Fantasia Film Review: Turbo Kid

(Source: Epic Pictures Group)

(Source: Epic Pictures Group)

Welcome to the wasteland!

This one is your local hero, Fantasia. It’s the local team making the finals, it’s the small diner making the global news, it’s your best friend appearing on TV. It’s time to go back to the 80’s and survive post-apocalypse with Turbo Kid. This is an audience pleaser. This is the old classic boy takes on villain by becoming a hero.

The movie requires you to surrender your cynic credentials, put on the nintendo power glove and fire up the 8-bit soundtrack. This is only for the nostalgia crowd. The world has gone to hell, cars and fuel are a thing of the past, you ride is a two-wheeled human-fueled bicycle. Nobody is out there looking for fuel, biggest resource required and treasured is actual water. The Kid (Munro Chambers) is out there scavenging day by day, trying to make ends meet and occasionally scoring the odd comic book. If he’s lucky, it will be about Turbo Rider and his turbo glove, a weapon capable of sending destructive energy. The comic is a veiled propaganda to join some lost forgotten corps from presumably the final days before the apocalypse.

The Kid however has two amazing strokes of luck. First, he finds odd but lovable Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) which he grudgingly adopts. There’s more to Apple than meets the eye, but I’ll let you discover that yourself. It’s while trying to rescue Apple from another scavenger that the Kid runs into a buried transport carrying a dead soldier wearing the red armor upon which inspires his favorite comic superhero – and the actual Turbo glove.

The innocent duo will soon ran afoul of Zeus (Michael Ironside) fittingly playing a supervillain that seems to be taken right out from a Mad Max / Knight Rider universe. Turbo Kid will have to test his mettle, find allies, rescue his girlfriend and be rescued by her in return as it’s just another day after the apocalypse. Power up.

Recommended for nostalgic purposes only. You need to see this with a load crowd cheering the movie on. Expect gore and guts in the style of Troma. Midnight show fanatics only. Filmed right here in Quebec and directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell.

Coming next!

That will do for now.

(Sources: Fantasia International Film Festival)

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