Tank Girl (000) from Tuna
comments in white:
Tank Girl (1995) was released this
week, finally, on DVD. The reason UA/MGM released it was a huge
petition drive by fans of the film. I suspect they were reluctant
because the film was a critical and box office flop. I bought a cheap used VHS copy years ago, and
watched it without benefit of having read any reviews. I immediately
fell in love with this film. I can't account for the critical and box
office failures, other than the fact that the success of a high camp
cult film is partially dependant on timing. The DVD is bare bones, but
the film is as enjoyable for me as ever. It uses animated interludes,
special effects, series of still cuts, and about everything else you
would expect from a comic book inspired film. It starts out high
energy, and never pauses for breath. I will let Tank Girl provide the
plot set-up in her own words.
|The film is about her battle to escape Water and Power, who are ruling the world by monopolizing the water, and to free her young friend. Water and Power tries to use her to trap and kill "The Rippers," who are mutated Kangaroos. As you can tell from the above quote, Tank Girl, played by Lori Petty, definitely has attitude to spare. If you are not opposed to this sort of cult camp, I give it very high marks.||
comments in yellow:
I guess I'm not a hip enough dude to "get it", but the movie has a cult of ardent supporters. Although no group rates it very high, many female viewers see it as an empowerment picture, and women (5.5) rate the film far higher than men (4.5) at IMDb. Americans also rate it quite a bit lower than others (4.4 vs 4.9), and people under 30 rate it better than people over 30 (5.1 to 4.5). So if you are a male American over 30, like me, the odds are stacked heavily against you, but Tuna is in that category and likes it a lot.
I did like some things about it.
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