Friday, July 12, 2013

Tank Girl (1995)

Director: Rachel Talalay

Starring: Lori Petty, Malcolm McDowell, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Iggy Pop, James Hong, Don Harvey, Jeff Kober, Reg E. Cathey, Scott Coffey, Stacy Linn Ramsower, Ann Cusack

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss

Plot: Tank Girl (Petty) and her friends are the only remaining citizens living in the wasteland that is Earth, where all the remaining water is controlled by Water and Power, the mega corporation/government that runs the territory. While incarcerated at W + P, Tank Girl and her new friend Jet Girl break out and steal... a tank and a jet. After meeting some mutant kangaroo/humans, and rescuing her little girl (adopted by her friends), the kangaroos and the girls kick Water and Powers' butt.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I read one of the comics a while ago and it seems like the movie got the quirkiness of Tank Girl right.  I can't vouch for anything else, though.  I've always heard this to be super terrible.  There's something to be said about lowered expectations because it's not that bad.  Lori Petty does a fine job as the spunky Tank Girl.  I can see how she can be annoying but that's her character (I'm guessing from my limited knowledge of the comic).  You can tell she's different by the image on the movie poster which gives you a reasonable idea what you're in for; that and the trailer.  Once you get past that it's a sci-fi/action/comedy that mostly delivers the goods.  Malcolm McDowell was fun as the villain, Kesslee, but he's not in it much - mostly the beginning and end.  The movie gets silly (and sometimes stupid) but there's an underlying goofiness to it from the start that knows what it is and embraces it. 

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