Turbo Kid – A blast of 80’s inspired fun
I grew up in the 80s, and I LOVED anything that was sci-fi/action. Of course “Star Wars” was the tops, but there was so many more. Cheesy, over-the-top flicks like “The Quest”, “Flight of the Navigator” and “The Last Starfighter” were my obsession as a kid. Well, my friends, let me tell you about a fun little movie that is a throw-back to my fanboy childhood. It is called “Turbo Kid” and it is totally radical!
In “Turbo Kid” we follow the adventures of a young teenager (Chambers), living in a barren wasteland set in post-apocalyptic 1997. He is a resourceful lad, who searches the landscape for anything of value that he can trade for drinkable water (which, like in many other post-apocalyptic films, is the #1 sought after resource). He accidentally gains a sidekick when he stumbles upon the strange, hyperactive, super adorable Apple (Leboeuf). The two just begin getting to know each other when, as fate would have it (as would the plots of many other movies of it’s kind… but here that is a really good thing), they are captured by the local crime lord Zeus (a gloriously devilish Michael Ironside).
From that point on, “Turbo Kid” is a fast-paced mixture of bloody action, hilarious homages to it’s 80s influences, and a pretty endearing story about a pretty endearing hero and his lovable friend/love interest. The best part is that it is totally unpredictable and avoids the traps of becoming to much or not enough. Every time I started to roll my eyes, I was pulled right back in by a cool chase scene or a sweet weapon (think gloves that shoot lasers and a garden gnome attached to a stick). It was entirely enjoyable and also like those old sci-fi, action movies I used to rent at Blockbuster, on Friday night, after school it is very re-watchable.
“Turbo Kid” is sure to become a cult classic. I highly recommend you check it out. Especially if you are an 80s kid or just a lover of campy, fun action films.