Turbo Kid

Turbo Kid

(Via Turbo Kid.)

Turbo Kid is Mad Max, Power Rangers, eighties morning cartoons, and a little bit of The Last Starfighter thrown in for good measure—the product of which would be a standard fare post-apocalyptic exercise were it not for an amazingly retrotastic soundtrack and liberal use of oh-so-meaty practical effects. Munro Chambers is charming enough as The Kid, a lonely teenager scavenging the wasteland for bubble gum and comic books; Laurence Leboeuf is terrifyingly comical as Apple, a wandering stranger with major fangirl tendencies; Michael Ironside is his usual antagonistic self as Zeus, self-appointed overlord of the badlands of 1997. But it’s the meat and the music that give Turbo Kid its superpowers. Gallons of fake blood and latex makeup over ho-hum digital effects. Up-tempo retro beats over wannabe John Williams or the usual no-hope electronica fare. This is the beginning of the new oldschool. In the words of Michael Ironside, “Let the juicing begin.”