Of course, if you've never seen a Mad Max films, don't start here. Go back to the first one (available in a great deluxe DVD), then work up to the best of three "Road Warrior" (available in a not so deluxe DVD), then you'll be ready for this finale -- and this DVD doesn't have much in the way of extras on it either.
In some respects it's superior. I like Brian May's scores, but this one (by Maurice Jarre) is better. There's a lot more action in this one too; the plot sails along swiftly and we get to see quite a bit more of the postapocalyptic world (the politico-economic constraints of which are well embodied in the iconic Bartertown). And Tina Turner (who also sings on the soundtrack) as Auntie Entity is a fine piece of casting.
Good stuff, and Mel Gibson is in top form as well. Still, it just seems to me that a bit of the wind has gone out of the sails. Maybe it's because of the untimely death of producer Byron Kennedy (to whom this film is dedicated). Maybe it's just because this film is clearly intended to be more 'mainstream' than its two predecessors. But in some respects it just doesn't quite have the Mad Max 'feel'.
At any rate, it's a very cool film and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good postapocalyptic thriller.
This movie is best likened to the Terminator series. First one is Awesome. Second is UNREAL! Third one just doesn't seem to fit in with the others. Still it's a decent movie on it's own, just not like the other two. It's worth at least a rental for both fans and non-fans of the series. But if you're expecting that RAW, gritty, hard-edged, white line, high-revved, highway actioner like the last two. you simply will not find anything like that here. And that's the problem I have with this. This is simply too jolting from the winning formula of the first two. The first two movies were so raw in their presentation you immediately became absorbed! So simple, so primal, you coudln't help but watch. In fact you were even terrified and a bit threatened as you watched the crude violence and savage nature of the antagonists. It immersed you, entertaining your animalistic feral side! That is a true achievement in moviemaking and very few movies are able to do that! None of that can be found here though.Read more ›