Barb Wire

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Released 1996

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Director:
David Hogan
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Barb Wire is a 1996 noir-action film starring Pamela Anderson and based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. The film is a futuristic tribute to the film noir classic Casablanca. The story takes place in 2017, when the Second American Civil War rages across the country. Anderson plays Barb Wire, a blond bombshell who plays by her own rules during a time when everyone is fighting for one side or the other. She owns a successful nightclub called the Hammerhead in Steel Harbor, the last free city in the war-torn United States. She also takes jobs here and there as a mercenary, selling her skills as a gun fighter to the highest bidder. One day, a freedom fighter on the run from the authorities shows up looking for a pair of black market contact lenses, and she's got Barb's ex-lover in tow. Now, as the political and military tensions escalate, Barb is forced to choose between her own resentful jealousy towards her ex's new woman and helping the freedom fighters win a major victory. Barb Wire is a fun and sexy film full of self-aware campiness in a sci-fi send up of a classic American film.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety

    Despite its obvious flaws, Barb Wire does what it sets out to do and does it well.

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Isn't much when it comes to either deliberate or inadvertent humor. But it does have a few amusing moments.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Ought to be disreputable fun. Instead it ends up, all its explosions and exposed flesh notwithstanding, rather inert.

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