to leave (people, this should have been a warning of the upcoming crazy that was to be unleashed) and it was still a fun watch. This movie is nothing like the two before it, yet still holds its own as an entry to the Mad Max canon, messy as it may be.