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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: Tank Girl

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February 27, 2009

Movie Review Friday: Tank Girl

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week, we review a film with an environmental theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 or fewer words and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

Tank Girl (1995)
Available on DVD

It is 2033. An asteroid has crashed into Earth, turning it into a wasteland. It has not rained for 11 years, and all the water is owned by one company: Water & Power. A small group of outlaws including Rebecca (a.k.a. Tank Girl) live in the last cranny of unclaimed land, pumping water illegally from the ground to survive. However, their state of being untouchable does not last for long. W&P raids their house, killing everyone except for Tank Girl and Sam, her boyfriend's daughter. The two are then separated and used as slaves, at which point Tank Girl must use her ingenuity to save Sam and herself.

Based on a British comic book by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, the film was a critical and financial failure. (While watching, see if you can spot Naomi Watts, Ann Cusack, and Iggy Pop.) But its quirkiness garnered it a cult following, especially in the U.K., and certainly does paint an eerie image of our critical dependence on water.

--Lara Loewenstein

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