"Barb Wire" is a 1996 science fiction action film, based on the comic book series of the same name. The film stars Pamela Anderson as Barbara "Barb" Wire, the owner of a nightclub in a dystopian future where civil war has broken out and the government has imposed martial law. When a scientist, who possesses information that could change the course of the war, seeks her help, Barb finds herself caught up in a dangerous plot and must use her combat skills to protect herself and her friends. The film is known for its over-the-top action sequences, and its campy and humorous tone. "Barb Wire" was a commercial failure, and received largely negative reviews from critics, who criticized its screenplay, direction, and acting. Despite its shortcomings, the film has since gained a cult following for its kitschy style and nostalgic appeal.