It is rather sad that I felt I had to include this one on my list. I say this because I believe Tank Girl could have been a smart and funny film. Based on a series of comic books, Tank Girl follows a loud-mouthed, tank-driving female who traverses a post-apocalyptic landscape while dodging mutant kangaroo people and a villainous corporation that is manipulating the supply of water to the thirsty masses. Unfortunately in its execution, this is a noisy, poorly-written, poorly-acted movie that goes in circles for the first two acts, then tries to stage a major action climax that feels small and is so badly filmed that you can't even really see what's happening on screen.
Petty is likable as a supporting character, say, the best friend, but
having to deal with her loud, squeaky voice for the full length of a
film is enough to make anyone want to pour hot wax into their ears.
Also, Ice-T looks ridiculous in a supporting role amidst a slew of
sloppy makeup and his character is basically the same character he plays
in everything. Still, it's unfair to put all the blame on the stars
here. This is a vapid, pointless script, filled with unintelligent
characters, bad effects and even worse make up.
Girl has a strange, hyperactive style to it. It definitely screams
90’s with its loud characters, neon colors, chaotic camera work and
music video style. Now, I that said, I like the premise of the
movie. I also like the look of the film (minus the aforementioned
neon). The sets are basically better-looking versions of the sets from
the Mario Bros. movie, filled with gritty, dirty fixtures and a rusty
motif. Throw on some contrasting colors in the foreground and you get a
nice visual pop that makes things really stand out (most of the time).
aside, I can’t give this one a pass because Tank Girl is just one of
those shallow action films that is designed to show you stuff and make
noise for roughly and hour and a half and then just end. It leaves you
with nothing to ponder, does nothing to inspire, and doesn't even try to
have a coherent series of events to carry the plot. The movie is just
all over the place. It's trying to be too many things and the fact that
the filmmakers actually thought this movie may warrant a sequel is just