Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) - 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.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 34 out of 215 found boring (15.81%)

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Tina Turner as Aunt Entity was a tolerable choice, Turner played the role well but not truly fantastic, it was still a enjoyable performance that is passable for this type of film and she did portray her talents in the soundtrack which got a Golden Globe nomination.

Just like its predecessors Thunderdome had a chase sequence which was more of a bore compared to the one in Mad Max: The Road Warrior.

From the first chase scene to the end credits, it was a high-speed, adrenaline pumping, blood flowing action movie.

(One carp, though: the climax – exciting as it is – is virtually a re-run of the ending from Mad Max II).

In fact, many incidents with him are humorous and breathtaking as well.

The film takes some unexpected turns along the way leading Max through the dessert once again where he is saved by a group of tribal children who seem to confuse him for Captain Walker, a man who supposedly promised to lead them back to civilization.

Tina Turner is superb I just fear the concept is similar to Mad Max 2 but on rails but is action packed its got Mel Gibson as Max who tbf IS Max.

Weird roles and fantastic atmosphere combine with stunning action scenes in this remarkable action film that completes perfectly the excellent trilogy .

Also, the Thunderdome fight may be a little tedious.

This movie is boring, less violent it is PG-13 movie and Mel Gibson is at worst at his performance.

The film suffers a bit from slow pacing in parts (anathaema to action fans), and perhaps tries to satisfy too many -- in a sense, it's one of those films that lack a clear "target audience.

Director George Miller proves that he still is a master of atmosphere (this time, he was assisted by George Ogilvie, whose repertoire doesn't include a lot else) in this third entry to the "Mad Max" trilogy, but the film sadly lacks most of the other elements that made the predecessors so fascinating.

aargggghhh .. Please don't waste your time & $$$.

this flick absolutely bored me stupid and I thought the first two were top stuff.

George Miller Directing is bad but forgivable due to the Death of Series co creator Byron Kennedy, so whilst he handles the action scenes, George Ogilvie handles all non action scenes which most are boring,the action scenes are the highlight of the film and are entertaining to watch as they're few and far between, and of course the best part of the film.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a very different type of film that came before, the original mad Max (1979) was a violent revenge drama with some brutal action scenes while Mad Max 2 (1981) is surely one of the best action films of the decade with some stunning stunts & inspired the whole post apocalyptic action film genre while Mad max Beyond Thunderdome is widely regarded as toning the action & violence down to appeal to a more mainstream audience & it's hard to disagree as everything that made the original two mad Max films so special has been watered down.

His introduction to Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) was highly entertaining, as Max takes an impossible situation to show that he is a person not to be taken lightly.

What a fascinating mess Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is.

Following an unexpected turn, Max is outcast and picked up by Ewoks disguised as children who believe him to be "the one" to lead them to the same driving getaway climax as expected in the Mad Max universe.

Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2 (1981) were action packed, violent, show stopping bonanzas with both movies setting the trend in movie making.

the first movie,simply entitled Mad Max,was exciting from start to finish.

I got very bored by watching it all, and it offered nothing to me.

About as compelling as a long Duran Duran video.

Sure it's probably the least good of the Mad Max films, but it is still entertaining as heck!

Boring, strange .

I also have this movie on Blu-ray disc in my collection even tough is a boring stupid awful time waster I still have it in my video collection.

Rather Dull 3rd Installment, It Tried To Go In A Completely New Direction And It Simply Just Did Not Work .

The film does not have as much intensity as The Road Warrior, but it does feature one truly inventive fight sequence that's sure to have viewers on the edge of their seat.

Even though it slow moving compared to the other two, it's still worth seeing.

Working with a much larger budget than the previous films, Miller and Ogilvie have crafted an entertaining motion picture.

" Overall, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" is the weakest of all four Mad Max films, but it's still well worth watching despite its deficits.

The third installment in the stunning Mad Max film series, 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' is a well-directed & stylish addition to Max's legend.

