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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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Directed By
George Miller, George Ogilvie

Written By:
Terry Hayes, George Miller

Cast:
Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Frank Thring Jr., Bruce Spence, Robert Grubb, Angelo Rossitto, George Spartels, Helen Buday, Angry Anderson, Rod Zuanic

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
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Movie Review by Filmkiller
February 10th, 2011

Beyond Caring

Favorite Movie Quote: "Two men enter; one man leaves."

Thus completes the collapse of what could have been a franchise remembered for something more than a beautiful Tina Turner song and the quote, "Two men enter; one man leaves." Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't just one of the worse sequels of all time, but a long snooze of inconsistent, largely pointless rubbish.

Max (Mel Gibson) gets his car (the one he never really gets to drive the whole series and was DESTROYED in Road Warrior) stolen in the opening, thus heads into Bartertown, marked by unbending laws and pig poop for energy. Max is manipulated into fighting the muscle half of the "Master-Baster" in Thunderdome so from the mind half Aunty Entity (Turner) can seize full political control of Bartertown. The problem is that politics in real life generally involves people that it's impossible to relate to or feel any sympathy for - like child molestors, but worse - and boring besides. Guess what? Same in movies. It's also about as interesting as all that exciting political crap in the Star Wars prequels, especially when you keep waiting for Max to, you know, actually be MAD.

Anyways, Max won't kill Blaster - who was just ten seconds ago chasing him with a chainsaw - because he's Sloth from Goonies. This leads to Max being sent beyond Thunderdome where this movie ends. Max enters Neverland, meets the Lost Boys, and tries to help them get back to Tomorrow-morrow land. It's a departure. It's boring. It's f*cking exasperating. It's like two seperate scripts got mixed up.

Furthermore, the pilot who stole his crap at the beginning of the film is played by the same actor as the helicopter pilot from Road Warrior (Bruce Spence), but neither character clearly acknowledges that they actually know each other. However, if they did, why would the pilot steal Max's poop at the outset?

Thunderdome is a film that stares the potential of being a great action flick dead in the eye and pisses itself. Every single plot decision is for the lesser, as the film spirals downward, more boring and less interesting with each frame. Essentially this is either an action film with little to no action in it, or a terrible drama.

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