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Movie Review

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

Reviewed by: Patrick Sun

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
14 to Adult
90 min.

Starring: Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, Johnny Yong Bosch, Catherine Sutherland, Nakia Burrise, Blake Foster, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Hilary Shepard Turner / Director: David Winning

This “amazing” sequel to the original film was not as amazing as I had thought it would be.

“Turbo” opens by showing the Blue Ranger hurting his arm while practicing for an upcoming karate match for an orphanage. The basic story is this: while the Blue Ranger is in the hospital, one of the orphans learns of the true identity of the Power Rangers. Meanwhile, a little, weird looking wizard named Larigot lands on Earth, chased by the witch Divatox, the new evil character for this particular movie.

The Power Rangers are summoned by the almighty head of Zordon to rescue Larigot the wizard, for he cannot fare well under the Earth’s Sun. Larigot, as well, holds the key to unlocking a gateway to another dimension, the key that Divatox the witch is chasing him for. Divatox captures Larigot, after tricking the Power Rangers into releasing him because they believe that she is holding two of the old Power Rangers, Jason and Kimberly, for ransom. The Rangers are tricked! Divatox now has the key to the gateway, and immediately leaves the Earth. The Power Rangers, befuddled!

Zordon supplies new Zords (which faintly resemble a minivan, a sport utility vehicle, a sports car, a truck, and a jeep). But what can be done about the Blue Ranger’s broken arm? Nothing, yet. So the other 4 rangers take off in their newfangled cars and chase the evil Divatox. Surprisingly, the new Blue Ranger arrives, appearing to be none other than the 5 foot orphan that saw the true identity of the Power Rangers. With that, this team of five finally catches up with Divatox at the volcano, where Divatox’s supposed marriage to an evil villian is to take place.

The evil monster turns out to be a big lava thing. The small fight scene in the end shows non-other than the Power Rangers coming out on top. The final ending shows Larigot being rescued, and the reunion of the other two Power Rangers. The guy power rangers win the championship for the orphanage, and all couldn’t be better.

Personally, I would not recommend this movie. First of all, Divatox (the witch) wears rather, let’s just say, clothing that shows a whole lot of cleavage. And the Pink Power Ranger’s shorts are just too short all the time she isn’t morphed. There is no sex, nor profanity, and the violence is mild. The movie portrays a kid fighting evil on the side of the Rangers, which could broadcast the message that fighting solves everything.

All in all, the movie could have been a lot better, and I don’t recomment it at all. The special effects aren’t that great either.

Year of Release—1997

Viewer Comments

As a fan of the first film, I was disappointed by this. All the scenes involving the Rangers and their new vehicles were nice, but the cliched, meaningless villains were a bore.
—Michael C., age 15