Take a Drink: every time Turbo Kid kills someone
Take a Drink: whenever the word “Turbo” is used
Do a Shot: for high-speed BMX action!
By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
The year is 1997, and the world has been devastated by acid rains, nuclear fallout, and a robopocalpyse. The Kid lives in a bunker, buying whatever clean water is available from a local shop by bartering goods he’s able to scrounge from the wastelands. One day, The Kid meets Apple, a crazed girl who hooks a tracking collar to his arm and swears eternal friendship to him.
Friends in Neon
After an initial awkward period, The Kid finds himself genuinely befriending her, and the two go on an adventure. While escaping a violent killer, The Kid stumbles into the crashed remains of the ship of the Turbo Riders, a super-team that failed to stop the apocalypse. Donning a dead superhero’s garb, including a wrist blaster, The Kid declares war on Zeus, the king of the Wastelands.
Played by Michael “effing” Ironsides
Turbo Kid is perhaps the most totally entertaining film of 2015, completely unconcerned with anything other than being fun to watch. The movie is big, bold, bloody hilarious, and bloody disgusting. Blending gory violence and comedy has historically been a challenging feat, but filmmakers François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell have managed the mix admirably. It is a rare thing also that a film has three directors, but the Triumvirate formed for the making of Turbo Kid seems to have paid off. Considering the tiny budget, the film boasts effective visuals, strong visual effects, and excellent makeup work.
Not to mention the… bold costume choices?
Easily a highlight of the film is the character design, like something straight out of an alternate dimension of Mad Max, but with a fetish for bicycles rather than cars. Such as the character Skeletron (pictured above). As another example, “Apple” is the horror-movie parody of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. This is more of a modern trope parody element than something from the 80s, but her quirks merge brilliantly when played against other characters, and when her true nature is revealed, it explains everything about her character in an instant.
You thought your girlfriend had issues?
The main flaw with Turbo Kid is the fact that the film is heavily reliant on the niche audience with 80s nostalgia goggles on. The film is a stylistic exercise that borrows very heavily from 80s B-cinema. Without the knowledge of these references, I’m not sure how far the audience will stay with the story. That said, the performances are solid, and the humor is universal.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the 80s action movie tropes that this film is parodying, you should still find much to appreciate here. Turbo Kid is a hugely entertaining exercise in apocalyptic genre filmmaking, full of colorful characters, visual treats, and gore galore.