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Turbo Kid (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 28 August 2015 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Munro Chambers ... The Kid
Laurence Leboeuf ... Apple
Michael Ironside ... Zeus
Edwin Wright ... Skeletron
Aaron Jeffery ... Frederick
Romano Orzari ... Bagu
Orphée Ladouceur-Nguyen ... Female Guard (as Orphée Ladouceur)
Steeve Léonard Steeve Léonard ... Scout
Yves Corbeil ... Turbo General
Evan Manoukian Evan Manoukian ... The Kid 7 Years Old
Anouk Whissell ... The Mother
François Simard ... The Father
Tyler Hall ... Bounty Hunter
Martin Paquette Martin Paquette ... Giant Warrior
Pierre Sigouin Pierre Sigouin ... Frederick's Brother
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In a post-apocalyptic future, THE KID, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE. Despite their efforts to keep to themselves, ZEUS, the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland, plagues THE KID and APPLE. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, THE KID learns of justice and friendship and embarks on an incredible journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams.

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The apocalypse has left the future in a permanent nuclear winter. The year is 1997. See more »


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Canada | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,000, 30 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,000, 30 August 2015
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2.35 : 1
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When Apple offers to teach Turbo Kid how to fight she quotes the mantra "Strike first. Strike hard. Show no mercy." This is the credo of the Cobra Kai from The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

Goofs

When Apple uses the View Master on her fourth click of the lever the photo wheel does not turn (look at the hole on the top, it does not move where it has before). See more »

Quotes

Apple: Feel the wrath of Mr. Gnome! Do you feel it? The wrath of Mr. Gnome!
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References Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

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No Tomorrow
Performed by Le Matos
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Skeletron "FTW"
7 November 2015 | by thisseatofmarsSee all my reviews

"Turbo Kid" is a post-apocolypic comedy that I've seen described as "Mad Max meets BMX." I don't know if I'd agree that, however. "Turbo Kid" feels a lot more like its own thing. "Mad Max" is set in the Wasteland, and the latest MM film had a multi-million dollar budget. "Turbo Kid," in contrast, was Canadian funded (ouch) and is set in Canada (in November, it looks like) and everyone rides bicycles.

Yeah.

I like this movie: in fact, I watched a lot of it with a smile on my face. It's almost a perfect movie, except for one thing: Apple and "The Kid" have too many "moments" together. You know, "moments?" Too many times when they lock eyes, stare for a moment, and then both smile slowly-- gah. Also, a lot of their dialogue is a bit too awkward for my tastes, but tastes are as arbitrary as... film reviews (teehee.)

However, "moments" aside, a lot of this movie is just great. Apart from its fight scenes, which are both glorious and hilarious, a lot of "Turbo Kid's" charm stems from its celebration of the 80's and 90's. Everything from its kicking soundtrack, Commander Keen (and flannel!) costumes, and even its title is a retro sendup. Seriously: there's a campfire scene where they're using VHS tapes instead of logs. Brill!

Michael Ironside is also great. I only knew him as Sam Fisher, a henchman from "Total Recall," and the dude rockin' the awesome mullet in "Highlander 2," but after "Turbo Kid" I've learned that Ironside is a treasure-- and he's funny in this. Laurence Leboeuf deserves a shoutout too, even though she's essentially playing the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" stereotype. However, she deserves credit because she takes what could be extremely awkward material ("moments") and just runs with it. And the I like that she doesn't cover up her Quebecois accent.

Actually, you know what? *Everyone* is great in this-- Skeletron, your wild eyes rocks my socks, and Frederic, you're hilarious because your super-intense character lampoons Mel Gibson. A lot heart went into "Turbo Kid." That's what makes it a loving parody.

Maybe in 30 years we'll see 2010 kids make a movie lampooning reality TV, social media, and dumb phrases like "FTW" and "be awesome." Or maybe by then we'll have moved on from "meta" culture--I don't know. But "Turbo Kid" is a both brilliant parody and a loving tribute to 80's and 90's pop culture, and it has a lot of heart.

Definitely worth watching.


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