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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Directed by George Ogilvie, George Miller
Warner Home Video 7/86 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG-13

The survivors in the wilderness of Australia's post-apocalyptic era turn to Barter-town for community. There Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) rules with an iron fist. The sole threat to her power is the two-headed Master Blaster — a dwarf (Angelo Rossitto) who sits atop a muscleman (Paul Larsson). They control the city's underground where methane gas is produced from the manure of a herd of pigs.

Searching for a warrior strong enough and clever enough to kill Master Blaster, the tyrant is happy to meet Mad Max (Mel Gibson), who in turn wants his stolen camels back. The deal: Max must face the Blaster in the Thunderdome where "two men enter but only one man leaves." The hand-to-hand combat is thrilling, but it is Max's brains rather than his brawn which carries the day.

This third installment of the Mad Max series has action galore, surreal survivors from all walks of life, and of course the magnetic heroism of Max himself. When he is exiled to the desert for having spared the Blaster, a band of children come to his rescue. They adopt him as their savior — complete with rituals of their own making. However, before they can refashion a new civilization out of the ashes of the old, they must help Max deal with Aunty Entity and her henchmen.

There's a method to the madness of Mad Max, and all his fans will enjoy this outing — especially its metaphysical touches.

 

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