In 1979, first time Aussie director George Miller, and up and coming young Aussie actor Mel Gibson made a no budget, C-grade exploitation flick called Mad Max. It was the little movie that could, becoming a hit in Australia and turning enough heads in America to warrant a bit more money for a bigger budget sequel. A sequel that came two years later with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Bigger, crazier, campier, it ramped up everything approaching insane in the first movie and went balls out over the top in the best way.
In 2015, George Miller defied all the odds by returning to the franchise 30 years after its last entry and making a genuine hit that was universally loved, with the Tom Hardy lead reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road. But today, it’s the movie that made Fury Road such an unexpected hit that I’m writing about. A movie that killed the franchise for three decades. A movie that could be the epitome of franchise exhaustion… Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. (more…)