Turbo kid

Eight­ies- style ex­cess

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased out now! 2015 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tors Fran­cois Si­mard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann- Karl Whissell

Cast Munro Cham­bers, Lau­rence Laboeuf, Michael Iron­side, Aaron Jef­fery

Adapted from 2011 short “T Is For Turbo”, this ’ 80s- en­am­oured ac­tion com­edy spills enough red stuff to keep blood banks in busi­ness for a cen­tury. The pri­mary blood- let­ter: a BMX- rid­ing su­per­hero who uses a weaponised “Turbo Glove” to ex­plode his en­e­mies in a cas­cade of grue.

The Kid, as he’s known, lives alone in a Mad Max- y postapoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land where acid rain has left clean wa­ter a scarce re­source. The flow is con­trolled by Michael Iron­side’s tyran­ni­cal Zeus, who The Kid gets caught up with af­ter Zeus’s colour­ful cronies kid­nap his kooky would- be love in­ter­est Ap­ple. Lots of hys­ter­i­cally over- the- top vi­o­lence en­sues.

Turbo Kid is a real treat. Much like grind­house pas­tiche Planet Terror, the thread­bare plot, daft di­a­logue and know­ingly overblown per­for­mances are all part of the charm. There’s also a top retro- synth sound­track, but the real joy of Turbo Kid is its wildly in­ven­tive and glee­fully gory vi­o­lence. It’s the kind of film where a man get­ting his in­testines pulled out by pedal bike is one of the tamer mo­ments. Bet­ter still, the ef­fects are al­most en­tirely prac­ti­cal – they’ll have you howl­ing through­out.

Ex­tras A good Mak­ing Of ( 23 min­utes) and ( on Blu- ray only) the orig­i­nal short. Jor­dan Far­ley

The Turbo Glove is a re­painted Nintendo Power Glove, while trader Bagu is named af­ter a char­ac­ter from Zelda II.

Hob­bit style was in that year.

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