Director: Luke Covert
Writers: Samantha Oty, Luke Covert, Matthew Kiskis
Stars: Brooke Maroon, James Andrew O’Connor, Jordyn Denning
Turbo Cola 2022 takes audiences into one of the most chaotic, exciting and, for some, terrifying moments in history. When the calendar was ready to move into the 21st century, there was talk of prophecies, resetting credit scores, and the Y2K bug. Caught up in all the craziness that was the end of the millennium was the fact that some people were just trying to figure out what to do with their lives.
Austin Morris (Nicholas Stoesser) has decided to give up the biggest party of the year to work overtime at Quality Mart. His plan is to rob the ATM with his friend Swearsky (Jared Spears) and run away to New York with the girl of his dreams (Jordyn Denning). It sounds pretty simple.
Although time is an artificial construct, in many ways we base our entire existence around it. Organize our lives to meet strict schedules. As we neared the end of the 20th century, fears were growing about the possibility of a “millennium bug.” The dark predictions of ancient religious texts preached pessimism. 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 is not unusual, but he is giving up the biggest party of the year, to celebrate the end of the millennium, to be here. He though he has a plan. To escape from this dead end town and make a new life for yourself. Together with his stoner friend Swearsky (Jared Spears), he plans to rob the ATM. Him 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 a captivating and hilarious comedy-drama. Like Clerks, Luke Covert’s indie uses the store as a living, breathing character. All the action revolves around him, bringing his beating heart to him. While Luke Covert’s movie is certainly a bit rough around the edges, this lack of fluidity in some of the dialogue works in his favor. Turbo Cola is attractive and friendly. Conjure up a specific snapshot in time and have a lot of fun with it.
Turbo Cola uses charming characters and an engaging story to capture a unique period in time. Director Luke Covert (who was also one of the film’s writers) transports the audience back to the late 1990s. The music, fashion, and mannerisms are sometimes painful reminders of the era.
Of course, nostalgia can only take work for so long. An over-reliance on what people loved in the past ends up being boring and frustrating. Turbo Cola may be set in the late 20th century, but it’s a story anyone can appreciate. The cast does a great job of conveying the feeling of hope and frustration that everyone experiences as they head into adulthood.