In the future, Earth has become a vast wasteland. After a devastating comet strike, a decade long drought has forced all of humanity to bow under the control of a corporation called Water and Power, who control all of the remaining water. Living in the wasteland is Rebecca (Lori Petty) who is captured by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell), the head of Water and Power, and tortured. Along with a new friend Jet Girl (Naomi Watts), Rebecca escaped with a stolen tank and along with a rogue group of Rippers, Kangaroo/human hybrids, unleashes revenge upon Kesslee and his evil corporation.
Director Rachel Talalay has constructed a film based on a strange comic strip into an even stranger film. On the surface the film is convoluted, messy, bizarre and strange beyond comparison, but Lori Petty owns the characters of Tank Girl and plays her with great enthusiasm and conviction. Watts is great in her pre fame role here as well and both women really seem to be having a great time in the film. The design of the film is so bizarre and over the top you just have to enjoy it. The humor is frequent and the mood is defined totally by the b-movie genre, taking everything to the extremes and breaking all the rules. The makeup and effects are particularly intriguing with Ice-T playing one of the hybrids and infusing the weird creatures with lots of heart and personality. Tank Girl is a unique experience and not one that everyone will enjoy, but if you accept it for the original beast that it is, there is a lot of fun to be had.
The Blu-ray from Shout Factory is a very nice upgrade from previous editions of the film with a nice clean transfer that really shines in hi def. Detail and clarity are greatly improved throughout and although a few scenes still come up a bit soft, this is a stellar new edition overall. There are also some entertaining extra features with interviews and behind the scenes of this cult classic. A fantastic group get together flick, you have definitely never seen anything like Tank Girl.
Available November 19th on Blu-ray and DVD.