He followed the robbers to Bartertown, a city on the edge of the desert that has managed to retain some technology.

Worth watching!

it was dull and unnecessary.

On an ending note, I found MMBTD to be a very enjoyable action film with a lot of flaws that doesn't live up to its two previous films.

A Exciting Conclusion To The Original Trilogy .

An entertaining and enjoyable action/adventure.

But boy, that long middle section with the kids is a drag and a bore.

Overall, despite being a little slow at times, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME is an entertaining post-apocalyptic movie with great action and some things to think about as well.

Gibson looked bored stupid half the time...

The script of the first part of the movie was well written but the script of the second part, was just plain boring.

To me, thats boring.

The weakest of the original trilogy but still entertaining stuff .

For mine, Miller and co-writer Terry Hayes have used their imaginations to the best of their ability, and in so doing have presented a reasonably entertaining work.

But if you watch this film divorced of such expectations, well, I think "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" is still problematic, if entertaining in fits and starts.

Throwing a lot of cars around at the end does provide some distraction but by then it was too late for me and the whole thing was clunky, pointless and surprisingly uninteresting.

PG-13 is just boring now a days with any movie that is action, sci-fi, thriller, horror.

The final chase scene, though, is worth watching, even if it is a case of revisiting past glories.

Well worth watching.

Even though that change doesn't break the film ,that sudden change in tone was a bit confusing to me and if you think it for more the five minutes, then you find out some quit big plot wholes.

(moderate spoiler in this upcoming sentence) The sight of a wide expanse of desert, a large airliner covered by sand, and the ruins of Sidney are definitely some of the most stunning scenery featured in the series.

In Beyond Thunderdumb, we get a very noticeable overuse of these zooming closeups - which degrade any attempt for a suspenseful shot.

It's too weird for me, and it was much too dull.

Tina Turner is sexy, but her character never took advantage of her potential, and was also dull to boot.

This will be silly and disjointed for those who found the second mean and rampaging.

At well over 100 minutes it does drag at times & while it's watchable it feels predictable & the action scenes can't really compare to those in Mad Max 2.

A lot of people think that the third in George Millers sci-fi series is the weakest, but it remains a hugely entertaining futuristic spectacular, featuring awesome set design and a final chase scene involving car, train, truck, cycle and incredible stunts.

That story, despite the flaws of the first film, was a compelling narrative that made me care about Max as a character.

Among the entertaining, bizarre, mad, and at the same time clever action movies this one is an absolute hydra-king (with three enjoyable incarnations).

All that hodgepodge is fascinating, marked an entire era and had a determining influence on the genre of apocalyptic films.

Mel Gibson returns as Max in a mediocre but still entertaining performance, he's joined by in a weird piece of casting Tina Turner and despite having second billing she's not present for most of the film, although her performance is terrific and entertaining to watch.

This was for me even a bit boring and the end scene did remind a bit too much of the truck scene in Mad Max 2.

This film was boring, almost cartoonish, and was a terrible third installment.

Too unconvincing, excessive and messy to really be enjoyable or engaging .

"The Thunderdome" itself remains unique and exciting, maybe in the future we too will suspend weaponry on the roof of our cage fights (One can dream).

Bringing all this together is co-writer/co-producer/co-director Miller's steady hand behind the lens, deftly capturing all the crazy sights to see whilst at the same time telling a compelling drama and injecting the whole movie with a terrific sense of fun.

While definitely a step down from its predecessor I found Beyond Thunderdome to be a still enjoyable part of the franchise.

The Thunderdome sequence may be the most unique spin on gladiatorial combat ever conceived, and the final chase, though short and literally 'on rails' is still an exciting, brutal pursuit.

However, things get back on track towards the finale, which is quite engrossing.

Totally uneventful scenes pile on top of one another until they go back to Turner's joint for the finale.

Believable because of the intense seriousness of the young actors.

moreover, it digresses too much before finally coming back to life for an exciting climax.

