Friday, July 24, 2015

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2015: Turbo Kid

A young man becomes a superhero in a post-apocalyptic society in Turbo Kid.  It is the year 1997 and civilization has crumbled and is run with an iron fist by Zeus (Michael Ironside) and his henchman Skeletron (Edwin Wright). The Kid (Munro Chambers) lives on his own in the wasteland, scavenging for supplies and reading his favourite comic book Turbo Rider.  One day the kid comes across a super-powered glove and with the help of an odd girl named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) and a cowboy named Frederic (Aaron Jeffery), Turbo Kid fights back against Zeus.

Directed by the trio of filmmakers known as Roadkill Superstar (François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissel) and produced by Ant Timpson (ABCs of Death) and Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Turbo Kid is a film that takes place is the "post-apocalyptic future of 1997" and is essentially a live action video game from the 1980s and 1990s.  The film is jam packed with various pop culture references, with Turbo Kid himself being highly reminiscent of Mega Man.

Turbo Kid is full to the brim with over-the-top blood and gore, which includes people exploding when punched with Turbo Kid's super glove or the multiple rotable saw blades shot by Skeletron. The film also features quite a bit of comedy, much of which is provided by Laurence Leboeuf's somewhat absent-minded character of Apple. Then of course there's the great Michael Ironside being gleefully evil as the lead antagonist Zeus. While Turbo Kid is not a flawless film, it is still a very fun and very gory post-apocalyptic adventure.

 ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 |  REALLY LIKED IT 

Screenings:
  • Fri, July 31, 11:55 PM - Concordia Hall Theatre

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).