Once upon a time, comic book films were not always expected to be sophisticated works of classy entertainment.
Still, Barb Wire is totally inept and inert. Busting out with a tawdry introduction of soft-core striptease, the film takes a buxom bounty hunter from Dark Horse comics (home to Hellboy and Sin City) and lets pneumatic Pamela Anderson play her as a DOA mannequin.
In the early 21st century, the USA is in the wake of the Second American Civil War. The whole country is in a constant state of emergency and the fascistic Congressional Directorate rules the country.
There is only one free city left, Steel Harbor, a coastal California industrial town which is also headquarters for the resistance. This is the hometown of Barb Wire, owner of the Hammerhead nightclub (and part-time mercenary and bounty hunter).
One evening, her former lover Axel Hood (Temuera Morrison) appears at the club asking for a favour to help him and his lover Cora D (Victoria Rowell) – who just happens to be a former government scientist who has information about a bioweapon being developed by the Congressional Directorate – flee the country to Canada.
The plot is a shameless rip-off of Casablanca and makes no effort to hide it.
Cora D (Dr Corrina Devonshire)
Vanessa Lee Asher
Andre Rosey Brown
Nils Allen Stewart