#GrimmFest 2015: TURBO KID Film Review

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François Simard’s post-apocalyptic action horror TURBO KID makes Northern Premiere at GrimmFest 2015

It’s 1997, it’s a post-apocalyptic world and everyone rides a BMX, or if you’re a super bad-ass, a Chopper!

We start with the arm-wrestling champion Frederic (Aaron Jeffery of NEIGHBOURS, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) an ox of a man who doesn’t mind winning the arm-wrestle against people / aliens (think WEIRD SCIENCE and you’ve just about got it) and then sticking their head on a scorching brander, just a bit of fools play in his eyes.

Looking on from the bar is The Kid (Munroe Chambers of DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, GODSEND), a lone teenager who has mapped out where is safe and where is not in this brutal wasteland of a world. Everything is precious to him, and when we see where he is living you can see that the comic book, fun times of the 80’s mean most.

Also in the bar is the ruler of the decimated Wasteland, Zeus (Michael Ironside of TOTAL RECALL, X-MEN FIRST CLASS). Zeus has real control of the water, which means more than money. He gets into an argument with Frederic which results in Zeus kidnapping Frederic’s brother, starting a chain of events that will result in an eventual downfall for one of them.

While out scavenging, he comes across Apple (Laurence Leboeuf of THE SECRET, DRAGONS 3D) an energetic fun loving humanoid robot who’s power supply is shown in Super Mario Hearts. Apple is intrigued by everything he does, touches and where he goes, they soon become friends and are back at his place looking through all his 80’s memorabilia.

The story of TURBO KID really kicks into gear when Zeus and Frederick clash over his brother and the restrictions on Water, this resulting in The Kid and Apple being dragged in to the inevitable war for Wasteland Freedom or Supremacy. The Kid falls in to a hole escaping a sword / blade fight and happens to land in the space ship of the real Turbo Rider (he has comics about this Super Hero). All his equipment is still there, even his arm blaster which he takes for himself to start the brutal body exploding fightback against Zeus.

As a whole TURBO KID is very watchable, but possibly due to the length or even the script, you don’t get to engage with the characters that much. The gore side of things is good, but just because you can have a half chopped off torso gushing blood for 10 seconds, does not make you a great horror / slasher movie. If you get a spare afternoon and this falls on your lap, then it’s definitely have a watch, even if it’s just for the fun element.

3 out of 5 stars

TURBO KID made its Northern Premiere at GrimmFest 2015 on 2 October 2015.

Turbo Kid – Official Trailer