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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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09.28.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Dave Green

Actors:
Megan Fox
Will Arnett
Laura Linney
Stephen Amell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman to create Bebop and Rocksteady, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must step out of the shadows and confront their old nemesis, as well as some new enemies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The first Ninja Turtles movie was met with a pretty lukewarm reception, and while I do remember watching it on Netflix, it didn't leave much of an impact. It was just kind of...there. The sequel, Out of the Shadows, is an improvement. A marginal improvement, but still a step in the right direction and worth your time. Lemme tell ya why.

I grew up on the classic cartoon and am not afraid to admit that I rocked various Ninja Turtle PJs and ate out of Ninja Turtle cereal bowls (that my mother still has) when I was a little Wist. I don't quite hold the Ninja Turtles in the same regard, but I do have fond memories of that show that was full of camp and fun. Out of the Shadows is the film that resembles that show the best. That may be a good or bad thing, depending on what you want in your TMNT movie.

The Turtles themselves have a little more going for them this time around, with Leo and Raph butting heads more than ever and Mike and Don caught in the crossfire. Classic villains like Bebop and Rocksteady really helped to hit the nostalgia factor hard, and Stephen Amell makes for a commendable Casey Jones. Suffice it to say that most of the characters here ring true of what you'd want and expect.

Megan Fox still doesn't make for a very engaging April O'Neal, but I don't think that's going to shock anyone. The story itself is also pretty basic as we watch the Turtles try and stop Shredder's shenanigans and wonder how the villains manage to get anything done. The action is serviceable, although sometimes it gets a little tiresome as it's all just CGI smashing into other CGI shit. Still, if you check our brain at the door and keep your expectations leveled, this movie is a decent one-and-done popcorn experience.
THE EXTRAS
We Are Family (8:15): This featurette covers the overall arc regarding the turtles, and shows us the the men who play them.

Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse (14:19): Much like the previous feature, this one covers the villains of the film.

House Party (6:18): This extra takes a look at the Turtles' lair, of which you can actually see some really cool design choices (like a fridge filled with nothing but Orange Crush).

It's Tricky: Inside the Van (4:08): Like the previous feature, this one looks at the van the Turtles ride around in. Again, props to the set designer as there is some great attention to detail here. Really cool to check out.

ILM - The Effects Beneath the Shell (3:04): This is the most ho hum of the features as it just shows us what we already know - a quick play-by-play of what's CG, which is everything you'd expect it.

Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs! (3:02): Here's a feature I wish was in more Marvel or Star Wars Blu-rays, as the filmmakers point out all the Easter eggs they've buried in the film. I think TMNT fans will really get a kick out of some of these if they didn't notice them while watching the movie.

Deleted Scenes (5:00): Three deleted scenes that add nothing to the film and even re-use some of the same gags. Nothing special here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a cheesy (pizza) film, deliberately so, and worthy of a watch. The extras are surprisingly fun and show off a lot of the details that I wish were a little more prevalent in the film. Absolutely worth a rental if you tolerated the first film on any level and are willing to warm up to seconds.
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11:15PM on 09/28/2016
I was ok with the first one, it wasn't great, but when I heard Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady and Casey Jones were being brought in I figured I'd give it a shot. It was surprisingly good, Amell did a decent job but the character was written very toned down. Arnett was wasted and fox was nice to look at but that was it, but the action and effects really elevated this above other summer crap like Independence Day 2 and Ghostbusters
I was ok with the first one, it wasn't great, but when I heard Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady and Casey Jones were being brought in I figured I'd give it a shot. It was surprisingly good, Amell did a decent job but the character was written very toned down. Arnett was wasted and fox was nice to look at but that was it, but the action and effects really elevated this above other summer crap like Independence Day 2 and Ghostbusters
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1:27PM on 09/28/2016

some thouhts on this movie

- Bebop and Rocksteady were the best part. - The set pieces (jungle, flying pieces of technodrome, etc.) played out like classic levels in a TMNT videogame, which i liked - Glad Leonardo wasn't just brooding and had his toolbag/leader personality in this one - Megan Fox did as well as I'd expect Megan Fox to do - Stephen Amell was a disappointment - thought it was fine as a kids movie, unless i'm underestimating the intelligence of kids (probably)
- Bebop and Rocksteady were the best part. - The set pieces (jungle, flying pieces of technodrome, etc.) played out like classic levels in a TMNT videogame, which i liked - Glad Leonardo wasn't just brooding and had his toolbag/leader personality in this one - Megan Fox did as well as I'd expect Megan Fox to do - Stephen Amell was a disappointment - thought it was fine as a kids movie, unless i'm underestimating the intelligence of kids (probably)
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