Movie Review of "Tank Girl"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 1995 action/comedy starring Lori Petty and Malcolm McDowell.

Synopsis: In the year 2033, the Earth is a desert wasteland following a collision with a comet and 95 percent of the world's water supply is under the control of a tyrannical corporation that is determined to gain control of the remaining 5 percent by any means possible. The only person standing in their way is a tank-driving hero from Australia.
The movie stars Lori Petty, Malcolm McDowell, Ice T and Naomi Watts.


It had been pretty much forever since I had seen this movie. So, when I discovered it on Netflix a few days ago, I decided to take the time to watch it again over a couple of my lunch hours. And, as it turns out, this movie was as good as I remembered it being.

The thing I like about this movie is it manages to be funny while, at the same time, is actually a pretty decent action movie. Lori Petty's character is facing off against a well-armed army and has everything working against her from almost the very beginning. The huge odds and the unlikely anti-heroes that end up helping her out along the way keep things from becoming too predictable and, at very least, keep the viewer entertained.

Another thing I found I appreciated about this film is the writers didn't assume everyone watching it had actually read the comic strip it was based off of. This is actually a pet peeve of mine when it comes to other comic strip-inspired movies because, more often than not, I spend most of my time trying to figure out what exactly is happening. While I'm sure there were still some things left out, this movie does a good job of at least summarizing the basics, including who the major characters are and what happened up until the point the film started.

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Probably my only real complaint about this movie were the numerous crude sexual references throughout. This, in itself, isn't something I normally care all that much about. However, after a while, they did seem to get a bit repetitive and just weren't as entertaining as they probably were meant to be. In other words, the writers could have cut quite a few of them out without having any real impact on the plot or overall entertainment value of the movie.

Final Opinion

This isn't a movie that is going to be mistaken for an Oscar winner. However, it does manage to be very entertaining, which is pretty much the only thing I ask for when I watch movies. Even if you haven't read the comic strip it is based off of, it is worth taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 03/21/2015, StevenHelmer
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