Mad Max (Franchise)

4 – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is undoubtedly the worst of the franchise, but that by no means makes it a bad movie. Most of the actors are young orphans that crowd the film a little much and make certain scenes boring. But the excellent world building, costume design, and action scenes more than make up for it. The Thunderdome itself was an amazing creation for its time, with some of the most inventive creature designs and fight choreography. The set design as well, is original and complex and makes for some memorable locations. What drags Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome down however, is that the otherwise well-paced movie comes to a slow halt. As soon as Max meets the orphans, their presence becomes a nuisance that he must adapt to. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a solid action movie, but pales in comparison to the rest of the series. Cinemaster Score: 7.5/10

3 – Mad Max; The beginning of one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. Mad Max was a rather interesting start to a series that is now known for it’s fast-paced action throughout entire films. But Mad Max starts them off with a good story – delving into what creates such a cinematic icon. In one of Mel Gibson’s earliest major roles, it was already clear his acting abilities were strong. The world built is perfect for the post-apocalyptic setting in the story. The story itself is a model origin story. It doesn’t jump directly into violence and action. Instead Mad Max is a tragedy of a seemingly unbreakable man. It isn’t often we get to see a story with both success and a unique concept but Mad Max has both. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

2 – Mad Max 2; This film is what put the franchise on the map. After the original had set up Max Rockatansky’s story, its sequel would bring back the icon in the way we know him to this day. Mad Max 2 is an amazing film within post-apocalyptic society. The world built in its predecessor is expanded upon for an even more unique setting. The acting from Gibson is on par with – if not better than – his performance in the first movie. The characters are interesting and fit the setting perfectly with an antagonist that is crazed yet realistic nonetheless. George Miller returned in directing another hit and one of the greatest sequels to this day. The effects look cool and Max has a more stone cold tone that makes him all the more badass. Mad Max 2 (also known as The Road Warrior) is a very entertaining second installment in a phenomenal franchise and only falls short by a slight margin to what may be the best reboot of all time. Cinemaster Score: 9/10

1 – Mad Max: Fury Road; Mad Max: Fury Road is up there with Mission: Impossible -Fallout as one of the best action movies of all time. Thanks to George Miller’s unique directorial vision, he has realized a fully fleshed out apocalyptic wasteland. Within this world, he has made some of the best practical effects action scenes ever conceived – with an emphasis on realism that provides great immersion. Max himself is played just as ruthless as ever, in having Tom Hardy do his usual mumbles and growls. His character is a survivor, and Hardy plays him as such, giving the character the perfect amount of survivor instinct. Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa is another stroke of genius by Miller, with her gruff persona commanding the screen at every turn. Everything is finely tuned and beautifully shot, and not a single action is wasted. Mad Max: Fury Road is the pinnacle of a franchise – and possibly – the pinnacle of action films. Cinemaster Score: 9.5/10

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