Despite the title, this blog is not about Mel Gibson’s Apocalptyo.
I saw both and agree with the critical consensus. Mad Max was awesome – better than the originals even, IMO. Visually stunning and just a lot of fun. I think it has cult classic written all over it.
Tomorrowland was… meh. Good special effects, but no compelling storyline and the characters were a bit flat. And the villain? Let’s just say that Hugh Laurie played a more unlikable character on House, and he wasn’t even supposed to be a bad guy on that show.
Both films feature dystopian worlds – one is post-apocalyptic and the other is on the verge. But beyond that, the similarities stop. Tomorrowland is very “Disney,” and Mad Max is very “Burning Man.”
But, after a few days to ruminate on the movies, something clicked in my head… I had *seen* those two movies before in the same film!
- Like post-apocalyptic films?
- Want car chases?
- Killer robots?
- Utopian mirages inside dystopian surroundings?
- Insane protagonists?
- People being harvested for bodily fluids?
Then, yea, check it out! It’s occasionally on NetFlix streaming, but not on right now.
Also, if you like post-apocalyptic/dystopian future movies as much as I do, check these out as well (no particular order):
- Logan’s Run
- 12 Monkeys
- Children of Men
- Book of Eli
- Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- The Road
- Mad Max (Mel Gibson years)
- 28 Days Later
- Edge of Tomorrow/Live, Die, Repeat
- Terminator/Terminator 2
- Shaun of the Dead
- I Am Legend (I think it’s underrated, personally, outside from the ending)