On one spectrum lies Mad Max: Fury Road, a very realistic (albeit exaggerated) take on the dystopian/wasteland film (that its predecessor, Mad Max, practically established back in 1979). On the other end lies Turbo Kid, a dystopian/wasteland film that wears its influences on its sleeve while still holding itself up alongside the litany of films it found inspiration from.
Needless to say, Turbo Kid was my favorite film out of SXSW this year, and for a good reason. While countless other films have gone the ’80s aesthetic route (Kung Fury being a recent notable film) that borderlines gimmicky, Turbo Kid is able to not only have fun with its tone, but also has a darker side that doesn’t feel out of context.
With an official trailer finally released, larger audiences can catch a glimpse at what makes Turbo Kid so fun. Directors Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, collectively known as RKSS, strike the right balance between homage and original. If watching the trailer piqued your interest for more Turbo Kid, I highly recommend checking out our video interview with RKSS for more insight.
Turbo Kid will be hitting theaters on August 28th.