Eighties- style excess
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.