Remember the old days, when Pamela Anderson was still just a Playboy Playmate turned Baywatch babe? You know--back before the bootleg release of her infamous home video with then-husband and ne'er-do-well rocker Tommy Lee, at which time the whole world got to compare Pam's barely adequate acting chops with her formidable skill at fellatio? Yes, those were the days (1996, to be exact), when a movie like Barb Wire represented dubious progress for the busty blonde, who was determined to make as big a splash on the big-screen as she did in the world's most popular syndicated... TV series. Set in the year 2017 when the Second Civil War is in full force, this sci-fi action thriller stars Pam in the title role--a leather-clad biker babe ("don't call me babe," she warns) who runs a nightclub in the last free city in America. The rest of country is controlled by the "Congressional Directorate," a dictatorial superpower which suspects Barb of trafficking in black-market contraband. That gets her into plenty of trouble (and a lot of cleavage-revealing costumes), and ... well, if any of this sounds even vaguely familiar, it's because this comic book-inspired movie is really just a shamelessly breast-enhanced variation on Casablanca, with Pam Anderson in the Bogart role. Taken for what it is, it's a brazen folly with action to spare, and as guilty pleasures go it's surprisingly enjoyable. What--you were expecting Oscar material? --Jeff Shannon [show more]
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American action film in which Pamela Anderson stars as tough, glamorous heroine Barb Wire. In a civil war-torn America in 2017, Barb owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead. In what is regarded as the last free city, she moonlights as a professional killer and bounty hunter. When Barb's acquaintance Dr Corrina Devonshire (Victoria Rowell) shows up at the Hammerhead to seek help, Barb must assist her in escaping to Canada to leak information about the development of a biological weapon, before the government stop her. In a race against time, Barb must acquire a set of hi-tech contact lenses that will help Dr Devonshire to deceive the iris scanners at the airport. However, Barb discovers that the coveted lenses are currently in the hands of a gang of lowlife criminals, and Barb must extract them before they are sold on to the black market.