Main Plot Points:
- The year’s 2033 and since a humongous meteor hit earth, the world just hasn’t been the same. No Movies, No Cable TV, NO WATER!!!
- A mega-villain, Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell at his gleefully sadistic best), the leader of Water & Power, holds the world in his grasp since he controls all the H2O down to the last drop…or so he thinks.
- Two colossal enemies stand in his way: The Rippers – an army of beasts whose sole purpose is to bring down the W&P, and a chick with a tank and tons of attitude – Tank Girl (an in every sense OTT Lori Petty).
- Kesslee had better get a grip on reality and his water jugs because not even a run in her stocking is going to stop Tank Girl from saving the planet.
What We Thought:
- Tank Girl doesn’t really work on any level, which is precisely why it’s so fascinating. It’s a beautiful train wreck.
- The film goes for a non-stop satirical tone, robbing the story of any sense of reality or danger, crippling every semi-serious moment, and enveloping the film in a shroud of perpetual seriously-what-the-F-were-you-thinking!?
- Imagine a Brazil-like futuristic vision, coupled with a 90’s-MTV attention span, and a low budget let’s-just-shoot-some-crap-in-a-desert-it’ll-be-fine sensibility.
- Chock-full of bizarre scenes that are neither funny nor crazy enough to work, like the baffling, meandering section in the middle of the film, with a lavish musical number (“Let’s Do It”, Cole Porter), and a dress-up time lapse sequence!
- Amidst incest jokes, and a strange passive-aggressive objectification of the eponymous heroine, Lori Petty insists on playing Tank Girl so aloof, it’s impossible to care for her, or feel anything else towards her, for that matter.
- And then there’s the oddly disconnecting animated sequences, ostensibly winking at the story’s comic book origins, which will be unfamiliar to almost everybody, but really covering up the lackluster budget and huge chucks of missing footage. Unsuccessfully, of course.
- Still, when Tank Girl rides into battle surfing on the barrel of a tank, sporting her umpteenth outfit and ditto hairstyle, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer audacity of the endeavor, even if it is entirely too cheap to really achieve the Road-Runner-on-speed feeling it’s going for.
- The Blu-ray looks good, even if it sports a few obvious specs and some dirt, but for a catalogue title of this type, it’s very respectable. (NOTE: The cover lists the widescreen aspect as 1.78:1. This is not correct, the movie is presented in the proper 2.35:1 aspect ratio.)
- Package includes both DVD and Blu-ray, plus a reversible cover. Blu-ray is locked for region A.
- Audio Commentary With Director Rachel Talalay and Actress Lori Petty
- Interviews with Lori Petty (22:36), director Rachel Talalay (23:51), and production Designer Catherine Hardwicke (18:07).
- Vintage Featurette (5:01)
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Lori Petty
- Malcolm McDowell
- Naomi Watts
- Rachel Talalay (Director)
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