Those five teen-age superheroes from the top-rated kids TV show get more powers and turbo-powered cars in movie No. 2.
"Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" takes them to the rescue of Lerigot, a wise and gentle wizard, kidnapped by space pirate Divatox (Hilary Shepard Turner) to get a key that will free Maligore. Divatox plans to marry Maligore and rule the Earth.
Mixing bits from old shows like "Buck Rogers" with "Alien," "Indiana Jones," "Godzilla" and a little "Baywatch," "Turbo" is pretty silly stuff. But it entranced pre-teen youngsters at a preview screening.
There are half a dozen holes in the plot, characters aren't very clearly defined , and Divatox is a grating villainess, but the Power Rangers have such a following you could pit them against the pet dog and the kids would be content.
Though one sequence might be a little scary for younger children, "Turbo" should keep them happy, even if parents will be gritting their teeth through it all.
'Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie'
Directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy
Starring Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank and Catherine Sutherland
Released by 20th Century Fox
Rated PG (violence)
Sun score **
Pub Date: 3/28/97