Turbo Kid is a Canadian action horror film. But it’s so so much more. This gem is written and directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, and Michael Ironside. It’s about a kid in the post apocalyptic wasteland and how he survives. It’s Mad Max meets BMX Bandits. I’ve been waiting for this movie for a while now, it’s finally here!
The good; this film knows what it is and embraces it whole-heartedly. This is the future, the year 1997, it’s a world where the main mode of transportation is your bike, gangs of weapon wielding thugs pedal terror through the populace… what’s not to love?!? The violence is everything you’d expect from a movie being set in a post apocalyptic world where human life doesn’t carry the same currency that it once did. Everything just works in this fun homage/pastiche to an era of cinema that’s long dead.
Munro Chambers plays The Kid perfectly. The Kid is one part Conan, one part Man With No Name, one part Mad Max, one part BMX Bandit coupled with a side of Elliot from E.T., there are a lot of parts here, but the combination is baked to perfection. Add this overly optimistic Kid into the mix of a barren wasteland and he should be dead, but we as the audience want to see him triumph.
The score! The music is amazing. Jean-Philippe Bernier and Jean-Nicolas Leupi do a fantastic job setting the movie in a specific era yet giving it the range of emotions that a score is supposed to do. I can’t say enough about the score.
I could go on and on about all the things I liked about this masterpiece, but that would ruin the movie for you.
The bad; it ended. I didn’t want this film to stop. As soon as those credits came up I wanted to watch it all over again.
Overall, this is the best film that you’ll never watch. I was lucky enough to find it playing in a theatre. Movies like this are no longer made, making Turbo Kid seem like a love letter to the 80s era of movie making, as soon as I got a whiff of Turbo Kid earlier this year I knew I had to see it when it got released. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint, from the opening salvo of production logos, to one that states that they have the best “Laser discs” I knew I was in for a treat. And Michael Ironside really gives this film some gravitas.
If you watch this film and don’t like it, I don’t know how we can be friends (or remain friends).
Here’s the original short film;
Here’s a trailer;