Writer-director Fran Kranz’s feature film debut is a drama about two sets of parents meeting one fateful day to discuss aspects related to past tragedies that involved their sons, who both died during a school shooting incident a few years ago. The first couple, Jay (Jason Isaacs) and Gail (Martha Plimpton), arrive in a prearranged meeting where it is revealed that their son was a shooting victim. They meet with Richard (Reed Birney) and Linda (Ann Dowd), whose son also died in the same incident, but their son was the identified shooter who caused the death of the former couple’s son.~Brian J. Dillard
This is part two of the original MAD MAX. Mel Gibson returns as the Max and is mad as always.
Years have past as Max has wondered through an apocalyptic waste land, still haunted by his past. Time has not been nice (neither to him, his wardrobe, nor his vehicle).
Beyond The Thunder Dome stands out from other post apocalyse movies of the day with everything from midgets, giants and orphans to a single father, grungy gladiators and a slightly psychotic banshee wanna be overlord, played by Tina Turner.
What more could you ask for from the 80's?
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Kennedy Miller Classic
I was shopping for an HDTV antenna at Best Buy when my wife started digging through a Blu-Ray sale bin.
She held it up over her head as if she had struck gold and shouted "Misses Walker!"
I knew exactly which movie she had found, so I bought it.
The movie is as good as ever.
MMBT is an underrated post-apocalyptic 80's classic. While the other films do a better job maintaining the gritty atmosphere, MMBT doesn't lose the strange goofiness that makes the series so much fun.
It clearly was toned down to target a PG-13 rating, which caused many to view the film as "Hollywoodized" and inferior to the other films, but it stands on its own very well, especially considering the competition of the time.
While it will never be as good as the Road Warrior or the shockingly excellent Fury Road, it remains an enjoyable movie with all the elements that made the others great, like vehicular fights, intense, interesting characters, and infinitely quotable dialogue.
If you like the other films in the series but haven't seen this one, give it a chance.
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, while a bit of a different beast than the previous two Mad Max films, is able to stand with them in terms of action and spectacle as well as having deeper themes. This entry takes place several years after THE ROAD WARRIOR and has Max trekking the desert in a camel-drawn vehicle. After his vehicle and belongings are stolen, he makes his way to Bartertown, a city built in the aftermath of the apocalyps. It is run with an iron fist by a strange character known as Aunty (Tina Turner). Hoping to get his stuff back, he agrees to fight in Thunderdome. After getting kicked out of Bartertown back into the desert, he meets a group of children who are surviving the apocalypse in their own way.
The best thing about the film is that it fleshes out the world established in the previous two entries, as well as bring in some new elements. The most interesting of these new additions is the Thunderdome, a caged arena where participants fight to the death with whatever weapons are available. The car chases were also creative, and had excellent stunt work, but the Thunderdome really showcases the brutality of the post-apocalypse in a way that the other action sequences couldn't (or didn't). Also, even though it made the narrative slightly unwieldy, I did like the side-by-side comparison of Bartertown with the tribe of children that Max meets. The central theme or message of this film seemed to be about how civilization recovers from apocalyptic events. Bartertown does this by regressing back to an animalistic, violent, survival-of-the-fittest ethos, while the young tribe remains innocent in anticipation for the return of a distant, utopian past. Meanwhile, they hope for a better future. Thematically, this film stands head and shoulders above the previous two. 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. Here, the bulk of the action is saved for the last 15-20 minutes, in a chase sequence that should please all the action junkies in the audience.
This is a classic movie. Don’t know if it’s better than the “Road Warrior”, but it’s pretty close. The Thunderdome is epic! Tina Turner does a pretty good job acting in it as well. Back when Mel Gibson was king!
I got this for 5 bucks and it's cool. I'm a huge fan of this franchise. I grew up in a desert and I'd pretend to be Mad Max often. The blu-ray is great. The image quality is crisp on this one. The film still holds up to this day, I think because the action and stunts were all organic -- no CGI back then. I like all four films, but I think this one is my favorite. I love Tina Turner, the music and all the wacky characters