Turkey Shoot (MIFF 2014)

At a key point in this new remake of 1982’s Turkey Shoot, our stalwart hero asserts that he’s not going to kill the villain, as ‘It’s not about revenge anymore.’ Intrigued, his blonde companion asks: ‘Then what is it about?’
His earnest reply?
‘I don’t know’.

It’s moments like this that make it almost comforting to know that the characters are even less sure of tone and motivation than the audience is. For Turkey Shoot tries to be many things: an exploitation film, a cutting satire of reality TV and an achingly serious action film. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really achieve any of these. Perhaps trying to pin down just one style would have been a good start. Continue reading →