For this third entry, George Miller steers his postapocalyptic adventure series away from action and toward the social epic: it finds Max (Mel Gibson) protecting a Rousseauistic tribe of children against the designs of a matriarchal, protocapitalist society led by Tina Turner. In this new context, his baroque style serves less as an entertaining end in itself than as a way of inflating some rather simple, sentimental ideas, which themselves are not followed through with much real conviction or consistency. The punky energy of the earlier films has given way to a self-conscious striving for significance, obscuring Miller's considerable kinetic talents in favor of a lumpy didacticism. With Bruce Spence.
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