'Barb Wire' [Blu-ray]
(Pamela Anderson, Xander Berkeley, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1996) 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: During the Second American Civil War in 2017, Barb Wire owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead.
Things become complicated when her ex-lover Axel Hood, who is married to the fugitive Corrina Devonshire, re-enters her life.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, not many actors stumble on a role that seems designed just for them. However, and contrary to public thought, 'Barb Wire' actually wasn't as it was based on a comic book series.
Yet Pamela Anderson was perfect for the role. I've never liked her in those ditzy roles as while she may not be the brightest girl on Earth, she just can't pull them off.
For my money she is far better in a serious (well, ok, possibly pretend serious) role.
No one else could have fit the role so perfectly and she really did a great job. Sure people will mock her for being who she is, but if you are open before seeing the movie, she will surprise you here.
This isn't all about showing off Pam's body (who's fake boobs are not anywhere near as nice as they were before she had them done), but is a decent comic book made into a dynamite film.
Pam needed more roles like this and should have steered clear of the ditzy roles she seems to prefer playing. Again, to my mind she's made for this kind of cinematic thrill ride.
And what about the actual story line, I hear you ask? Well, it's a trashy, campy, sleazy, grotesque and incredibly flamboyant Sci-Fi story set in 2017; in a society spoiled by the Second Civil War and a city dominated by mayhem, corruption and resistance.
Barb Wire owns the successful bar, but makes even more money with her side jobs as rough bounty hunter and hired assassin. She leads a good life until her former resistance-lover shows up with a fugitive scientist who needs a special pair of contact lenses in order to flee to Canada.
Barb always remained neutral in political matters (always following her chosen example of Rick from 'Casablanca'), but it looks as if she'll have to get involved now!
An instant hit for anyone who likes the style of slightly corny comic book adaptations, 'Barb Wire' has just been re-released on a stunning new Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.