Rev. Ron’s Bite-Size Review of “Turbo Kid”

Turbo Kid and Apple

Greetings, loyal readers!  In case you didn’t know, Turbo Kid was recently made available in select theaters and various On-Demand services.  Well, the other night I spent the money to watch it on Vimeo On-Demand and I am here to provide you with a little Bite-Size review and help you figure out if it’s worth your time and money (I’ll give you a hint, it totes is!).

Turbo Kid

Turbo Kid powers up

What is it? An 80s throwback B-movie sci-fi adventure adapted from a short film released in 2011.

What is it about?  In the post-apocalyptic future of 1997, a loner obsessed with a comic book meets a strange girl and ends up having to fight a deadly tyrant named Zeus.

Who is in it?  Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright and Aaron Jeffery.

How much do you make in a year?  That’s none of your business…but not much.

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The Good…

  • The film’s throwback feel comes off very genuine and more of a deep appreciation for 80s B-movies rather than just a cheap mock job of these films.
  • The synthesizer soundtrack really sells the satire but it’s also pretty good, very enjoyable and really highlights the scenes and action present.
  • The actors may not be household names (except maybe Michael Ironside…because everyone should know him because he’s awesome) but they are all doing their job wonderfully.  Special mention to Laurence Leboeuf who plays Apple, the odd girl.  Not only is her character fun but Leboeuf plays the role excellently.
  • The film really uses gore to make action sequences that are ridiculous but insanely humorous and a lot of fun.
  • The characters are very entertaining.  Everyone from the main character The Kid to the coolest evil henchmen named Skeletron (how awesome is that name?), they all prove to be entertaining in their own way.

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The Bad…

  • Actually, there’s not much bad going on here.
  • The heavy gore might alienate some audience members and the satire might be lost on a lot of people.
  • The film tries to balance out the gore humor with more G-rated gags and these always came off very cringe-worthy for me.
  • Replay value might not be too high because it may come off as gimmick-y to some members of the audience.

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Turbo Kid is a one-of-a-kind and completely unique piece of satire that can only exist in the days of the internet and crowd-funding.  This isn’t a film that studios would release nowadays in its current, more parody-heavy form (although it looks legit enough that it could have existed on the VHS Rental shelves of any video store in the 80s).  The feature is clever and fun in all the right ways and just strange enough that it makes the movie very amusing.  It could have easily come off as a gimmick or a mean-spirited send up of the cheap movies of the 80s but, instead, it just proved to be a well-rounded and wickedly entertaining flick!

 

Rev. Ron is a semi-retired stand-up comedian and a wannabe movie critic.  To read more of his reviews, including a more in-depth look at Turbo Kid, you can visit and follow his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com or follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster).