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New footage review for Jonathan Liebesman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

07.16.2014by:

Collider recently got a chance to preview a few scenes from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and while their footage is light on spoilers, they have plenty to say about the tone of the film.

TMNT producer Andrew Form introduced the footage, and said “The movie comes out three weeks from Thursday. We’re still working like crazy right now to get it done." He then went on to provide some background on the first portion of footage, an eight-minute chunk that will appear towards the start of the film.

It’s 2014, it’s New York City, there’s a lot of crime in the city and Shredder, the leader of the Foot Clan, they are responsible for all the crime. The movie opens, Megan Fox who plays April O’Neil, she is investigating a crime that has happened at the docks at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and you think she’s this, you know, journalist and then you see the trail who is her cameraman and he yells at her and says, ‘April, we’ve gotta go.  We’ve gotta get to work!’ And then you cut and you realize that April O’Neil is a lifestyle reporter who wants to be a journalist.

She is covering a gala that we shot – you guys are all from New York so we can say our locations, at Cipriani’s – and Eric Sachs who’s played by William Fichtner is giving this big speech, and Eric Sachs and April O’Neil’s father worked together 15 years ago. This is the scene right after the speech Eric Sachs has given that really inspires April to really try and work harder at her reporting because she just doesn’t want to do the lifestyle stuff. She really wants to be a journalist.

The second scene that was shown was the subway fight from the trailer, and Collider says what stood out the most was the humor and the details on the turtles. They also had high praise for Noel Fisher's Michelangelo.

Noel Fisher, in particular, is priceless as Michelangelo. The way he moves, his facial expressions and the intonation of his dialogue makes his material remarkably natural and truly laugh-out-loud worthy.

Some people thought the "show chase scene" (that's what Andrew Form is calling it) from the trailer looked a little silly and it was hard to figure out exactly what was going on, but Collider says it makes more sense when watching the whole scene.

There is a lot going on in this sequence, but it’s actually really easy to keep track of everyone because the turtles are so strong on an individual level. In addition to different posture, shell sizes and accessories, the turtles also have very different attitudes and those attitudes are impressively well woven into all the combat. And the same goes for the humor here as well. The laughs aren’t relegated to quieter, talk-driven moments.  This is a full-blown race down a mountain yet the turtles are constantly dishing out zingers, and that’s a big part of the reason the material is fun to watch.

So maybe TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES won't be nearly as bad as many expect it to be, but I'm still not completely sold on Jonathan Liebesman's new movie. I am a little bit more optimistic about the project after reading Collider's footage review, however I can't shake the feeling the film is going to disappoint a lot of Turtle fans.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES will be in theaters on August 8, 2014.

Source: Collider

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5:42PM on 07/17/2014

Grew up on TMNT...

... and I'm digging this new movie version. I dig that the turtles have scale. Leonardo looks like a bad-ass, the rest of the gang look and sound cool. The nostrils took some getting used to but I guess they need some nostrils to breathe. I had some minor quibbles on essentially silly things so I got over it.

I'm digging "Shredder" (the original films costume design for Shredder was horrible), and I'm assuming they're setting up the real Shredder (And Casey Jones?) for a sequel?. Megan Fox
... and I'm digging this new movie version. I dig that the turtles have scale. Leonardo looks like a bad-ass, the rest of the gang look and sound cool. The nostrils took some getting used to but I guess they need some nostrils to breathe. I had some minor quibbles on essentially silly things so I got over it.

I'm digging "Shredder" (the original films costume design for Shredder was horrible), and I'm assuming they're setting up the real Shredder (And Casey Jones?) for a sequel?. Megan Fox isn't the most convincing actress but neither was Judith Hoag. Didn't bug me back then (sure as hell not as much as that horrible Shredder costume) doesn't bug me now, cause Fox is at least easy to look at and I'm watching this movie to see Turtles doing Ninja shit and eating pizza.

Seriously. That Shredder costume. Did I mention it?

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4:37PM on 07/16/2014
The only thing that can convince me that this is going to be good is an overwhelming opinion from reviewers. If I see an 80% rating on RT or above, then I'll consider it. But so far, this is coming across much the same way that the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street did. A lot of hype for a mediocre movie.
The only thing that can convince me that this is going to be good is an overwhelming opinion from reviewers. If I see an 80% rating on RT or above, then I'll consider it. But so far, this is coming across much the same way that the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street did. A lot of hype for a mediocre movie.
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11:55AM on 07/16/2014
The turtles have lips. And noses. And Michael Bay. And Megan Fox.

