Tank Girl (1995) Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey, Jeff Kober Movie Review

Tank Girl (1995)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Naomi Watts and Lori Petty in Tank Girl (1995)

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In a dystopian future Rebecca (Lori Petty), aka Tank Girl, is one of a group of survivors living in a small community in the middle of nowhere where the water is controlled by a mega corporation run by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell). When Tank Girl and her friends are caught for stealing water she ends up meeting Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) in the prison. Together Tank Girl and Jet Girl manage to escape, stealing a tank and a jet in the process then after meeting some mutants they take the fight to Water and Power.

I have met some fans of the Tank Girl comics who think the movie "Tank Girl" does a nice job of recreating the eccentric nature of them whilst I have met others who think the movie is painful and inaccurate. So if fans of the comic books can't make up their minds over "Tank Girl" the movie what hope has someone who before watching "Tank Girl" didn't even know it originated in a comic book. Now I am not going to lie because I found "Tank Girl" pretty painful and a hard movie to watch due to its scatter gun approach to everything. Basically the story is all over the place so are the characters as are the set design, if they gave out awards for eccentric movies "Tank Girl" would be in the running.

But it has to be said that the eccentric nature of "Tank Girl" certainly makes it a hard movie to forget and I have tried. And a big part of that is Lori Petty who delivers one of the most striking and random characters who I have come across who despite being rough is also sexy and at times surprisingly cute. In fact the character of Tank Girl is like the movie, one big contradiction which leaves you amused but kind of uninterested.

What this all boils down to is that I reckon "Tank Girl" is one of those movies which you either love or hate and sadly despite enjoying Lori Petty as Tank Girl the movie as a whole bordered on the unwatchable.