Twitch: ‘Turbo’ Overview

Imagine yourself playing a fighting video game so real, you swear your actually there in the thick of the action.  This likely futuristic concept set the backdrop for the sci-fi short film Turbo by director Jarrett Lee Conaway where cyber athletics duke it out in a total immersive gaming competition.  Its sort of like my misspent youth at the local arcade pumping Street Fighter 2 full of quarters and trying to school the hotshot gamers there but minus the glossy rockstar atmosphere.  Could this be the next evolutionary step of interactive gaming?

TURBO is a high-adrenaline short film in the tradition of The Karate Kid and Tron.  It tells the story of Hugo Park (Justin Chon, Twilight) a misspent youth whose only outlet for angst is a 4D fighting video game called “Super Turbo Arena”.  When Pharaoh King (Jocko Sims, Crash the Series), the Michael Jordan of cybersports, announces a tournament to determine who will join his pro team, Hugo’s sets his eyes on the prize.  But Hugo isn’t the only gamer who wants fame and glory.  If Hugo wants to win he’s going to have to beat Shamus (David Lehre, Epic Movie), the all time Turbo champ at the local Pandemonium arcade, and Ruse Kapri, a feisty prep girl that knows how to win.  Realizing he can’t win on his skill alone, Hugo turns to his brother Tobias, a former kickboxer whose last match left him confined to a wheelchair.  Together the two will mend old wounds and see if a washed up street fighter can teach a troubled teen how to become a virtual gladiator!

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