Just saying.
The turtles have lips. And noses. And Michael Bay. And Megan Fox.

Just saying.
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9:07PM on 07/16/2014
and a chin..you forgot they have chins.
and a chin..you forgot they have chins.
11:13AM on 07/16/2014
I think it will be a fun movie, but that won't be enough for other ppl.
I think it will be a fun movie, but that won't be enough for other ppl.
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10:38AM on 07/16/2014
I'm going to imagine Ellie Kemper as April. That's the only way I can watch this movie.
I'm going to imagine Ellie Kemper as April. That's the only way I can watch this movie.
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10:35AM on 07/16/2014

Sounds AWESOME!

From the way this sounds, the movie has really got the attitude of the Turtles right! They have listened to the input of the turtles creators and the fans... This is great to hear, I can't wait to see this movie!
From the way this sounds, the movie has really got the attitude of the Turtles right! They have listened to the input of the turtles creators and the fans... This is great to hear, I can't wait to see this movie!
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9:47AM on 07/16/2014
The movie looks terrible. Too much CGI and the design of the turtles and shredder has not really been inspiring.
The movie looks terrible. Too much CGI and the design of the turtles and shredder has not really been inspiring.
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11:32AM on 07/16/2014
not nearly half the CG as Guardians of the Galaxy and your jackin ur dick off to that hardcore!!! hypocrite much? just say it doesn't interest you instead of contradicting yourself.
not nearly half the CG as Guardians of the Galaxy and your jackin ur dick off to that hardcore!!! hypocrite much? just say it doesn't interest you instead of contradicting yourself.
1:09PM on 07/16/2014
such a cunt. the cgi looks terrible, coming from a fan of the green lantern movie!

just a cunt.
such a cunt. the cgi looks terrible, coming from a fan of the green lantern movie!

just a cunt.
3:28PM on 07/16/2014
i guess its bash the_soloist day
i guess its bash the_soloist day
3:57PM on 07/16/2014
Well, Guardians has a studio behind it that gives people a reason to think that its going to be at least pretty good. TMNT on the other hand seems to have no one working on it that inspires confidence, and the designs on the characters have looked horrendous.

And I don't know if the site has been messed with, but besides the comments and votes problems recently, how has this soloist hater posted without a username? Go back to your bridge, troll.
Well, Guardians has a studio behind it that gives people a reason to think that its going to be at least pretty good. TMNT on the other hand seems to have no one working on it that inspires confidence, and the designs on the characters have looked horrendous.

And I don't know if the site has been messed with, but besides the comments and votes problems recently, how has this soloist hater posted without a username? Go back to your bridge, troll.
4:27PM on 07/16/2014
It's not bashing soloist, it's pointing out the same typical BS he puts up here on a daily basis. Look back at multiple movie articles. He puts the same BS on every bit of news here. He doesn't like the TMNT reboot, we get it, then why does he keep posting on every TMNT news feed put on this site? Furthermore, why is his statement usually in the same context "This movie sucks, CGI Turtles is terrible, I hate anything associated w/michael bay, the casting is awful". It's repetitive and
It's not bashing soloist, it's pointing out the same typical BS he puts up here on a daily basis. Look back at multiple movie articles. He puts the same BS on every bit of news here. He doesn't like the TMNT reboot, we get it, then why does he keep posting on every TMNT news feed put on this site? Furthermore, why is his statement usually in the same context "This movie sucks, CGI Turtles is terrible, I hate anything associated w/michael bay, the casting is awful". It's repetitive and pointless. Much like the majority of his and everyone else's opinions on this site.


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so the film looks terrible, so what? Can you not enjoy something that looks so bad it's good? The original TMNT films are in by no way masterpieces, however they're still met w/ praise from the fans. The new film doesn't look like it's going to be based on the dramatic comic series but on the 80s/90s tongue in cheek cartoon. what's wrong with accepting this?

It's ninja turtles, not Nolan's batman movies get over yourself. This movie is probably going to turn out just like your awful Green Lantern photo. A laughably bad movie on a pre-existing franchise. It'll be another action packed popcorn movie (WHICH IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE IT'S FUCKING NINJA TURTLES) and if you can't see that, then I feel sorry for you.
5:23PM on 07/16/2014
but he is not wrong the turtle movie does look like shit
but he is not wrong the turtle movie does look like shit
5:51PM on 07/16/2014
i justhate cuns
i justhate cuns
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