Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Tina Turner, Angelo Rossitto, Helan Buday
The third movie in Mel Gibson’s series of Mad Max movies is a bit of a let down. It seems the movie existed purely for commercial reasons and fails to hold any of the values of the previous two movies. Max (Gibson) is crossing the Australian desert when his caravan is stolen by Jedediah the Captain (Spence) using an airplane. Max soon finds himself inside Bartertown, looking for Jedediah when he gets offered a job by the ruler of Bartertown, Aunty Entity (Turner). Bartertown on the ground is controlled by Aunty but underground is where the towns electricity and power is generated and is completely controlled by Master (Rossitto) and his bodyguard, Blaster. Aunty wants Max to get rid of Blaster, effectively making him vulnerable and hence gaining control of the cities power supply and hence all of Bartertown. Max agrees to go inside the Thunderdrome, a caged enclosure where only one man can get out. Rule No.1, there are no rules. This movie has one of the worst and most pointless endings I have ever seen. The Mad Max series started off as a great movie but eventually evolved into a post-apocalyptic story of a bunch of freaks on modified vehicles. The movie just seemed like an extension made for the heck of it, with absolutely no thought given to most of the aspects. The story does not explain a whole lot of things and leaves far too much to assumption. There is some good solid action though and that is probably the only saving grace to an otherwise not so interesting movie.
Thumbs up: Some great, raw action
Thumbs down: Bad ending, does not seem to continue the franchisee in a positive manner