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Tank Girl is created from the Jamie Hewitt comic books of the early 90's, set in 2033, the world has run out of water and most people have given up on living.
Tank Girl (Lori Petty) teams up with a group of mutated kangaroo animals to stop the evil Water and Power, a conglomerate that controls all of the Earths remaining natural resources and to save Tank Girls daughter.
Lori Petty ... Tank Girl
Ice-T ... T-Saint
Naomi Watts ... Jet Girl
Don Harvey ... Sgt. Small
Jeff Kober ... Booga
Reg E. Cathey ... Deetee
Scott Coffey ... Donner
Malcolm McDowell ... Kesslee
Stacy Linn Ramsower ... Sam
Ann Cusack ... Sub Girl
Brian Wimmer ... Richard
Iggy Pop ... Rat Face
Dawn Robinson ... Model
Billy L. Sullivan ... Max
James Hong ... Che'tsai
This is a really interesting and different film, it deals with themes that may threaten our planet in the future with such colour and vibrancy, it has a lot of defects, its script doesn't translate perfectly from the comic book to the big screen but Hewitts visual ideas are translated brilliantly, Tank Girl is a sassy space punk with attitude to burn, Petty fills her with a smart mouth and fun attitude, although she is at all times the main theme of the film and tries to hard at times to be wacky and at times it falls flat.
The film is a kind of throwback to bubblegum films like Barbarella which are fun and exciting but without any real consequence.
The film is edited to include wonderful animated sequences which really show the style of the film in its fullest form, the kangaroo men are amusing and its fun to see a veteran rapper like Ice-T playing a half man half kangaroo, it drops his street cred no end, but he is amusing and there are comedy lines to burn in this film. Naomi Watts is very good as Jet Girl, being the sensible foil to the craziness of Tank Girl.
Overall Petty is the star of the film, it does run out of gas before its conclusion, but its a fun ride and looks wonderful, the acting is fine and its a colourful stylish introduction to the work of Gorrilaz artist Jamie Hewett.
An absolute must for fans of the original comics or anyone who likes a slightly more leftfield film.
The DVD is available for £3.98 on Amazon.com and is well worth a look.
This film is quite frankly hilarious. There is no doubt in my mind at all that this is one of the funniest film I have ever seen. However I acknowledge that it will not be everyones cup of tea, but the humour is right down my street. The plot is based in 2033. A comet has hit the earth and life as we know it has changed. One company, Water and Power, now owns pretty much all of the water and power on the planet. Our female star Rebecca, played by Lorri Petti, is a lovable tomboy with a quick tongue and a liking for guns, not to mention tanks! She is joined by the shy but smart Jet, played by Naomi Watts. Together they escape the clutches of Water and Power, which is run by a power obsessed madman, played by Malcolm McDowell. However, when W&P kinap Rebeccas (adopted) daughter, Tank girl and co need a plan to get her back, and they decide to team up with the Rippers, a rejected Army of kangaroo like people, one of whom is played by Ice T. As you can tell from the above summary, this is a very strange and original film. However, it never even considers taking itself particularly seriously, and provides an hour and a half of hilarious entertainment. The movie is full of surprises. Many of the scenes are interlaced with 'batman and robin'esc animated shorts, which surprisingly only add to the film. The humour is raw, slighlty rude at times, but undoubtedly absolutely hilarious. The camerawork is excellently done, and adds to the films novelty value, while the acting is more than satisfactory. The sets are not the most impressive ever, but that just isn't important in a film like this. I do, however, have one big fear with this film. Many people have been put off by the title and their preconceived ideas, and have assumed it to be another trash film to be left alone to rot. IT IS NOT. It is a rare gem and should be seen by all! Mark: 9/10. Strange but very entertaining.
