Turbo: A Power Rangers Adventure

on March 28, 1997 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   It's not a sequel or a continuation of an episode of the #1-rated children's TV show. "Turbo" is just what its title says: "A Power Ranger Movie." The only linking factor is that it has all the Power Rangers: Green/Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch), Yellow/Tanya (Nakia Burrise), Red/Tommy (Jason David Frank), Pink/Katherine (Catherine Sutherland) and Blue/Rocky (Steve Cardenas) from the series.
   The new plotlines: The Rangers must win the prize money from an upcoming martial arts competition to save a shelter; Rocky hurts his back and one of the shelter's children, Justin (Blake Foster), takes his palace to become the new Blue Ranger; and, with the help of their new turbo cars, the Rangers have to save a hobbit-like creature from the evil Divatox (Hilary Shepard Turner), who needs his powers to release her fiance from a volcano prison.
   After a turbo-charged credit sequence, the film quickly downshifts audience enthusiasm. Perhaps parental complaints about violence are the cause, but this "Turbo" is an hour old before the rock-em sock-em begins. In its place are lots of rock music, fireworks-frill teleportations, a morphing scene and giant-headed aliens. An extra bonus, the TV series' new Gold Ranger/former Red Ranger Jason (Austin St. John) and the former Pink Ranger Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) make appearances, and the most exciting part of "Turbo" is when the seven Rangers are fighting at once.
   In the first film, the zords were shiny and had a liquid-metal look; this time, they're just wannabe turbo cars with no special weapons. A climactic Mega-Turbo Zord battle scene looks like excess footage from the small-screen show. This "Turbo" arrives running on empty. Starring Jason David Frank, Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Catherine Sutherland, Blake Foster and Hilary Shepard Turner. Directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy. Written by Shuki Levy and Shell Danielson. Produced by Jonathan Tzachor. A Fox release. Action. Rated PG for non-stop fantasy action violence. Running time: 100 min
Tags: Jason David Frank, Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Catherine Sutherland, Blake Foster and Hilary Shepard Turner. Directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy. Written by Shuki Levy and Shell Danielson. Produced by Jonathan Tzachor. A Fox release. Action, downshifts, volcano, prison, cars, music
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