Tank Girl (1995)
After a comet disrupts the rain cycle of Earth, the planet has become a desolate, barren desert by the year 2033. With resources scarce, Kesslee — head of the powerful and evil Water & Power Corporation, the de facto government — has taken control of the water supply. Unwilling to cower under Kesslee's tyrannical rule, a pair of outlaws known as Tank Girl and Jet Girl rise up, joining the mysterious rebel Rippers to destroy the corrupt system.
This movie has every opportunity in the world to be horrible and manages to be amazing. I don't know how the director, cast, and crew took something so absolutely ridiculous and make it into something so fun. It is a movie full of serious undertones and suffering, but manages not to take itself seriously at all and find the fun in all the pain. It is sassy and full of personality. If you want to watch something fun and full of attitude, something campy and endearing, this is for you. Though there are many sociological parallels to times of unrest and change, and a lot of interesting social and political undertones (like feminism, corporate greed, etc), if you're looking for something serious or something without plot holes, inconsistencies, and makes sense, give this a pass. This movie doesn't care to maintain the 4th wall and it doesn't care to follow logic, science, or even to make sense in all its details, but it is full of humor, great campy acting, and an "I don't give a damn" attitude that tugs at my rebellious heart strings. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.And for the Tank Girl Comic Book Purists out there. This movie isn't the comic book on screen. Like any good comic movie, it uses the comic book for inspiration and finds it's own way. If it took itself seriously enough to hold hard to comic book canon, the movie would have been absolutely horrible. This is Tank Girl for Christ's sake! A girl with a pet tank and a hippie kangaroo-man lover. Don't take it so seriously.
Lame. Contrived. Pretentious. Awful. One thing (among many) destroy this film. The lead is one of the most unlikable, terrible actors I have ever seen. She fails miserably over and over.There are a million other things to say, but I will stick with this. Naomi Watts = Excellent actress. Malcolm McDowell = nothing more needs to be said other than his talent was wasted.Oh, I see. IMDb wants me to write more lines. THIS MOVIE SUCKED! There is one more. WORST LEAD ACTRESS OVER! Another one. MOST IRRITATING LEAD OF ALL TIME! One more. DO NOT BOTHER TO WATCH THIS INANE ATTEMPT AT KITSCH! And finally. actually watch this trash and judge for yourself how horrible it is, than watch something decent, and have some popcorn.Uh, thank you, thank you very much.
If I told you this movie was about a punk girl who primarily uses a tank trying to take down an evil corporation that owns all water in a post apocalyptic world along with saving a little girl with the help of a nerdy girl who flies a jet and mutant kangaroos, you'd say "That sounds like crap" and... you'd be right. But as somebody who never read the comics I decided to take a look and... Although it is crap, for a movie of it's kind it actually isn't that bad.Well the one question you might ask is "Why am I giving something like this credit?" Well there are a number of reasons. The directing style of using animated interludes and drawings (although I have heard that's accurate to the comics... somehow I don't know) actually adds a nice touch even if there isn't that much point to them. To do this while comic book movies were only just starting to flourish I can imagine was a risk so again I'm giving it credit.I'm also giving it credit because it's a female superhero movie that actually is entertaining from beginning to end. I mean... Yeah it's still the cinematic equivalent of junk food but... Hey! So are most other comic book movies.So I am giving this credit but even with the premise it had I can still see it working a little better. The wise cracks of this movie... aren't wise (Hey that was lame but it's still better than most of the jokes in this movie) and for half the movie you sometimes forget that Tank Girl is going to save Samantha, but then again when you shove MUTANT JAZZ KANGAROOS in this movie it's a little hard to remember it for anything else.So did I like this movie? No. I thought that it could have been a lot better than what it was but then again I am giving it credit for being something fresh and new in the world of comic book movies (I'm not just talking about for the time you REALLY have never seen a comic book movie like this). If this movie was given a better director and writer but still kept the story, this could have been on par with the comic book movies made today.
Hard to understand. Its an "R" rated movie but its written for children, or maybe the problem is that it was directed and produced for children, whatever the case as an adult watching the movie is awkward. I'm not developmentally delayed so the child-like humor and wit of the movie is like drinking sulfuric acid, I mean Lori Petty's acting and delivery causes real pain. Some cut-scenes show the comics this movie is adapted from and those scenes are intriguing those scenes are vivid glowing things- and when you think that its merely comic book art stills, y'know, motionless movie frames then compare it to the actual motion picture, its clear that the drawings are the best parts. Everything sucks, the lighting the acting the costumes the sets, but raise a glass to Naomi Watts, she can actually act and is gorgeous as a brunette.