The great, and famous thunderdome fight which is inventive, clever, and exciting.

This exciting picture packs kinetic action , thrills, chills , tension and abundant violence .

As I said before, the whole tribe-kids bit in the middle bored the hell out of me.

The money was wisely spent on visuals, and there are an abundance of breathtaking shots.

I finally got around to watching it, and despite the fact i was disappointed by the films lack of series trademarks of car chases and a strong silent hero, i found it entertaining to watch.

i don't think this was a poorly made movie,just a boring one.

There's hardly a truly dull moment, a there is always an interesting plot development, stunning sights, or some exciting action scenes to pick up the pace.

It will waste your time and wont fulfill your expectation.

Mad Max Thunderdome is over all entertaining, I wouldn't say that this is a bad film.

Max runs into some kids in an oasis who tell really boring speeches and get facts all messed up.

This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

It was a lot more character driven and grounded than the previous two installments, which sound like a good thing, but the way it is done is immensely bland.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

George Miller/George Ogilvie do a mediocre job here, with some good camera work, however it feels bland, and the pace is terribly inconsistent!.

Where Mad Max dealt with Max losing his sanity in the face of insanity, and The Road Warrior reflected that he was a survivor, Beyond Thunderdome still had the western flavor of the other two movies, but it kind of slow moving.

The film then turns into sugar coated territory, Mad Max turns into Peter Pan, and the film turns into a different beast, a lethargic, slow, uninteresting one, and almost ruins the impressive first act.

I am a huge fan of the 1st 2, and found them to be very exciting, however this one is just plain dull, with uninteresting characters, and a dumb story.

Instead of continuing to be an action packed movie, it became a children's tale.

The entire movie's plot made 0 sense, it barely had any decent action, and dragged on for too long.

Film is technically well-made, and Mel Gibson tries, but film lacks energy and purpose, and is also slow, with not enough action to compensate.

We still get a thrilling car chase (Which is the whole reason i was drawn to this series in the beginning) not bad storyline..the movie just in my opinion falls short somewhere.

Beyond Thunderdome works quite well on that level and is worth watching alone for this.

It's an action movie and a sci-fi movie with a message, yet is entertaining too, which is why this movie is worth watching.

It's the weakest of the original trilogy but hugely entertaining stuff.

i was quite frankly bore through out,just waiting for it to finally end.

An entertaining action film .

This movie is very interesting at the beginning, but ends as a boring mess.

However he decides the way to do this after he is reluctantly dragged along is to steal vehicles and other odds and ends necessary from the town and gain numbers from their prisoners.

The cast is terrific, with Tina Turner having her best acting role and Mel giving another enjoyable turn as Max.

Max, still roaming the post-nuclear deserts as a loner, gets robbed of all his possessions and arrives with empty hands in Bartertown.

I think Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a very entertaining adventure film.

Instead of non-stop, no-holds barred action, they give us an enjoyable adventure tale with touches of exciting action and genuinely funny humor.

It's not groundbreaking in any sense, but there is something about the randomness of the film that makes it worth the watch.

Another problem with this film is that there are too many people, even the Thunderdome battle sequence is dull, Max doesn't even kill anyone!

He is no longer man of Law because community fell apart, and it is pointless to seek for justice through legal ways,because there are no longer institutions to enforce that justice,people are left on their own.

The whole direction becomes silly and mundane to the max.

A visually stunning production, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome delivers a good ending to a memorable trilogy.

It is a film very well filmed, set, entertaining and at times spectacular, with a Tina Turner brilliantly characterized and a really good and entertaining first hour.

And the life in Bartertown is extremely intriguing (the Thunderdome battle is one of the most exciting combat events since that last pay-per-view).

Wandering through the empty desert, Max comes across a tribal community of children, the survivors of a plane crash, living in an oasis.

Simply swapping the post apocalyptic walled off fuel-compound for Bartertown achieved nothing, while the railway chase was no substitute for the sequences in Mad Max 2Ok, but ultimately pointless.

