In 1995, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” earned mixed to negative reviews and made enough cash at the box office. One Year Later, “Power Rangers Zeo” continues the Power Rangers series with a total of 50 episodes doing the same schtick as usual. Working together, fighting a monster, pilot a giant robot, learn a moral lesson yada yada yada. Then, a second movie titled, “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” became a promotional tie-in to another entry known as “Power Rangers Turbo.” Probably a reason to sell toys. Because the series is notorious for selling countless merchandise.
Turbo: A Power Ranger Movie was released in 1997. (same year Boogie Nights came out) It was critically panned by critics and failed to make revenue at the box office. One Month Later, Power Rangers: Turbo aired on Fox Kids. Twenty Years Later, a film reboot produced by Lionsgate didn’t do quite well. Thus, pulling the plug on a sequel. in 2018, Hasbro bought the rights to the Power Rangers franchise. An upcoming film not tied to the 2017 reboot, is currently in development. As of July 2022, no Cast & Crew have been confirmed.
I don’t care if SPOILERS are listed. Turbo: A Power Ranger Movie is a steamy pile of elephant poop. Is it the worst movie in the Power Rangers franchise? Let’s find out, shall we?
Full & Empty Qualities
Full: Cast Members from the series such as Jason David Frank & Johnny Yong Bosch reprise their roles. They did a solid job for their respective performances.
Only cool moment is Tommy diving off a cliff to rescue Kat. It’s a darn same Jason David Frank could’ve gotten a movie career as an action star. Luckily, Johnny Yong Bosch has a successful career in anime. He provides the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki from “Bleach.”
Empty: Divatox and her henchman Elgar are annoying as fudge. I wanted The Rangers to disintegrate them. Unfortunately, they’re spared as an excuse for the follow up show.
An Opening Crawl is a blatant rip-off of “Star Wars.” Speaking of which, The Original Trilogy was re-released in 1997 to make wave for “The Phantom Menace.”
Action Sequences are poorly coordinated. Kirk’s fight with The Gorn from “Star Trek” is more realistic than this piece of crud!
The title of the movie is a knock-off of “A Spike Lee Joint.”
Divatox wears a ridiculous revealing outfit. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the main antagonist of the film and aforementioned show. She’s basically an over-the-top unfunny bimbo. Heck, she blows a raspberry like a six-year-old.
Visual Effects are painfully fake. Remember in the first movie Zordon’s head drastically improved with computer animation? This time he’s given a downgrade. It’s jarring Saban ignored the fact, they made a boatload of money from selling toys.
A Plot Hole involving why Lerigot didn’t use his magic to get away from various situations. He’s oblivious to his surroundings. He acts like a moron allowing Elgar to kidnap him.
A 2nd Plot Hole involving why didn’t Lerigot heal Rocky’s back after he unrealistically injured himself. Speaking of which, Rocky’s injury is poorly shot and edited.
A 3rd Plot Hole on the rangers didn’t teleport to the island where Divatox intends to wake up Maligore, rather than using a pirate ship. It’s like Goku not using his Instant Transmission traveling from Point A to Point B. Another jarring issue that bothers me is the rangers’ cars can drive underwater.
It takes approximately thirty-seven minutes for the rangers to suit up. In the words of Dante from “Clerks.” “Thirty-Seven!?”
An awesome moment is ruined when Kat is about to transform into a pink ranger, she lands on water. We never got a glimpse of a Zeo suit on the big screen.
When Justin transforms as the blue ranger, he’s the same height as his allies. I couldn’t take him seriously. Because his voice isn’t altered like Billy Batson in “Shazam” mode.
Bulk & Skull appear as Divatox’s prisoners. Unlike previous seasons and the first movie, they never serve a purpose. Even their comedy couldn’t save the sequel.
This is the last time we see Tommy & Kimberly together on-screen. Sadly, they never share a kiss. After everything they went through, we never got a chance to see them as a couple. What a cop out!
The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
Turbo: A Power Ranger Movie is arguably the worst installment of the Power Rangers film series and one of the worst films of 1997 alongside “Batman and Robin.” As of 2022, there’s only three films. The 2017 reboot is the closest thing to a good film. However, it’s a dud and a commercial failure like Turbo. Do me a favor and skip Turbo. If you wanna watch a superhero comedy with a better story and characters, watch James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” & Peacemaker’s first season on HBO Max. Don’t forget “The Boys” on Amazon Prime.
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