Director(s): François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Micheal Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery
Nostalgia projects have become a hot commodity in today’s filming ventures. With successful crowd funded projects such as Kung Fury bubbling our childhood memories back into our consciousness, it is inevitable that more of these films are going to be made. With that, Turbo Kid seems ripe for this niche genre.
Things seem to be going well for the two until they run-a-foul of Zeus (Micheal Ironside doing what he does best), the leader of a ruthless gang of evil-doers who take joy in processing their victims into drinkable water. Taken by surprise, Apple is kidnapped as Kid is forced to seek refuge in an old aircraft which holds the remains of the actual Turbo Man, the real-life hero of his comics. Dawning his idol’s uniform, as well as his Power Glove Laser Cannon (which turns its victims into a raining mist of goop), Kid goes on to face Zues’ gang and rescue his friend. With the help of a fellow captive, an arm wrestling cowboy named Frederic, the three escape the clutches of Zeus’ gang only to have to face them in a final blood-soaked showdown.
Clever concept, well-done effects and a talented unknown cast help the film get out of any ruts it may be heading toward. Not a perfect flick, but an oddly fun ride nonetheless. I would give this a recommend to anyone who is able to just go with a premise, no matter how strange. Watch Turbo Kid for yourself and be your own critic. I’m just here to to get you through the wasteland. Enjoy!