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)
It’s a little hard to get past some of the 80s cheese (Oh hey Tina Turner), especially in the odd first half in Bartertown–an outpost filled with pigs, weird chanted laws (“Break a deal, you get the wheel!”), and the underwhelming Thunderdome–but once Max gets back out in the desert and has his hideous locks chopped off, things get a bit better, as he leads a group of wilderness children to rescue some slaves from the aforementioned town, which culminates in another exciting car chase.
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (IMDb)
Loses the awkward dialogue and meandering plot of the original to focus on the action and the atmosphere: The car chases are elaborate and explosive, with a bevy of wild-looking vehicles and drivers to match, providing some flavour for the desolate desert landscape and together concocting a creative take on the post-apocalyptic world. Spence’s gawky gyro captain and Minty’s feral kid, meanwhile, provide a couple of other memorable characters that nicely compliment Gibson’s serious lone ranger.
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (IMDb)
The pivotal event and its tense build up should have started the film and made the most of its resulting revenge plot; instead, we get a meandering story without a protagonist for half of it, featuring mostly bland car chases and a painfully cheesy main villain (although his gang of psychopathic motorcycle riders is admittedly terrifying). Gibson looks good but he’s a little awkward too, delivering some pretty bad lines (“Peanut butter and honey”; “He always kept ’em reaaaaal shiny”).
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (IMDb)
You know when there’s a wounded pregnant woman narrowly dodging a rock overhang while hanging off the side of a steampunk-style big rig that this is far from your typical action film. A gloriously refreshing set of protagonists (Theron leads a great cast of females young and old) drives (literally; it’s almost all insane car chases) forward a simple apocalyptic story beautifully filmed and fantastically decorated. Max’s backstory flashes are a little distracting without any context though.