Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie | Chicago Reader

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

I'm not sure why the villainess has such prominent cleavage in this fantasy-action adventure about five teenage Good Samaritans (three boys and two girls) who are also superheroes. After one of the boys is injured training for a martial-arts competition, the other Power Rangers are sent by a giant head to rescue a benign wizard who's being exploited by the villainess to help her become more evil. When a giant robot fights a giant monster it could be a scene from an old monster movie, but we've just seen several smart cars driven by the Power Rangers metamorphose into the robot—without leaving their seats, the teen drivers have ended up inside the robot's head coordinating its moves. For all the elaborate gadgetry, these superheroes exhaust their strength and accessories against an enemy before resorting to the next level of technology at their disposal. This kind of economy informs the whole movie, the second about this TV team. One of its most exciting vicarious thrills comes when a little kid gets to drive a car. With minimalist and universal fantasies as their points of departure, the superheroic deeds evolve only incrementally beyond the realistic—a deeply satisfying process. Executive producer Shuki Levy, who wrote the script with Shell Danielson, directs with David Winning.


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