Thursday, December 29, 2016

Movie Review: "Turbo Kid" (2015)

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Movie"Turbo Kid"
Director: Fran├žois Simard & Anouk Whissell
Year: 2015
Rating: UR
Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

In a post-apocalyptic 1997, a young kid finds a special glove and adopts the persona of a comic book superhero to battle the evil Zeus (Michael Ironside) and his minions.

"Turbo Kid" is written and directed by Fran├žois Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. This is a film that was made in 2015, but is meant to look like it was made in the 1980's, but takes place in a post-apocalyptic 1997. There is only one goal for everyone in this universe, and that's to survive. Doing so is a difficult task as the pursuit of clean water is nearly impossible given that a ruthless tyrant uses his gang of steampunk-looking madmen to gain control of this world. Everyone rides around on bikes because it's the apocalypse and gas isn't readily available, and also because in the 80's, BMX style bikes were a common trope in films...think "The Road Warrior" meets "BMX Bandits" meets "Stranger Things."

We were not quite sure what to expect when we began this film, but we had heard a recommendation or two from several cinephiles we know and trust to take a chance on "Turbo Kid." It is pretty damn amazing! From the overall look, to the oddball story, to the cool characters and the radical soundtrack, it is truly something that needs to be experienced if you're into this sort of film. There is a massive abundance of over-the-top gore that is taken to cartoonish levels. Really, there is far more gore in this sci-fi comedy than in many horror movies churned out on the regular. Excess is not a word in these filmmakers' dictionary. It has a great cast of characters like The Kid, played by Munro Chambers, who has managed to survive on his own and is a comic book enthusiast; Apple, played by Laurence Leboeuf, who bears a strange resemblance to Rainbow Bright; Frederic, played by Aaron Jeffrey, the token Australian badass because in the 80's, there was nothing more badass than Australia, and of course, the evil Zeus, played by Michael Ironside, because who better to play an 80's villain than Michael Ironside?!

"Turbo Kid" is a wonderful homage to 80's B-movie filmmaking. It is fun and outrageous, and for those who are fans of 80's exploitation cinema, this is a movie you can really geek out on and have a good time watching, but try to go in knowing as little as possible and let the film take you where it does on its own. It's pretty cheesy, but it's meant to be, and the cheese really only enhances its charm. We loved the characters, the kickass soundtrack, and the excessive nature of it all. This is a must see!

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My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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