With New York City in the criminal clutches of the villainous Shredder, four unlikely vigilantes rise from their sewer lair to take back the city.
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Noel Fisher, Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Shalhoub, Jeremy Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Danny Woodburn, Minae Noji, Tohoru Masamune, Abby Elliott
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80005628
As a kid I was a massive fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I even remember the time that they were changed to be called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles to sound less aggressive! I even liked the movies that were released in the 90s, so when I saw they were making yet another screen adaptation I was pretty sceptical. After all, these rarely end up being any good.
When I sat down to watch the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did the turtles look good, they sounded as I remembered too! In the original films, the Turtles were guys in suits, in the 2014 version it’s all computer generated. I think it actually looks better than any sort of rubbery suit they could have come up with. I know they used motion capture technology and I think it helps the viewer believe they are actually watching six-foot tall turtles run around New York.
Enough of my special effects critique, let’s get down to the film. The story goes like this: April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is a reporter sick of doing puff news pieces and is always looking for some gritty breaking story. When she discovers that there seems to be a group of vigilantes helping the innocent people of New York City, she stumbles across our favourite amphibians.
We are introduced to Eric Sachs (William Fichtner), an old friend of April’s, but all is not good with him. He plans on releasing a virus across the city and to be the one and only person to hold the cure.
When Splinter is told that The Turtles have been discovered by April, Splinter demands they bring April down to the sewers and this is where the origin story is played out. This is my only real negative with this movie. They deviate pretty drastically from the origins I remember from my childhood. The story they tell, doesn’t really make any sense to me and I can’t think of a reason why they felt the need to change it. If you can get past this, then you’ll be just fine.
The story of the movie itself isn’t going to win any awards, the action is basically taken from The Transformers franchise (Not surprising to know they have a common connection in Michael Bay). The acting of the human characters is pretty dodgy and sadly it’s clear Megan Fox was possibly hired soley for aesthetic reasons and not because of her acting qualities. The voices of The Turtles are OK and over all I liked what they did with our heroes in a half shell even if, again, some of the things they have changed don’t make sense (have they always been bullet proof?!)
If you can get past the changes and you are a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then I think you will enjoy this movie. It’s fun, action packed and it’s great seeing our favourite sewer-dwelling friends come into the modern-day and (spoilers-kinda) kick some Shredder butt.
Sit back, order some pizza and watch the latest serving of turtle power that Netflix UK has to offer – you won’t be disappointed.*
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