Growing up as a kid I was always a huge Ninja Turtles fan. I watched the cartoons, I played with the toys, and watched the films. I even remember owning a Nintendo NES console and the 1st game I ever played was Ninja Turtles! I’m currently 33 years old: the 1st Ninja Turtles film came to theatres when I was in Grade 3…
And now Michael Bay returns to produce this live-action sequel. I, while watching this film, feel Michel Bay is really trying to please fans, particular in regards to many Ninja Turtle characters that have been missing from the previous films.
Our four Turtle heroes start the movie roaming the city from rooftop to rooftop, watching a basketball game from above- hidden in the shadows as people enjoy the freedom they once fought for. The Turtles wish they could just be among the people; have a normal life instead of being hidden outcasts.
Along with this ‘Turtle issue’, the evil villain Shredder is being transported to another high-level prison. Shredder is guarded by two officers one who is named Casey Jones (who is really quite serious instead of the funny wise guy we grew up with)
Along with Shredder in chains, we also have two other criminals known as Bebop and Rocksteady. With the help of a scientist known as Baxter, could there be an escape attempt? I mean, Shredder is transported with only TWO police officers! At one point one of them try to shoot a shotgun only to discover the gun is empty. Ahh! Painful Script Writing Dude!
Can the Turtles stop Shredder from escaping?
There are some really great things for the Turtles fans in this film but I’m sorry to say there are so some strange things for the Turtles fans, such as…
The film’s plot is very rushed. Shredder is introduced to another villain at the start of the movie (one character well known from the cartoons) who explains his evil plans. Shredder just nods and agrees to everything with very little questioning as to who he is and why certain things are happening… If you’re not a Turtle fan, these type of scenes may not make any sense to you.
Michael Bay also does some very classic Michael Bay things. I mean it’s hard to watch this film and not think about his previous work in the Transformers films: robot fights, random babes (Megan Fox is still a bad actress), fast cars and sometimes really bad jokes that gain little laughs from the cinema crowd.
If you love Ninja Turtles this film is a must to watch. While the film is not epic, there is enough here for fans to enjoy as they journey down memory lane watching their favourite villains finally appear and of course there are one or two outstanding action sequences. The major disappoint is the film’s plot and while many obstacles appear throughout the film, they just feel like there never really dealt with or 100% resolved- more like the film simply skips over them hoping the audience will forget.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden