I bought into the hype and rented Turbo Kid off of Vimeo instead of trucking down to the local theater to watch it on opening night. There is definitely something to be said about watching a new release in the comfort of your own home. In some small way, I felt like I was experiencing the future of “going to the movies.”
Making Turbo Kid instantly accessible through Vimeo was the right move in my opinion because of the target demographic. Thirty-something males, like myself, who grew up during the 80s that enjoy remembering the good ‘old days but don’t have time to make it to the theaters can just hit a button from home and reminisce.
For the most part, Turbo Kid feels like a movie that could have easily been made in the 1980s. It’s a mashing of themes from cartoons, movies, and video games that had sense of “that’s cool” with “ok, now I’m creeped out.” Just watch Genesis’ music video for Land of Confusion and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Not only did the movie look and feel like a 1980s movie but also the electronic soundtrack was spot on 80s goodness, much like the theme song for the Transformers cartoon. If it’s available, I will definitely be downloading the soundtrack to this movie.
I was pleasantly surprised by the acting of Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid) and Laurence Leboeuf (Apple), two unknown actors to me. These two had exceptional chemistry and really invested themselves into their roles. I can’t give these two enough praise.
My only critique is that this movie didn’t have a solid identity and I think that’s what hurt it. The majority of the movie was very Steven Spielberg like (think ET, Goonies), but then there would be moments very Quentin Tarantino like with blood and guts flying everywhere. The amount of hardcore as well as humorous horror in this movie didn’t jive with the overall tone of the movie. I think with some clever editing and some off camera horror occurring, the movie would have been more in line with its overall tone. This is definitely not an all-ages movie.
Would I watch this movie again? Probably not, once was enough. However, movies like this give me hope that we are moving in the right direction. Hopefully soon we will get a movie that is able to encompass all that was awesome in the 1980s. Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Turbo Kid 7 out of 10 Power Gloves.