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Written and directed by: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell.
Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffrey and Michael Ironside.
Turbo Kid is an action-packed gory retro-future adventure from Canada-New Zealand directing team RKSS (Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell). Don't let the lively description fool you, though; this film tries to do way too much and, in doing so, accomplishes very little. Set in the year 1997, the film claims that “this is the future.” While the opening sequence includes high energy '80s music, throwing back to 1986's bicycle-motocross movie, Rad, and fun video game-inspired credits, once the story lifts off, the entertainment value comes crashing down. As a tribute to past '80s flicks, Turbo Kid does too much looking back when the story needed to be pushed forward. Aside from the campy gore, nifty backdrop and a couple strong supporting actors, the film had this viewer wanting to blast off in another direction.
The Kid (Munro Chambers) is a comic book loving teenage boy trying to survive in a '90s post-apocalyptic wasteland. This scavenger collects relics from the past, particularly '80s toys, pink flamingo lawn ornaments and comic books featuring his beloved superhero, Turbo Rider.