Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.




  • Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Mel Gibson and George Miller in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • George Miller and Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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17 August 2015 | chaos-rampant
Pox-eclipsed 'membering
This will be silly and disjointed for those who found the second mean and rampaging. Spielberg had intervened in popular imagination, so there's a kid friendly dash of Indiana Jones along with some Lone Ranger. But from Mad Max I come away with two things, the narrative edges of world we discover and the cinematic action of the chase.

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 intended for a boorish audience, contraptions. We do see a bit more of the Max world around 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 Mad Max movie.

No, I find myself oddly captivated by the Lord of the Flies portion. There are glimmers of magic for me 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 big chase, a train this time, briefer than usual and over before it really exhilarates, as if more by obligation than real affinity 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.

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,283,714 14 July 1985

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