Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome

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(1985) ★★

Sky Movies Sci-fi/Horror: Saturday 26 September, 7pm

Grumpy road warrior Mel Gibson went back to the desolate future for the third, last and least instalment of Mad Max’s post-apocalyptic 20th century adventures. Not terrible, unless you compare it to the first two. And certainly insignificent compared to George Miller’s majestic 21st century reboot, Fury Road.

Probably aiming for a bit of El Topo’s strained mysticism, there’s a distinct Life of Brian touch about Thunderdome, from Mel’s biblical hair blowing in the desert wind, to the throngs flocking to Bartertown and the House of Good Deals. Striking a hard bargain is veteran Aussie actor Frank Thring who, in another life, was Pontius Pilate in Ben-Hur.

Like everyone else, he reports to Tina Turner’s Aunty Entity. She wants Mel to take out Master’s Blaster in Thunderdome, a gladiatorial fighting cage. In front of a baying crowd: “Two men enter, one man leaves.” The way Tina struts her stuff while laying down the law adds to the overall retrogressive air of 80s excess.

Despite cinematographer Dean Semler’s best efforts, much of it looks like a Duran Duran music video. Maurice Jarre’s score doesn’t come into its own until the climactic action vehicle chase. And the same can be said of the entire movie. Which will disappear in Fury Road’s dust, believe me.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 102min

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Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror Sunday, 27 September at 3:30AM