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Sundance Film Review: ‘Turbo Kid’

30 January 2015 12:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A fun satirical flashback to 1980s “Mad Max” knockoffs and more juvenile post-apocalyptic adventures like “Prayer of the Roller Boys,” “Turbo Kid” reps the first feature (after numerous shorts) from Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissel, the Quebec trio known as Rkss (Road Kill Super Stars). Surprisingly sweet-natured even amid its frequent fountains of bloodshed, the pic could provide more consistent high energy and bigger laughs, but should be much sought after by fantasy fest and midnight programmers. Offshore theatrical prospects for this Canada/New Zealand co-production will be spottier, ancillary sales niche but active.

After myriad wars and environmental catastrophes render the Earth barely habitable in the distant future of 1997 (design contributions labor to suggest the pic itself dates from the mid-’80s), our orphaned teenage protagonist known only as the Kid (“Degrassi” star Munro Chambers) has raised himself in the Wasteland zone. He collects kitsch memorabilia of »

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