The story is formulaic but this doesn’t constitute a flaw and in fact contributes to the theme of 80s sci fi/action flicks which underscores the film’s basic premise, essentially you have a main antagonist, Zeus vs two protagonists. The humour, production values, characterisation and inventiveness save it from being boring. Given the low budget it’s quite amazing that the directors, François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell managed to produce something that holds so well together, although I did notice that one of the torso props is re-used, However, taken into consideration with the film’s sense of cheesy aplomb, this isn’t necessarily a flaw.
The cg in the movie is also remarkably effective in encompassing the vibrant, multicoloured aesthetic one might associate with 80s films. Laurence LeBoeuf puts in an exemplary performance as Apple, conveying an endearing wide-eyed sweetness and quirkiness that really made me root for her. Michael Ironside also gave a solid, humourous performance as Zeus while Aaron Jeffrey managed to pull off an Indy/post apocalyptic cowboy impression as Frederic.
The film isn’t a horror film per se though it has elements of it in terms of the gore. I think this and the numerous references to 80s action flicks, toys and electronic games are aimed at a specific niche audience, probably people in their late 20s to 40s. Where the film succeeds is in successfully combining the apocalypse setting with a melancholic nostalgia. For better or worse the location is symbolic of the aftermath of a cultural epoch, the world has moved on and we have people like the Kid scavenging for novelty items, memorabilia etc amongst the detritus. At the same time the setting harks back to those wastelands and alien worlds presented in 80s films within the sci fi genre, I can’t name any off the top of my head except for Mad Max.
There is a strong sense of fun in Turbokid which is evident in its humour, action sequences and characters. Le Matos also provides a highly atmospheric , glistening soundtrack replete with Vangelis-esque synths which in its most notable moments combines a perfect mixture of nostalgia, yearning and sadness. This film was so good that I would like to see a Turbo Kid trilogy and they should also bring Apple back as she was a stand out character.