For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I chose a movie that had gained a lot of buzz in the underground world and horror magazines. The name of the film was Turbo Kid and it was directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film stars Munro Chambers (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as a kid in a post apocalyptic wasteland in 1997. Everyone in this world has to fend for themselves and the kid is essentially a scavenger just trying to make it by. His life gets complicated when he run into a very eccentric girl named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf). Together the two will be hunted by a very aggressive overlord named Zeus (Michael Ironside) so they’ll have to ride their BMX bikes and stick together in order to survive. The film also stars Edwin Wright (Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) as Skeletron, Aaron Jeffery (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Frederick, Romano Orzari (Punisher: War Zone) as Bagu, Anouk Whissell as The Mother, Tyler Hall (RoboCop) as bounty hunter, Orphée Ladouceur as female guard, and Yves Corbeil Afterglow) as Turbo General. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
Before I get into how awesome the movie was, let’s review the stats. The Kid who then becomes dubbed The Turbo Kid has abut 15 kills/knockouts in the film. The Turbo Kid has an Origin story and as you’ll see in the film it will fuel him to keep going later on. He has a love interest and it’s very unconventional, but it’s a post apocalyptic city so we’ll give him a break on that one. His family is completely murdered and his love interest repeatedly gets hurt so I think it’s safe to say that there is a yes for that category and the big boss is defeated, but the reveal is the best part. If you were into 80’s action movies or films like Hobo With A Shotgun then you should love this film. It takes what was great about the 80’s as far as the colors, tones, outfits, music, and it throws it in with some outrageous special effects. The kill scenes are over the top in this film, but that is exactly what I love about these films. The idea was cool as well, bu it’s so funny to see all these vehicles that are stranded on the road, but everyone rides BMX bikes. So think of this film as Mad Max meets Hobo With A Shotgun meets BMX Bandits. That is the best way that I can describe this film for all of you. Check it out right now on Netflix as we speak. I am giving the film four fists out of five for a final grade.