Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985): Th final entry in the original Mad Max trilogy sees Mel Gibson’s Max brought to a new civilisation where he must kill a man threatening to overthrow its leader in the dreaded Thunderdome where two men enter and one man leaves. The premise covers about the first third of the film which continues the style of The Road Warrior with great production design and developing this post apocalyptic world even further. The action and fight in Thunderdome is very entertaining and is helped by Gibson’s likeable charisma. Tina Turner also brings out an eccentric performance as Auntie Entity, the leader of the civilisation. It’s when the film hits its second act where it completely goes off the rails; Max is sent to a whole new world with a new cast of characters that may develop the world a bit more but it becomes the same “false idol/mistaken god” story we’ve several times before and it drags for far too long to when it gets to the climax (which is yet another chase scene) the audience has lost interest. The chase scene itself is once again entertaining with solid action and stunt work but the repetitive story structure from the previous film just smells like the writers, George Miller and Terry Hayes, are mere one trick ponies. The casting of Bruce Spence, who played a pilot in The Road Warrior, as a completely different pilot character in this film is just downright confusing as it’s not established until very late on that he is actually in a different role. The whole film just feels like it’s one part new story padded with what worked in the second film. The first act is a good one and sets up a story that never comes to fruition. It’s feels like the first and second acts are two episodes of different TV shows and the final act is it’s underwhelming crossover. Despite everything this film had going for it in the beginning, it really messed it up by the end. Rating: 5.1.