Film Review: Turbo Cola

Despite time being an artificial construct, in many ways, we base our entire existence around it. Organising our lives to adhere to strict schedules. As we approached the end of the twentieth century, fears mounted about the possibility of a ‘Millennium bug”. Obscure predictions from ancient religious texts preached doom and gloom. As the clock ticked down to midnight, it felt a bit like the end of the world. This is the backdrop for Turbo Cola.

Austin Morris (Nicholas Stoesser) is working overtime at the Quality Mart tonight. This isn’t unusual, but he’s forgoing the biggest party of the year, to celebrate the end of the Millennium, to be here. He has a plan though. To escape this dead-end town and make a new life for himself. Along with his stoner friend Swearsky (Jared Spears), he plans on robbing the ATM. Using the money to move to New York to start a new life with the girl of his dreams (Jordyn Denning).

Turbo Cola takes us back to the late 1990s to create an engaging and amusing comedy drama. Much like Clerks, Luke Covert’s indie uses the store as a living breathing character. All the action revolves around it, providing its beating heart. While Luke Covert’s film is admittedly a little rough around the edges, this lack of fluidity in some of the dialogue works in its favour. Turbo Cola is engaging and likeable. Conjuring up a specific snapshot in time and having a lot of fun with it.

Turbo Cola is out on digital platforms in the US on 14 June.

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