Saturday, October 31, 2015
31 Days of Halloween 2015: Day 31
François Simard , Anouk Whissell , Yoann-Karl Whissell
In the post-apocalyptic world of 1997, a young kid (Munro Chambers) rides his BMX bike through the wasteland in search of materials he can trade for water, and more importantly, comic books. On one of his outings he meets a pink-haired girl named, Apple (Laurence Lebeouf). Apple begins stalking him. She is captured by a local warlord named, Zeus (Michael Ironside). The kid discovers the armor and laser weapon of a Turbo-Man, a comic hero of his and he ventures out into the wasteland to rescue Apple. Taking the fight to Zeus will mean confronting the truth about what happened to his parents, and his feelings for Apple, but first he has disintegrate a dozen members of an evil BMX bike gang.
Turbo Kid is largely an homage to the post-apocalyptic action movies and pop culture of the 80s. At this point the retro-1980s aesthetic is so prevalent it almost qualifies as its own subgenre. The story in Turbo Kid is thin, but the film does have a lot of heart. Both the Kid and Apple are endearing characters and they have a great chemistry together. Turbo Kid is sweet, but it’s also an over the top gore fest with gallons of blood, severed limbs, and death by the armload. Somehow it never comes across as mean spirited, but I think a lot of that comes from the Kid himself who is shy almost to the point of passive, at least until to you push him past the breaking point.