‘Turbo Kid’ DVD Review
Are you a fan of 80s action flicks? Then buckle up and check out Turbo Kid. This new movie is a funny and exciting film made in the image of 80s movies like Mad Max and The Running Man.
The movie opens in the post-apocalyptic future of 1997. The main character, only known as The Kid, is a simple scavenger collecting just enough to get by after the death of his parents. He barters with a stand in town for water and comic books and lives a fairly happy life in his bunker full of 80s nostalgia. His favorite possessions are his Turbo Rider comics and action figures.
Things change, as they always do, when The Kid meets a girl named Apple. To say that Apple is crazy would be an understatement, but The Kid feels sorry for her after the death of her friend and they agree to help each other.
After Apple is kidnapped, The Kid stumbles upon the armor and weapon of Turbo Rider. He uses it to attempt to rescue Apple from Zeus, the evil warlord, with the help of Frederic, the leader of a local resistance that stands against Zeus. The trio must do all they can to survive Zeus’s followers and escape with their lives.
The movie is a lot of fun. There is a good amount of laughs for a post-apocalyptic tale and the excessive violence only adds to the humor. Even simple decisions like having everyone ride bikes from place to place adds character to the film. It makes sense that there wouldn’t be any gasoline left, but I’ve seen very few post-apocalyptic movies that address it by not having vehicles at all.
Munro Chambers does a pretty good job as The Kid. He’s essentially a straight man to some of the other characters’ shenanigans, but it is a very physical role and he handles the dramatic bits very well, too.
Zeus is played by veteran actor Michael Ironside. You can tell that he was only available for a few days. His scenes felt a little more rigid and rushed than some of the others, but his performance was spot on. He was the perfect actor for the part.
The movie is almost stolen by Laurence Leboeuf, who plays Apple. She’s pretty over the top when she first appears, but as you learn more about the character it fits perfectly. She brings a lot of the humor, energy, and emotion to the movie, but she is also the driving force for the plot. Leboeuf really hits it out of the park, and I hope this leads to more American roles for her.
Overall the movie was a lot of fun. There is a great balance of action, comedy, violence, and humor to entertain most. It would definitely be fun to watch with a small group of friends.