Turbo Kid (2015)

Blender. Mad Max. Bmx Bikes. Nintendo. Synthy pop. Colour. Power Rangers. A dash of eccentricity and gnome on a stick. Turn on blender… and there you have the most colourful post apocalyptic film ever made, Turbo Kid.

In a post apocalyptic wasteland, set in the futuristic version of 1997, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.

Trio, Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoan-Karl Whissell, deliver their directorial debut by adapting their short film ‘T is for Turbo’ into a feature length version. Full of eccentric pop culture of yester year, Turbo Kid is a welcome addition to the genre mishmash of post apocalyptic / western / past-futuristic(?). I am not alone here describing the colourful film as Mad Max on BMX Bikes, but it really is the most adept way to summarise this campy flick.

This sweet natured low budget film oozes in style and over the top enthusiasm, the wacky characters and goofy sense of humour won’t be to everyone’s delight but I found it endearing. What surprised me about this film was how gory it was. Gloriously gory! Characters are hacked, disembowelled, impaled and showered in blood. All while remaining jokingly gritty, my personal favourite scene has the carnage raining down making a hilarious backdrop for the films most romantic scene.

The film isn’t perfect though, it never quite lives up to the premise it suggests. I really wanted to love this film, as it was bat shit silly! The synthy soundtrack becomes repetitive though, and I very quickly found it grating. I couldn’t help but cringe a little during any of the combat fight sequences. The choreography was touch on the amateurish side, the punches just a tad too slow. It took me out of what could have been totally engrossing, as they nailed the buckets of blood effects!

This cute action adventure is the perfect mix of Mad Max meets Power Rangers. Comically gory, is my favourite type of gore and I will always admire practical FX over CG. The retro affection will have you reminiscing of all the corny 80s flicks that you loved when you were younger. It’s vibrant and corny and really just a sweet ride.

6.5 / 10

“Keep pedalling, you piece of shit”

 

 

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