Turkey Shoot has dramatically changed between 1983 and 2014. Crucially, what has happened is that the prison and dystopian future angles of the original have been jettisoned. There is still the human bloodsports theme but now the other three prisoners who took part in the hunt alongside the hero of the original have been written out. The major new element that comes in is that this is all part of a reality tv show. In other words, what we have is now Turkey Shoot rewritten as a copy of The Hunger Games (2012) although the theme of a single unarmed man pursued by hunters who manages to become a public hero by subverting the system reminds far more of The Running Man (1987). That said, even though the new Turkey Shoot sets out to be a Hunger Games copy, this is largely abandoned after the 45 minute point and the film tangents off into a plot about a military frame-up and political double-dealings where the hunted man Dominic Purcell escapes into the outside world in an effort to clear his name an aspect that doesnt even remotely resemble the original.
The original Turkey Shoot was considered one of the worst Australian films ever made; the remake has the distinction of being even worse than that. Jon Hewitt delivers utterly generic action scenes that come without any excitement. The original at least crafted a quasi-credible future; this doesnt even seem to be making the effort in any department. The film still takes place in the future some sixteen years from now but where very little appears to have changed people wear contemporary clothing and drive modern cars. Indeed, the only difference is a few socio-political references along the tv screen news ticker. The island location of the original has been cheaply substituted for shootouts staged around a docklands area and an empty warehouse. The new plot comes with a socio-political/media world naivete that verges on the laughable by the machinations of its happy wrap-up end resolution.
Turkey Shoot 2014 is directed by Jon Hewitt who has delivered a modest output of mostly genre films over the last decade with the likes of Bloodlust (1992), Redball (1999), Darklovestory (2006), Acolytes (2008) and X (2011). He co-writes the film with his frequent collaborator, wife Belinda McCrory, an actress who also plays the role of the corporate suit in charge of the tv show.