It's that good Bartertown itself is a rich world created by writer/director George Miller and co-writer Terry Hayes, populated with colorful characters and fascinating in the dynamics of this society they've built out of the ruins of the old.

It makes you bored in the blink of an eye.

George Miller gave us an intriguing little action film in "Mad Max," as well as a classic with "The Road Warrior.

The action scenes, of which there are only really two – the 'gladiator combat' scene in the Thunderdome, and the final chase – are exquisite, as good as that which has come before, and very entertaining.

Mel Gibson does seem a bit bored in this, and no it's not just because he cannot talk since that's a staple of his character.

It's enjoyable, just not all-out awesome or classic like the rest of them.

the character of max is unrecognisable from his dark and cynical persona seen in the previous films and changed into a predictable uninteresting saviour that left me feeling betrayed.

Still, the way in which the narrative is drawn out makes the film a bit slow at times, which could turn off people who enjoyed the previous two for the non-stop action.

Entertaining adventure film .

The series started with a suspenseful drama-like movie with bursts of action inbetween.

The movie is definitely enjoyable , despite it's sometimes silly .

Not original, but still entertaining.

Of course we do still get some lovely location visuals with some beautifully stunning vast orange and tan coloured Aussie outback shots.

Dumb, but coherent and entertaining.

Beyond Thunderdome concludes with one, and while it's not as heart-poundingly suspenseful and exciting as the brilliant final chase of its predecessor, this is still a very fun and enjoyable action scene.

What made the first two Mad Max films entertaining was their pace, their action scenes, and their basic plots.

And as far as the big chase, it's about as uneventful as the much loved part 2 chase, with everyone going at the same speed, the difference here being that a train is involved.

The third instalment in the Mad Max trilogy delivers its share of adrenaline, no doubt about that, but it also comes with a pretty hokey screenplay, that is surprisingly unexpected.

This is a rather dull 3rd installment, it tried to go in a completely new direction, and it simply just did not work!.

Worth watching!

But amid the high ideals and shooting-for-the-mainstream tactics, it becomes a case of being too much and too confusing for one common movie-goer to take.

Unfortunately, the experience of this film is nowhere near as intense or compelling as the last two in the series.

*** out of ****Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is the sequel to The Road Warrior, which remains one of the most energetic and exciting action films to date.

Thankfully it was, as there was a lot more dialogue, some intriguing characters, and an even better story, which contained a lot of entertaining elements.

The sets are fantastic and the action scenes are thrilling.

The setting was certainly cool, and it had one exciting duel at the start, and a great chase scene at the end, however, the children got on my nerves, and Mel Gibson seemed bored at times, plus the ending was kind of lame!.

" It's an entertaining movie that I probably enjoy even more now than when I saw it in the theater as a kid.

Also , the story is rather simple and predictable.

his William Wallace walk-off into the desert bit just went nowhere!

It's campy, it's corny and it really gets bogged down in the middle, but it still manages to be an entertaining ride.

The plot is kind of rambling, as Max gets bounced around various people and places, but it's tied together well and every new situation is intriguing and visually imaginative.

This film is usually considered the weakest of the Mad Max films, thanks largely to its goofier parts, but it is still an exciting adventure with plenty to behold.

Bruce Spence reprises his rousing role, character actor Frank Thring shows up and Angry Anderson is a delight in costume and attitude as one of Entity's right-hand men.

The big one though has to be the ending of Thunderdome, without giving away any spoilers you will have seen a similar chase before, whilst it entertains, it's nowhere near as brutal or as exciting.

For the love of God, don't waste your time on this garbage - it makes no sense, and even if you can piece it together, it's so completely not worth your time.

The stunts are good but somewhat cartoon-nish--but they are enjoyable to watch.

Despite its downfalls though, it was an entertaining movie.

and wow did I get bored with the whole Tommorowland side plot and the kids.