Turbo Kid François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Published Jul 29, 2015Turbo Kid follows a lonely, scavenging young man (Degrassi star Munro Chambers) fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic Canadian wasteland that is short on water, as he makes his living trading a mishmash of '80s-style tchotchkes and junk and keeps himself entertained by collecting tattered back issues of his favourite comic book, Turbo Kid. After making friends with a plucky, Technicolor sidekick named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) and losing her in a brawl with a gang of merciless henchmen and their leader, he stumbles upon a long-lost pod containing the corpse of his favourite superhero, strips it of its helmet and weapons, and sets out to become the hero his planet needs.
It's light on story, with most of its meaty scenes focusing on the blossoming friendship between the kid and Apple, but what it lacks at times in dialogue and narrative, Turbo Kid makes up for two-fold with its attention to aesthetics. From its grey-coloured landscape to the neon accents that make each of its protagonists pop when they're on screen, Turbo Kid is a totally engrossing feature that will ultimately leave as much of a mark on viewers' minds as the '80s flicks that inform the film.