Turbo Kid is a post-apocalyptic pastiche written and directed by a troika of Canadian filmmakers - Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell - which follows the adventures of The Kid (Munro Chambers), a comic book obsessed scavenger who is forced to become the hero he has read about when wasteland despot Zeus (Michael Ironside) comes gunning for The Kid and his companion/love-interest Apple (Laurence Leboeuf). Turbo Kid debuted earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival and lays claim to an until now undisputed tract of post-apocalyptic soil, lying somewhere between Mad Max and BMX Bandits.
The crowd-pleasing tale of post-apocalypse meets teenage ennui has just been given a new trailer and an official release date, hitting theaters and VOD on August 28. The trailer shows a film which looks to have all the hallmarks of a cult classic: quirky humor, outrageous costuming and buckets of gore. Turbo Kid's release seems fortuitously timed to arrive hot on the wheels of Mad Max: Fury Road - a film which left many hungry for more dystopian visions of the future.
The film spun out of T is for Turbo, a 2011 short from Simard and the Whissells that starred a different cast in the main roles. The trailer and release date gives genre fans who are excited to see the film a short wait and a great appetizer for the main release.
The full-length trailer does a good job of setting the tone of the film, showcasing some of the over-the-top gore and whimsical teenage romance we've heard about from those lucky enough to see it at Sundance and subsequent festivals. Initial reviews for the film have been mostly positive with many critics praising the film's sweet-natured take on the collapse of civilization. John DeFore at THR called the film "an endearingly sincere romp through '80s popcorn-flick tropes."
The qualities that made Turbo Kid so appealing to audiences at Sundance are sure to resonate with fans of other cult classics like The Evil Dead and Mad Max. The film's quirkiness and tongue-in-cheek pastiche of its inspirations - namely the iconic leather-clad Road Warrior - and its kiddie-action contrasted with over-the-top gore looks set to deliver a new road-map for the well-worn path to the end of days.
For those with a weak stomach the violence and blood may be a bit much, but if you're someone who enjoys post-apocalyptic settings with gory action sequences and quirky teenage romance as a counterpoint, Turbo Kid may be just the ticket.
Turbo Kid will be available on VOD and in U.S. theaters on August 28, 2015.