Director(s): François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissel
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright
Written by Dalton Brown
Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes
‘Turbo Kid’ is filled with cheesy dialogue, gratuitous violence and over-the-top acting. So, it was exactly what I originally expected it to be. Starring Munro Chambers and Laurence Leboeuf, ‘Turbo Kid’ is about a post-apocalyptic wasteland, ruled over by an evil warlord who harnesses the world’s only water supply à la ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The Kid (Chambers) then takes it upon himself to stop the evil warlord with the help of his female companion (Leboeuf).
There’s more to the plot than just that, but if I were to explain the plot any further it would delve into spoiler territory. Let’s just say, there’s a lot of twists and turns! The good thing about the film then, is this air of unpredictability which keeps you thoroughly entertained throughout. There’s a lot to love about ‘Turbo Kid’, but there’s also some negatives to it as well. One negative is that everybody – even the evil warlord himself – rides a bicycle. Not a car, but a bicycle. I don’t have some kind of irrational hatred for cyclists or anything, it’s just that they never explain why they’re on bicycles in the first place. I realise that’s more of me nitpicking than actually providing constructive criticism, but still…I like to know!
Another complaint I have is that the special effects looked cheaper than I thought they would. I feel like I understand why they went this way, and I get that there was probably budget constraints, but the blood in particular looked very fake. It seemed like they spent more money on making the explosions (which there aren’t many of) look cooler than the blood (which there’s a lot of). Time to show ‘Turbo Kid’ some love now. One thing I loved about ‘Turbo Kid’ was the cinematography (of course), which somehow managed to make a post-apocalyptic wasteland look beautiful. The soundtrack too – made up of some really good electronic music – interacted perfectly with the tone of the movie, creating an effortless flow to proceedings.
Sadly, however impressive your landscape may be, or whatever beats you accompany this with, you cannot disguise how cheesy the clichéd dialogue was. In addition, a lot of the moments which were intended to be sad, ended up making me chuckle, especially when the writers clearly went the extra mile to make the scene even more sad, which just resulted in even more cheesy lines being churned out (yes we said cheesy and churned, we know what we’re doing). The actors are also guilty of some rather below-par performances, but as newcomers to the acting game, and given how old they are, this is to be expected.
All in all, ‘Turbo Kid’ is pretty fun and shows potential. It felt like a cross between ‘Mad Max’, and a short that came out earlier this year titled ‘Kung Fury’, with a hint of ‘Kick-Ass’ to boot. If you can ignore the cheap effects and the cheesy undertones, then you may well find yourself having quite a good time with this film.