What happens when you mix a totally radical ’80s soundtrack, BMX racers, comic book fantasies, sexual tension, a dash of Troma film processed cheese, a boatload of one-liners, robots, an established actor as your villain and a post-apocalyptic future taking place in 1997? You get Turbo Kid! A film that has everything we ever loved about earnest B-movies with just the right amount of humor, gore and action on a shoe string budge.
Our adventure follows The Kid (Munro Chambers) a reclusive, shy orphan who dreams of being like his hero, the fictional comic book character, Turbo Rider! Society has fallen apart as sever drought has mad water, the most precious and scarce commodity something worth killing for.
Just when The Kid thinks he’s got it all figured out he meets Apple (Laurence Leboeuf), a quirky, cute girl who has no concept of personal space. All the while these new friends are trying to be companions for each other, warlord Zeus (Michael Ironside) is hosting death matched called, “pool parties” for the entertainment of his savage gang. Kiwi arm-wrestling champion, Fredrick (Aaron Jeffery) must avenge his brother who was taken captive from Zeus.
The Kid and Apple are recruited to help Fredric, but not before they are sidetracked by a dubious villain who inadvertently traps The Kid in the tank of the real Turbo Rider, and allowing The Kid to claim the power glove and take on the people who have caused enough suffering for everyone in the wastelands.
Directors Anouk Whissell, francois Simark and Toann-Kar Whissell have claimed the inspiration for this film were BMX Bandits, The Road Warrior, Cherry 2000 and Peter Jackson’s Braindead and they do not disappoint any of the fans of those cult classics. They even have Thunder in Your Heart from Rad as the song of the opening sequence.
Everything ties in beautifully, from the synth-pop to the ’80s movies one-liners honoring those that inspired the film to just the fun that is expected with this kind of flick. Turbo Kid is the complete package that few films honoring the 80s has been able to recapture the era. Go watch it, go watch it, go watch it!
Turbo Kid opens in limited release on Friday, August 28, 2015.