TURBO KID is one of those films I kept hearing about all of last year as it made the festival rounds and eventually hit VOD. But I confess, I’m stubborn. So the more that multiple sources kept pushing me towards this specific title, the more I put it off for fear of overhype. So I’ll be the first to admit how wrong I was in this particular case, because TURBO KID is as fantastic as it gets.
The film is set in the post-apocalyptic world of 1997, but as if made in the early 80’s where most of the planet is a wasteland. Our main character is The Kid (Munro Chambers) who dwells in this desert alone, acting as a scavenger to survive and trading junk in for water. He does happen to have a pretty sweet place filled with cool relics from the old world to call his own. And he really loves the old Turbo Rider comic books. His life completely changes after he crosses paths with the bad-ass Frederic (Aaron Jeffrey) and the cute & quirky Apple (Laurence Leboeuf), who quickly reminds him what it’s like to be a kid again. But the evil dictator Zeus (played by Michael Ironside, of course!) is out to vanquish them all.
The Kid adopts his favorite comic book persona and becomes Turbo Kid, a superhero out to fight Zeus and avenge his parents with a little help from his friends. Along the way, there is a barrage of crazy characters like Skeletron, Zeus’ right hand hockey-masked thug with a penchant for gory violence. You’ll also get some fun and outlandish set pieces, creative homemade weapons, a really strong & catchy synth score along with plenty of twists and turns, as well as a lot of genuine heart.
I’m very skeptical anytime a modern film tries to capture the essence of an “80s style movie” and attempts to do it authentically. Under most circumstances, it feels false. But this could be the one case where it perfectly captures all the weird HBO films we grew up watching and loving. The first 15 minutes, I was still skeptical. By the 20 minute mark, I shrugged and thought “this is pretty good.” But half way through, I succumbed to the fact that the movie was, in fact, great and had won over my heart. All I can ask for from a movie – is sincerity. And this film has it in spades. Kudos to trio filmmaker crew Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell for making me smile ear to ear over their crazy homage to post-apocalyptic films of yesteryear.
You can hear us talk about it on the latest episode of Killer POV over on Geeknation. This week, we welcome very special guest David Bruckner, one of the directors behind SOUTHBOUND, as well as THE SIGNAL and V/H/S. We talk about what it’s like to tackle an anthology segment, what his take on the next FRIDAY THE 13th would’ve been and discuss the topic of French Extremism in horror. Listen right here!
TURBO KID is now streaming on Netflix Instant so check it out this weekend!
Also, who the hell is this?! Because her character was my fave and I love her.