Tank Girl.  Hmmm, now here’s a fun, quirky little movie.

By all means, if I was a respectable movie critic, I would tell you to avoid this movie like the plague.  But darn it, I just really enjoyed watching it.

Tank Girl is a comic-book movie made in 1995, I stumbled across it recently while looking for movies on Netflix, and thought I would give it a try.

The story revolves around a young woman (Tank Girl, obviously) who’s living in a post-apocalyptic future, year 2033.  She becomes a prisoner of the ‘evil corporation’ known as Water & Power—which pretty much controls the planet.  While in prison, she befriends another female prisoner, who eventually becomes Jet Girl.

I won’t say much more about the plot, as I never like to spoil anything if you actually take the time to watch something I suggest.

Where I would like to spend most of my attention, is their choice of lead actress.  When I first saw the poster (or cover of the box, or whatever) for this film, I honestly thought I was looking at Gwen Stefani, or perhaps Pink.  In fact, I still thought that as the movie began.  But no, I soon discovered that Tank Girl was portrayed by a young actress named Lori Petty.

My next question of course was—who’s Lori Petty?  For a brief moment, I thought maybe she was Tom Petty’s daughter… but no such luck.  No, Lori Petty might best be remembered for her role as Kit, the cute, younger sister to Geena Davis in A League of Their Own.

And let me tell you, if A League of Their Own is your only association with Lori Petty, then be prepared for an eye-opening experience.  As in, the type of jaw-dropping sensation that every guy has experienced when he meets some girl that he knew when they were in kindergarten, and now she’s ‘all grown up’.

Aside from her physical appearance, she also gives an outstanding performance.  Really, the one word I could use to describe it is—bizarre.  But, bizarre in a good way.  She’s truly into her character.

The movie also features Naomi Watts and Malcolm McDowell.  McDowell is one of my favorite actors, and he gives a fairly typical performance here, as the head of the evil corporation.

A couple of other interesting notes.  I loved the scene transitions.  Periodically, throughout the film, they would use comic-book style animated sequences to transition from one scene to the next.  It was semi-unique and much more interesting than a standard ‘fade-to-black’ or a ‘screen-wipe’.

Also, I notice that the movie was directed by Rachel Talalay.  I had never heard of her before, but I found it interesting, just simply because you don’t see a lot of movies directed by women.  Looking over her filmography, I noticed that she has directed some other notable films, the most prominent being Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (a woman who directs horror movies? I like her already).

So why did I say that if I was a respectable movie critic, I would tell you to avoid it? Well, your average critic would probably say it’s not a “good movie”.  Meaning, there are some fairly big holes in the plot, and parts of it are pretty illogical.  There are things that happen that make no sense—but probably no more so than any other movie.

In the end, like I said earlier, it’s just a fun movie, so, check it out if you dare—and enjoy.

Title: Tank Girl
Year: 1995
Rating: R
Advisories: Violence, Foul Language, some VERY scantily dressed ladies.
Running Time: 104 minutes