I’m very much a genre hound when it comes to watching films. I don’t just watch them, I study them. And I devour all types of sub genres. But there is this one sub genre that can be hard to swallow for some. They’re not necessarily horror films but they pack in a lot of gore. And a lot of the time, the gore serves as the comic relief. Think in terms of exploitation films like “Street Trash” or more specifically the stuff Troma films output and you’ll get the idea. These are, for the most part, small independent films with tiny budgets that serve a small but ravenous audience.
And right now, in Canada, there seems to be an industry popping up in favor for these films. Has anyone seen “Hobo with a Shotgun”? It was on Netflix a while back. It’s a super violent, super bloody film that captures the spirit of 70s and 80s exploitation movies. Well, now on Netflix, there’s another bloody action flick that also hails from Canada, “Turbo Kid”.
It’s actually a very simple plot, not unlike most of those gory action films I noted. Munro Chambers plays The Kid who is basically a teenager riding through a post apocalyptic wasteland on a BMX bike scavenging for goods so he can later barter for water. Yes, in this post apocalyptic Quebec, water is scarce. Zues, a one eyed warlord has hoarded all the water and controls the wasteland. Did I mention that this future takes place in 1997? And that everyone rides on bicycles?
Anyhow, the big inciting incident happens when The Kid meets Apple, an overly happy and excited girl with bright blue eyes and a stark blond wig. The Kid roams the wastelands alone but when she appears, she throws his world upside down. Eventually he falls in love. But it’s this love that carries the story. All The Kid wants is her companionship and every time shes thrown into a quagmire, he has to come to the rescue. But it’s worth it.
Yes, the movie is super violent. Heads get chopped off in a multitude of creative and bloody ways. For example, Zues’ bodyguard is equipped with an electric saw blade for a hand, so you can imagine the kind of damage he creates. And all this leads to a bloody climax involving some inventive ways characters die. And I’m not giving anything away but watch for the umbrella scene at the end, it’s insane and yet romantic. That scene alone sums up the whole film.
If you’re into the old Peter Jackson films like “Dead Alive” (side note: Turbo Kid is also partly a New Zealand production) or the aforementioned “Street Trash”, give this movie a shot.