All right, I admit it. Every time I watch this film, I get a certain gleam in my eye that makes my spouse want to jump up and hide the razor. I get this crazy impulse to shave my head, dye the remains blue, and pierce my nose. Fortunately, it goes away after half an hour or so, to everyone's relief. But really, this is one of the true great "girl power" movies of the 90's. As a fan of the "Tank Girl" comic books, it was a little bit of a letdown. Quite a bit of the gleeful, lusty anarchy of the original series was watered down, whitewashed, or removed all together to make the film more palatable to "mainstream" audiences. That said, they did an admirable job of, at the very least, capturing the manic, rollercoaster ride ambience of the comics set to a fabulous soundtrack, and topped off by the brilliant decision to cast Lori Petty in the title role. She did shave her head and even looked good afterward! Some of the acting was weak and this was, after all, not high art as moviemaking goes, but overall it's a great frolic of a film best enjoyed with popcorn, attitude and one's best girlfriends. Be sure to put the razor away first.
I've actually read some of Tank Girl comics, and this movie is quite a watered-down portrayal of that violent, anarchistic, anything-goes universe. That said, I still like the movie and of course I own a copy. The movie is a bit...ok - dumb...but what do you want? It was a low budget adaptation dripping in melodrama and tongue-in-cheek goofiness. The movie has simply stayed true to its source material, and there's something to be said for that…. If you see yourself as a highly refined intellectual, this visual feast is not going to be for you. You won’t get it. You won’t understand it, and I suggest you watch Out Of Africa instead ;+) The year is 2033, after a comet has crashed into Earth creating the end of the world as we know it. Tank Girl (Rebecca) 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) who runs the territory. While incarcerated at W + P, Tank Girl and her new friend Jet break out and steal... a tank and a jet (weird that!). After meeting some mutant kangaroos (one of which is Ice T!) nicknamed “Rippers”, and rescuing her little girl (adopted by her friends), the kangaroos, the girls kick Water and Powers' butt. Throughout the film, we see animated bits of the comic strip interwoven with live action. Lori Petty is perfect in her role; she’s brilliant as the wisecracking, fiercely independent and ultimately victorious heroine who changes costumes faster than the camera person can change reels. Her sidekick Jet (Naomi Watts) is wonderful too. Iggy Pop plays a dirty old man (not much different to real life!) called Rat Face and Ice T is virtually unrecognizable as the Ripper T-Saint. It's the mixture of seeming spontaneity and a total lack of seriousness that fuels whatever success Tank Girl has. The name of the ga
me is outrageousness, and the script never attempts anything that might damage it. There is no characterization to speak of, and the plot is simply a nonsensical piece of fluff upon which to drape so much excess. Just when you think things can't get sillier, something happens to change your mind, whether it's the inclusion of the animation, a bizarre rendition of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It", or Tank Girl sporting a bra that would make Madonna weep with envy. Talking of which (very loosely!) the music is pretty kicking too, from Bjork to Devo, the brilliant L7 to Portishead, they are all given a shot at providing the umppf this film has. Tank Girl is just subversive enough, the character just feisty enough, that it's worth seeing even if you haven't read any of the comics by British artist Jamie Hewlett or know anyone with green hair. When the movie came out, I was actually planning to dye my hair fuchsia in homage to this great ‘chick’. (but I had to get a job!)
In Tank Girl, director Rachel Talalay's aggressively hip adaptation of the cult comic book, it is 2033 and the earth has been clobbered by a comet; civilization has been destroyed, and it hasn't rained in 11 years. Nearly all the water on the planet is controlled by the evil Water and Power Company, which is in turn controlled by the even more evil Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell). Who stands in the way? Mysterious mutants called the Rippers and, of course, Tank Girl. Lori Petty plays the eponymous, wisecracking, defiant heart of the movie as kind of an inner child gone wild. Unfortunately Petty can't quite carry a movie on her own--her zingers frequently fall flat and she seems to be continually worried that we still like her. Luckily there's Naomi Watts as Jet Girl to save the day: smart, shy and inherently way more appealing than Tank Girl. For all it lacks, Tank Girl is visually an eye-popper, worth watching for the insane set and costume designs alone. --Ali Davis, Amazon.com