Not rated | Time: 1:30
“Turbo Kid” pays satirical tribute to the original “Mad Max” and its various 1980s post-apocalyptic knockoffs. In a 1997 wasteland, a teenager (“Degrassi” star Munro Chambers) is trying to avoid an eye-patched villain (Michael Ironside) and befriends a pink-haired girl (Laurence Lebeouf).
It’s created by Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, the Quebec trio known as RKSS (Road Kill Super Stars). Critics are pleased, with reservations:
▪ Dennis Harvey, Variety: “The action sequences are not particularly vigorously staged, getting by mostly on the running gag of over-the-top blood geysers gushing like Old Faithful whenever anyone suffers harm. … Still, there’s a good-naturedness to the whole enterprise that makes it pleasing despite its lack of truly inspired moments.”
▪ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter: “A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations, the picture is silly fun to warm the hearts of aging fanboys and delight hipsters who weren’t yet born the first time Mel Gibson donned Max’s leathers.”
(At Alamo Drafthouse.)
| Sharon Hoffmann