Turbo Kid

2015 80's flashback

Rating: 14/20

Plot: In the post-apocalyptic world of 1997, the titular superhero battles a tyrannical bald man.

70's Grindhouse had its chance to be recycled, and I guess it's 80's low-budget post-apocalyptic trash's turn. I'd highly recommend this to anybody nostalgic for that sort of thing. Sure, the humor is often a little dumb, and I'm not sure the romantic subplot with the main character and a robot isn't forced, but there's lots of fun to be had here. And if you like blood, this has fake blood galore. Body parts fly all over the place, a character uses a stick with a gnome on it as a weapon, and there's a great scene featuring intestines and a stationary bike that contains the movie's funniest line--"Do you know how long it took to set this up?" Well, I guess you'd have to be there.

There's also more bike action than BMX Bandits, and trust me, that's a lot of bike action.

Like a lot of post-Star Wars movies, this appears to have been made with the action figures in mind first before any story came together. Michael Ironside chews up the wasteland as the main baddie, and his right-hand man--the iron-skulled fellow up on the poster--has the right mix of intimidation and crazy. The heroes and heroine might not be as interesting actually, but that's probably right in line with most 80's movies, too.

Definitely worth checking out for Mad Max fans who don't mind the tongue-in-cheek approach.

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