This is some holy-shit-crazy-level stuff. Somewhere between what Watchmen did to Charlton comics and Frank Miller’s Goddamn Batman is this take on Power Rangers from Torque director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar (who also did that excellent Venom/Man Bites Dog short). In a Blade Runner-esque future, Katee Sackhoff plays an adult Kimberly, held prisoner by Rocky (James Van Der Beek) who has switched allegiances and had the rest of the team murdered…all except Tommy, for whom he is laying a trap. Bulk and Skull are meth-heads, Zack hawks exercise tapes and bangs hookers, Jason was briefly married to Kim – it’s full of swearing, nudity, and bloody head-shot kills. [Yeah, I know it’s not technically “rated” – but it’d be R]
I don’t know that anyone actually wanted grim and gritty Power Rangers – but if you did, this is probably as well done as it will ever get.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist