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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
06.02.2016
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2016 action Adventure Brad Garrett Brian Tee comedy comic book Dave Green Family Gary Williams Megan Fox Stephen Amell Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Tyler Perry Will Arnett William Fichtner

PLOT: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back! And so is their deadly enemy Shredder, who has escaped from custody and is ready to literally destroy the world with a powerful new weapon. With the help of a few familiar faces - as well as fan favorite Casey Jones - Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael are ready for a brand new adventure.

REVIEW: When Platinum Dunes and director Jonathan Liebesman first brought us a new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, it was a better ride than I initially expected. While many fans had issues with the lack of certain fan favorites, the return of the Turtles pleased enough of them to warrant a second film. With TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS - directed by Dave Green - we do get more of the same, yet it it may just be enough of an improvement to really excite audiences once again. With the return of Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson) and Michaelangelo (Noel Fisher) we are also given a few characters that many felt were necessary in the TMNT universe. And yes, that means Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) and Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and the biggest treat, an introduction to Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). So how does this seqeul to the pizza loving mutant turtles stack up? Read on.

After the capture of the world's most dangerous villain, Shredder (Brian Tee), things seem to be under control. Of course, after the vicious badguy manages to escape with the help of his Foot Clan, we find that there are dastardly deeds in the work that will destroy the world. Thankfully, with the help of the always reliable April O'Neil (Megan Fox), the boys are soon back in action. Although this time, they have some real help in the form of Casey Jones, a cop who has a penchant for hockey. Things only get worse for the brothers when they discover a serum that can turn men into monsters - notably Bebop and Rocksteady - but it can also possibly turn giant turtles into humans. None it it will matter however if the creepy looking beast of bad dude called Krang (Brad Garrett) gets his way. With a bit of a time warp and tons of action, it is up to the turtles and their pals to save the world once again.

One of the things that worked in the first film was the turtles themselves. They are energetic and adventurous and for the most part quite a bit of fun to watch. The second they appear on-screen in OUT OF THE SHADOWS, they are jumping off tall buildings and risking their lives, only to watch a basketball game high above inside the Jumbotron. While I certainly wouldn't call any of the characters deep, the effects are very impressive and they look pretty damn intimidating. I wouldn't want to run into these dudes in a dark alley. And while their master/father/mentor, a giant rat named Splinter (Peter Donald Badalamenti II and Tony Shalhoub), is stil in the mix he really isn't given a whole lot to do. Even still, I enjoyed the commraderie with the brothers and the voice actors manage to make the silly dialogue work well enough. Hey, they are teenagers so they can afford to be a bit goofy.

As far as the human factor, Megan Fox is back and she seems to still be having a good time with all the craziness. As well, Will Arnett returns as Vernon Fenwick, ready to wisecrack his way through the action. When it comes to Bebop and Rocksteady, both Farrelly and Williams chew the scenery until there is nothing left but they sure are enjoying the hell out of it. Sure they end up closer to the characters you are familiar with, but we get to see them pre-mutation and it worked. It was an interesting idea placing both Laura Linney and Tyler Perry into the madness, although they do seem strangely out of place in this bizarro world. In fact, once Linney shows up playing the tough as nails Chief Vincent, there were a few unintentionally funny bits. However, it's always good to see the actress take on something a little unique and this certainly qualifies.

The biggest thrill here when it comes to on-screen talent in television's Arrow, Stephen Amell as Casey. The actor fits right in and it is hard to deny that he adds extreme charisma to the role. Much like Elias Koteas did in the 1990 big screen version, Amell is terrific here. He brings a level of cockiness and energy to the role and he nearly steals every scene that he appears in. Casting both he and Fox together was a smart move that pays off quite nicely. Frankly I'm not familar with Arrow, but I can honestly say that the actor has serious movie star quality. It also didn't hurt that the script has a bit of fun with the character adding a couple of references to another hockey mask wearing icon - gotta love the FRIDAY THE 13th nods.

Much like the last film my main issue would be the ridiculously obvious script by André Nemec and Josh Applebaum. There is little logic to what is happening on-screen, but let's be fair, this is a story about four gigantic mutant ninja turtles who love pizza. Yet the final act is all over the place and it feels a bit like so many other superhero flicks that came before it. I was half expecting THE AVENGERS to join in the fight. It also didn't help that Shredder is sort of a bland villain in the recent big screen adaptations, however, that wacky Krang is more than a little ugly and odd with more personality. Even still, this is about ninja turtles fighting evildoers so don't go in expecting brilliant dialogue and incredible character arcs.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is a fine sequel and it helps that the action is mostly exciting to watch. The effects are solid and this is especially true with the CG characters at the forefront. The real treat here for fans may just be the return of Casey Jones. Amell is especially charismatic and he gives Fox something to work with. I truly enjoyed the two together. This is the type of flick TMNT fans will definitely entertain in thanks to the humor and the huge action set pieces that mostly work. Hell, that opening scene pulls the viewer in immediately and only lets up occasionally - I could do without some of the moments of doubt where the turtles questions their loyalty. Thankfully the focus is on the fun, and OUT OF THE SHADOWS will certainly please a whole lot of turtle fans out there.

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9:17PM on 06/05/2016
The first movie was truly awful, and not even in a 'so bad it's good' way. I went into this second movie with very low expectations, but ended up loving every minute of it. Sure, some bits were ridiculous, the villains were silly and the film's "science" was nonsensical... but it was no less stupid than what the old cartoon used to do. And that's what this movie really was. It was a mostly-modernized live-action version of the old cartoon. If you're looking for something serious for adults,
The first movie was truly awful, and not even in a 'so bad it's good' way. I went into this second movie with very low expectations, but ended up loving every minute of it. Sure, some bits were ridiculous, the villains were silly and the film's "science" was nonsensical... but it was no less stupid than what the old cartoon used to do. And that's what this movie really was. It was a mostly-modernized live-action version of the old cartoon. If you're looking for something serious for adults, grounded in realism, you're going to have a bad time. But if you were a fan of the cartoon (and have watched it somewhat recently, as opposed to having vague 20 year old memories), you might actually enjoy this movie. I know I certainly did.
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12:04PM on 06/03/2016
I really enjoyed it. I liked the first one, but this one is better. But in the first movie the turtles fight more, hand to hand combat against ninjas. Now is more like a Fast & Furious or M:I kind of action, more stunts, chases, and less fight. Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang are cool, and I liked Arnet's character, is funnier now. Amell is ok, but didn't do much. And I never had any problem with Megan Fox, so I liked her here (specially first 10 minutes lol). A really fun flick, better than half
I really enjoyed it. I liked the first one, but this one is better. But in the first movie the turtles fight more, hand to hand combat against ninjas. Now is more like a Fast & Furious or M:I kind of action, more stunts, chases, and less fight. Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang are cool, and I liked Arnet's character, is funnier now. Amell is ok, but didn't do much. And I never had any problem with Megan Fox, so I liked her here (specially first 10 minutes lol). A really fun flick, better than half of the MARVEL UNIVERSE movies. Sorry, but Id still don't get all the hype with MARVEL aside from 3 or 4 really great movies, the rest is not much better than this. 7/10.
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12:20AM on 06/03/2016
Looks terrible, just like the first movie.
Looks terrible, just like the first movie.
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6:46PM on 06/02/2016
I will admit this is better than the first film and it had it's entertaining moments, but overall, it was still pretty bad. Just because this is TMNT doesn't mean it can't have a good story, and the story here is terribly written. It's full of conveniences or outright logical leaps. The story progresses despite a lack of logic. The things I did like were the turtles themselves and the action. The turtles are well developed and have great chemistry together. They're a lot of fun to watch. The
I will admit this is better than the first film and it had it's entertaining moments, but overall, it was still pretty bad. Just because this is TMNT doesn't mean it can't have a good story, and the story here is terribly written. It's full of conveniences or outright logical leaps. The story progresses despite a lack of logic. The things I did like were the turtles themselves and the action. The turtles are well developed and have great chemistry together. They're a lot of fun to watch. The action is also pretty great and there seems to be a lot more of it. But everything else is pretty bad. None of the human supporting characters or villains were interesting or well developed.

I disagree about Amell, he was wasted here as Casey. Where Koteas gave us a tough as nails vigilante who stood WITH the turtles, Amell's Casey seems to be accidental. Everything he does as Casey kind of defies the character we know and love. He puts on the mask purely out of convenience as opposed to purpose. He doesn't seem like he's actually striving to be on equal footing with the turtles but rather is intimidated. And he himself is not the least bit intimidating. I laughed out loud at how terrible the foot soldiers were attempting to hold their own against him. These have to be the worst foot ever. I didn't believe for a moment that Casey could legitimately hold his own against the foot. The biggest problem, I think, is that they tried to make him too grounded. They tried to make him more realistic than he should have been. Casey isn't some cop who accidentally falls into the role of rogue cop, he's a vigilante with a purpose who is tough enough and skilled enough to fight side by side with the turtles.

7 seems really generous. I gave it a 5, saved only by the turtles themselves and the fun action. Otherwise, this is another dud.
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12:13PM on 06/02/2016
So Johnny Knoxville isn't back as the voice of Leonardo?? wonder why
So Johnny Knoxville isn't back as the voice of Leonardo?? wonder why
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12:08PM on 06/02/2016
I watched the first film, and then immediately went home to watch the original movie because it is much better. However, I didn't hate the last one...it had it's moments, but the action was a jumbled and blurry mess. I must admit, though, I was very excited when I saw the trailer for this film. Bringing in the staple bad guy characters from the old cartoon had me hooked! And...was that the Technodrome?! Hell Yeah!! I am all over this one, even if the last one was just mediocre!
I watched the first film, and then immediately went home to watch the original movie because it is much better. However, I didn't hate the last one...it had it's moments, but the action was a jumbled and blurry mess. I must admit, though, I was very excited when I saw the trailer for this film. Bringing in the staple bad guy characters from the old cartoon had me hooked! And...was that the Technodrome?! Hell Yeah!! I am all over this one, even if the last one was just mediocre!
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11:18AM on 06/02/2016
The review is so poorly written, from dozens of grammatical errors to just poor critiquing of the film (I think jimmyo's 12 year old wrote this...on a typewriter I guess) that it makes me think the film is closer to a 3, and I had a good time with the first one. But if you give the film a 7 and write the following line and let it slip through grammar check and your own revision ("The biggest thrill here when it comes to on-screen talent in television's Arrow, Stephen Amell as Casey."), I just
The review is so poorly written, from dozens of grammatical errors to just poor critiquing of the film (I think jimmyo's 12 year old wrote this...on a typewriter I guess) that it makes me think the film is closer to a 3, and I had a good time with the first one. But if you give the film a 7 and write the following line and let it slip through grammar check and your own revision ("The biggest thrill here when it comes to on-screen talent in television's Arrow, Stephen Amell as Casey."), I just can't trust that score when the review is so poorly written. Hopefully the film will be fun tho
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8:51AM on 06/02/2016

Nah

I hate when people say, "it's a movie about teenage mutant ninja turtles, so don't expect it to be great." The 1990 Turtles movie is great. It has solid dialogue, great jokes, compelling story arcs, good action (for its time), and a ton of heart. So it most certainly IS possible to make a great movie about turtles who love pizza. They just aren't doing it here.
I hate when people say, "it's a movie about teenage mutant ninja turtles, so don't expect it to be great." The 1990 Turtles movie is great. It has solid dialogue, great jokes, compelling story arcs, good action (for its time), and a ton of heart. So it most certainly IS possible to make a great movie about turtles who love pizza. They just aren't doing it here.
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8:40AM on 06/02/2016
My 5 year old and I will be there this weekend with huge ass grins on our faces. The first was entertaining as hell and this looks even better with a significant batch of baddies. It's summer people, relaxxx
My 5 year old and I will be there this weekend with huge ass grins on our faces. The first was entertaining as hell and this looks even better with a significant batch of baddies. It's summer people, relaxxx
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8:05AM on 06/02/2016
The previous film they just made s easily one of the worst of its kind. An awful film that almost made me walk out. I'm only seeing this because a friend really wants to go.The general consensus is that this film is better, but still not good. I highly doubt my rating will be anything close to 7/10.
The previous film they just made s easily one of the worst of its kind. An awful film that almost made me walk out. I'm only seeing this because a friend really wants to go.The general consensus is that this film is better, but still not good. I highly doubt my rating will be anything close to 7/10.
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7:57AM on 06/02/2016
I would rather just watch the original trilogy again instead of this new sequel. Just can't get over the abundance of the cgi they put in these films and the half ass writing; especially Michaelangelo's cringe worthy lines throughout and the storyline to the first film was a carbon copy of the first Amazing Spider Man movie.
I would rather just watch the original trilogy again instead of this new sequel. Just can't get over the abundance of the cgi they put in these films and the half ass writing; especially Michaelangelo's cringe worthy lines throughout and the storyline to the first film was a carbon copy of the first Amazing Spider Man movie.
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7:32AM on 06/02/2016
Yep. I liked it enough even though the climax feel less epic than it could have been. Story and dialogue is clearly aimed at a younger audience, but it's more straightforward and less pretentious than its predecessor. I guess the first two live action movies were classics, but this one is certainly far better than TMNT 3 and all subsequent TMNT movies.
Yep. I liked it enough even though the climax feel less epic than it could have been. Story and dialogue is clearly aimed at a younger audience, but it's more straightforward and less pretentious than its predecessor. I guess the first two live action movies were classics, but this one is certainly far better than TMNT 3 and all subsequent TMNT movies.
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6:13AM on 06/02/2016

Eh...

It sounds like Casey works, but it sounds like a lot of other things didn't and you just justified it with "It's about talking turtles that fight and eat pizza, so it's supposed to be kinda bad!" False. You could use that exact same logic about Toy Story or Batman or any number of other franchises. Yet, they manage to transcend (or at the very least tap the potential within) their premise, not use it as an excuse to be lazy.
It sounds like Casey works, but it sounds like a lot of other things didn't and you just justified it with "It's about talking turtles that fight and eat pizza, so it's supposed to be kinda bad!" False. You could use that exact same logic about Toy Story or Batman or any number of other franchises. Yet, they manage to transcend (or at the very least tap the potential within) their premise, not use it as an excuse to be lazy.
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4:41AM on 06/02/2016
Nah, you lost me in the first sentence of your review. The original is one of the most offensively dumb movies I've ever seen, and that's putting aside its wacky source material. The filmmakers chose to update the foot soldiers from ninjas to mercenaries because "guns are cooler and more dangerous" right? And then they make the turtles impervious to bullets, thus negating that whole threat. Then the climax of the movie has the Turtles (spoiler spoiler spoiler) falling off of a skyscraper in New
Nah, you lost me in the first sentence of your review. The original is one of the most offensively dumb movies I've ever seen, and that's putting aside its wacky source material. The filmmakers chose to update the foot soldiers from ninjas to mercenaries because "guns are cooler and more dangerous" right? And then they make the turtles impervious to bullets, thus negating that whole threat. Then the climax of the movie has the Turtles (spoiler spoiler spoiler) falling off of a skyscraper in New York, screaming on the entire fall down and then..simply landing on the ground on their feet. Seriously, watch it again, they fall off a skyscraper on some scaffolding, Raphael wax poetic about his love for the turtles, and then all four of them and HUMAN APRIL O'NEIL just..land on the ground.
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7:34AM on 06/02/2016
The Foot Clan are back to being ninjas in this sequel.
The Foot Clan are back to being ninjas in this sequel.
8:34AM on 06/02/2016
Are the Turtles still four cringe quipping mini-Hulks?
Are the Turtles still four cringe quipping mini-Hulks?
12:27PM on 06/02/2016
Isn't that how they have always been portrayed since the very first Ninja Turtles movie?
Isn't that how they have always been portrayed since the very first Ninja Turtles movie?
4:20AM on 06/02/2016
7/10 is fine by me. However, isn't that last picture (the one TMNT are in the elevator) from the 1st movie / remake?
7/10 is fine by me. However, isn't that last picture (the one TMNT are in the elevator) from the 1st movie / remake?
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2:20AM on 06/02/2016
Great review. I agree it was a solid 7/10. Very fun. It had the story telling logic, tone and feel of a late 80s/early 90s children's cartoon in live action, but I feel like that was kind of exactly the point which is why this movie worked for me. I however didn't particularly enjoy Amell's Casey Jones, he seemed really dumb for comedic purposes, but he still had likable qualities. So maybe this specific version of Jones just isn't for me.
Great review. I agree it was a solid 7/10. Very fun. It had the story telling logic, tone and feel of a late 80s/early 90s children's cartoon in live action, but I feel like that was kind of exactly the point which is why this movie worked for me. I however didn't particularly enjoy Amell's Casey Jones, he seemed really dumb for comedic purposes, but he still had likable qualities. So maybe this specific version of Jones just isn't for me.
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7:36AM on 06/02/2016
Yeah, Amell came off like Chris O'Donnell's Robin in his enthusiasm.
Yeah, Amell came off like Chris O'Donnell's Robin in his enthusiasm.
6:50PM on 06/02/2016
The problem in it emulating the cartoon is that it also carries all the stupidity of that cartoon. The first cartoon is probably the worst of all the animated series. If they really wanted to create a quality film franchise, they'd look to the source material instead.
The problem in it emulating the cartoon is that it also carries all the stupidity of that cartoon. The first cartoon is probably the worst of all the animated series. If they really wanted to create a quality film franchise, they'd look to the source material instead.
2:15AM on 06/02/2016
I love how the original first two Turtle movies are still better than these new ones.
I love how the original first two Turtle movies are still better than these new ones.
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2:23AM on 06/02/2016
The originals are definitely way better. I'd love to see a modern adaptation of the comics, but this movie is actually a really solid adaptation of the cartoon and I'll certainly take that for now.
The originals are definitely way better. I'd love to see a modern adaptation of the comics, but this movie is actually a really solid adaptation of the cartoon and I'll certainly take that for now.
7:37AM on 06/02/2016
It's still better than TMNT 3. That should count for something.
It's still better than TMNT 3. That should count for something.
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