Turbo Kid (2015) 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review
Directed By: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring: Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Laurence Lebouef & Edwin Wright
In the post-apocalyptic future of 1997 life in the wasteland is hard. With little to no water, everyone has to scavenge for vintage items in exchange for drinking water. Our hero The Kid is a non-confrontational loner, riding his BMX bike across the wasteland in search for items to trade for water and issues of his favorite comic book Turbo Man until one day when he meets a girl. He teaches her the rules of life in the wasteland, of scavenging and protecting yourself until one day the henchmen of the tyrannical overlord of the wasteland Zeus, kidnaps her. Our hero then has to look deep down in himself and become like the hero he idolizes most.
For a film that seemed to just appear out of nowhere, TURBO KID is an ultra-violent MAD MAX mixed with a bit of BMX BANDITS! I absolutely fell in love with the film! I mean what’s not to love? You have a great cast, great practical effects, gore galore and a villain with a circular saw on his wrist! Michael Ironside gives a fantastic performance as Zeus, the ruler of the wasteland. While the most memorable character we meet is Apple, The Kid’s new best friend and love of his life played by Laurence LeBouef. This lovable lady supplies us with most of our comedic moments in the film and one great ARMY OF DARKNESS reference. The film boasts a wide variety of memorable death scenes along with some interesting and creative weapons. TURBO KID has that retro style to it that has been fairly popular in the past couple of years and while it’s not for everyone, I do think most viewers can find something enjoyable in the film even if it isn’t your cup of tea. It was by far one of my favorite films from last year and I do think when it’s all said and done it will go down with a cult following.
The TURBO KID 3 disc set (BD, 2DVD) comes from Epic Pictures and will set you back about $30. You can snag it from www.turbo-kid.com. It’s loaded with special features including; a making of feature, festival Q & A’s, audio commentary, four different galleries and more. There is also a Region A steelbook of the film you can get for the same price at DiabolikDVD but I am unsure of the features on that particular release.