Movie Review : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Turtles have been a phenomena since the 1980’s either as comics, cartoon series or movies. It should come as no surprise that someone, somewhere decided to rehash the turtle franchise. I mean, its perfect timing. The original 80’s turtle fans are now grown ups with kids of their own. The second wave turtle fans are in their late teens and early 20’s and can have their very first taste of a rehash of their childhood favourites.

Timing is everything …..

The movie opens with news stories of city-wide crime sprees attributed to the notorious Footclan, a gang that nobody has ever seen in action. Pan to a major crime being committed at the dockyards and luckier still, it is witnessed by a local TV news reporter April O’Neil (Fox).

April is a TV fluff reporter who wants to be taken seriously and this is why she is following up leads on the Footclan. She reports what she witnessed at the docks to her boss Bernadette (Goldberg) but without proof, nobody cares. During one of her ‘investigations’, she stumbles onto the Turtles. Again no proof so nobody cares.

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The Turtles …. Donatello the geeky one, Raphael the muscle guy, Michelangelo the funny one and Leonardo the ummm, the fourth one …. are mutants dumped in a sewer years ago and raised by a giant rat Splinter. I’m sure if you are reading this, you know how the Turtles came into being. If not, the movie retells the whole story.

If you are hoping for a re-worked/updated version of the cute cartoony turtles of yesteryear, you will be disappointed. These turtle are a bit darker. No surprise there as so many remakes seem to have this ‘let’s go darker’ attitude. A sign of the times or a lack of vision? I’m not going to debate it…. not now anyway.

TMNT is okay. Much like April’s career,it’s a piece of mindless fluff….enjoyable but alas easily forgettable. Lots of action and little character development but I didnt expect much else. To be honest, I was expecting to be summarily unimpressed by this movie but it was okay. It’s school holidays soon so the kids will love it.

Love Flick xx

Director :  Jonathan Liebesman

Starring :   Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, Tohoru Masamune, Whoopi Goldberg, Minae Noji, AbbyElliott

Running Time :  101 minutes

Release Date :  11 September 2014

 

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