Two directors, Australian George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, Babe), and recently deceased George Ogilvie, who was in his 50’s when he did Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, direct with an emphasis on the summery blockbuster values of action, sound, and special effects. Beyond Thunderdome is a more than conducive Mad Max movie for the mainstream than the earlier Mad Max and Mad Max II, with hardly any stress on the mayhem that marked those films. Both Mad Max and Mad Max II were directed by Miller. In this, pop singer Tina Turner is on board as the villainous Bartertown queen, whose sense of presence speaks more than her acting. The queen must face off with Max (Mel Gibson), who is heroic even mildly messianic this time. Auckland-born actor Bruce Spence (now in his 70’s, but then in his late 30’s) as wild pilot Jedidiah adds eccentricity, and a cast of young actors, as lost children post-apocalypse, are drawn as rugged survivalists. Thunderdome is filled with images of post-apocalyptic desert and raw survival, but is produced for effect, entertaining, comic-book fun, with a pounding visceral score by the eclectic Maurice Jarre.