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Barb Wire
(1996)
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 7 Beans

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on't call her babe. Don't call her late for dinner. Please don't call her an actress.

That Pamela Anderson (BAYWATCH) can not act should come as a surprise to no one. True, she is internationally recognized for her assets, but that has nothing to do with her ability to read cue cards convincingly. She pouts her way through this travesty, whispering all her lines in a supposedly seductive manner, all the while looking as real as a muppet with plastic surgery.

And what a travesty it is. There's no need to explain the plot of BARB WIRE. You want to know what happens? Go watch CASABLANCA, which is what writers Ilene Chaiken and Chuck Pfarrer obviously did several times before hammering out BARB's story. If you're not familiar with the Humphrey Bogart classic, have no fear. Counting on the fact that their audience probably have never seen a black & white movie, Ilene and Chuck have provided plenty of exposition. After half the movie, I was left with the distinct impression that the writers would rather tell us the story than show us the movie. Characters stop every ten minutes or so for long speechs about what's happening, often accompanied by flashbacks. These expostion-breaks are about as subtle as BARB's leather & more leather costumes (cleary designed to highlight her most valuable assets).

Of course, BARB WIRE is an action movie, so I feel I should comment on the action sequences: blah.

This movie is rated R in North America. Which means if you're renting it just to see Pamela Anderson, you should save the effort and pick up a copy of her infamous home video instead (and it probably has a more original plot).






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