Turbo Kid (2015) Review: Power Rangers Meets Mad Max
“Mad Max on a BMX!”
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.
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Ludwig von Stroodle:
Turbo Kid is an over-the-top ’80s-style action adventure splatterfest that dips just a toe into the realm of horror. In the apocalyptic wasteland of 1997, a kid obsessed with comic books finds his hero’s Turbo glove in the wreckage of a government plane. What’s so turbo about a glove? How about the power to explode people into a fine red mist? Naturally, the bad guy (Michael Ironside) and his henchmen kidnap the kid’s girlfriend and he has to explode them all to get her back.
The plot is simple, and most of the movie is either endearingly or painfully cheesy depending on how you want to look at it. Think Power Rangers meets Mad Max, with an awful lot of bike riding. Between robots, buzz-saw hands, and creative dismemberments, there’s plenty to enjoy, but people might have trouble getting over the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Honestly, there isn’t much there aside from the ridiculousness; it’s a loving tribute to the insanity of the 1980s, in all its cringingly rad glory.
Ludwig von Stroodle’s Rating: C+
Wow, this movie is trying WAY too hard.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C