Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

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Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
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The Power Is Back!
Genre: Superhero
Directed By: Shuki Levy, David Winning
Written By: Shuki Levy, & Shell Danielson

Haim Saban (based upon "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" created by) & Shuki Levy (based upon "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" created by)
Shôtarô Ishinomori (original creator: "Super Sentai") (uncredited) & Saburo Yatsude (original creator: "Super Sentai") (uncredited)

Starring: Steve Cardenas
Jason David Frank
Johnny Yong Bosch
Catherine Sutherland
Nakia Burrise
Blake Foster
Hilary Shepard
Photography: Color
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 28, 1997
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is a 1997 superhero film and is a follow up to the television series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as well as the 1995 film. The film stars Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Hilary Shepard, Amy Jo Johnson and Blake Foster.

Plot

After getting special superpowers called Turbo powers, the Power Rangers fight a space pirate named Divatox.

Why It Sucks

  1. Like the first film, the acting is really campy.
  2. Thin dialogue.
  3. Extremely off-balance humor.
  4. The villains in this film are arguably even weaker than the ones in both the first film and TV series.
  5. There are tons of scenes that drag on, arguably even more than the ones from the previous film.
  6. The Rangers spend most of the movie unmorphed.
  7. Many of the plot points from Power Rangers Zeo were dropped.
  8. Jason and Kimberly's appearances were wasted.
  9. Justin becoming the Blue Ranger was somewhat pointless.
    • Very awkwardly, when he morphs into his Ranger form he's just as tall as the other Rangers. This occurrence continues into the series (to match up with the Sentai footage).
  10. The way Rocky injures himself was very unrealistic.
  11. There is no explanation for what happened to the Zeo powers. There is a 3 hour cut that contains the Zeo powers being damaged in a fight, leading to Billy Craston creating the new Turbo morphers and zords. However, due to David Yost (Billy's actor) leaving the show, the scenes were not used. The cut is yet to be released.
  12. It had one scene which was a little too... disturbing, in the scene where Jason and Kimberly are being dragged by Divatox they tied a rope somewhere on Jason's private area

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Unlike the first movie, this one is in canon to the TV series.
  2. The Megazord formation sequence is completely original from its Sentai counterpart.
  3. The fight sequences were well done.
  4. The special effects are decent.
  5. The scene where Divatox tries to get advice from Rita on how to deal with the Power Rangers is pretty funny.

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Reception

The film received primarily negative reviews from critics, audiences and fans. Turbo currently holds a 15% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critic consensus reads "No no, Power Rangers." Film critic Peter Stack of The San Francisco Chronicle described the film as "It's cheesy-looking and convoluted and has as much character as a bus tire." While film critic Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times stated in his review "Turbo is a solid follow-up to the entertaining 1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

Box Office

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie grossed $9,615,840 against its $8 million budget. In the U.S., the film made $8,363,899.

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