BARB WIRETHE GOOD:
Well, the opening scene of the movie was Pamela Anderson doing a strip tease while being sprayed with water. That was pretty cool.
Udo Kier, who is a character actor who has been in about a million movies, was pretty cool as Barb's aide kinda dude.
The sets were good. I mean, the world of Steel Harbor was effective. The post apocalyptic type, lawless environment was effectively conveyed.
The bad guy was confident and powerful. The way he was portrayed made it seem as if Barb and the rest of the good guys had no real chance to win.
The bar that Barb owned and her bounty hunter operation that helped keep it running was pretty cool. I wish the whole movie would have been smaller and centered around a bounty case. That might have made this an interesting franchise. maybe.THE BAD
Pamela Anderson was absolutely awful. First, she OBVIOUSLY did none of her own stunt work (even the most rudimentary things. At one point, her body double/stuntperson appeared as if he was a man. The editing and shot selection was really bad on her stunt scenes.
Second, she spoke in this "tough girl" whisper throughout....but was all dolled up and sexy and everything, at the same time. It was horrible acting and a ludicrous attempt.
Third, she is so fake. Her body is so surgically altered that it was difficult to take her seriously as a human being, much less the character in the movie.
At one point the bad guy used what could only be called a prop from a sci fi porn movie as a torture device on some woman. It was weird and off putting.
There is a cop who is Barb's enemy, then her friend, then her enemy, then her friend again...and there is no reason ever given for why he changes sides, or why he is on any side to begin with.
As for that cop...the bad guys come into Steel Harbor in force. They have ultimate power and no need for local law enforcement (a fact that is made clear several times). However, for some reason, they keep that cop around and keep depending on him. It's senseless.
The ENTIRE plot is ridiculously cliché. There are freedom fighters who know about a dastardly government plot, and have to get one particular freedom fighter to safety to save the world. Barb is a tough as nails take no sides character, who ends up taking a side. There is a long lost love interest that reasserts itself. So cliché. At every step.
There is a backstory behind the relationships of some of the characters, right? Yep. But, it makes no sense and is stupid and was a waste of time in the movie.
Barb was a soldier in the past. And, there is a flashback. In the flashback, Barb is in an army uniform, but is still all dolled up like a playboy model. it was hilarious (unintentionally).
All of the villains become preening lunatics. Even the powerful, confident head bad guy just becomes a Joker caricature by the end of the movie. It was very disappointing.
The freedom fighters were all about 17 years old, which made it more emotional when they inevitably got killed, but also completely unbelievable.
I really didn't know the names of any of the characters except for Barb Wire and her dog, Camille. It was weird.
There is a scene near the climax of the movie where Barb and her two rebel buddies are trying to escape, but are double crossed by a criminal (that, for some unexplained reason, they trusted) and are trapped--surrounded by dozens of bad guy army dudes. Well, her the policeman that switchs sides for no real reason throughout puts a grenade in her hand. She throws it straight up in the air. EVRY bad guy ducks for cover. Barb and her buddies run into her truck and they get away. Dumbest escape ever.BOTTOM LINE:
Really crappy movie. There were some scenes that were ok. The sets were effective and actually got me into the mood of the movie, even though the movie itself was horrible. But, the story was clichéd drivel and the acting was deplorable.
I give it a D---bordering on a D minus.Suggested Reading
You could pick up the Barb Wire Movie Special from a few stores like; Bamf!!!!, East Bay Comics, Sanctuary Comics or "All In Color for a Dime".
Otherwise you could go after the original 9 issue Dark Horse Comics series. Several stores have a nice run of that series, among them; "All In Color for a Dime" again, along with DangerZoneComics and YourPlace2.com's Comic Shoppe.