If you’re jonesing for a bit more post-apocalyptic wasteland in the wake of Mad Max: Fury Road, and you don’t mind a healthy dose of indie quirkiness, this could certainly fit the bill.
Dubbed Turbo Kid, the indie sci-fi flick was a buzzy hit at the Sundance Film Festival and looks like nothing we’ve ever really seen before, Mad Max comparisons aside. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic retro-future (circa 1997) and follows a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books who must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl.
The aesthetic is certainly Max-inspired, but this movie looks to have a ton of (very weird) heart. Think Mega Man meets Mad Max meets something like Juno. Seriously, it looks insane (in a good way). Early reviews have been largely positive, though most make a point to note this flick is very strange. Just, yeah. Shut up and take my money.
As /Film notes, the cast includes Munro Chambers as the kid hero at the heart of the tale, who sets out on his BMX bike to rescue his lady friend, played by Laurence Leboeuf, after she’s kidnapped by an evil warlord played by Michael Ironside. The first trailer does an excellent job of establishing the world and shows off a good bit of the practical effects (mostly over-the-top gory deaths).
Check it out below and let us know what you think:
The film comes from Ant Timpson (The ABCs of Death 1 & 2, Housebound) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun).
Turbo Kid is set for a limited theatrical opening and VOD release on Aug. 28.