Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
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One of the most extraordinary films you will see this year. Take that as you want.
Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
I was the original eighties kid who grew up on the Teenage Mutant Ninja (or 'Hero' as it was here in the UK) Turtles cartoon. Then the inevitable live action film was released in 1990 and, despite how bad it really was, I loved it. I stress again - I was a kid. 'Out of the Shadows' is the second instalment of the modern generation of Turtles films and I remember the outcry from us fanboys when the first one was released. Okay, so we had a point about the possibility of the turtles being evolved from aliens, but, overall, it was just how it wasn't representative of what we remembered. And we collectively hated it.Yeah, it was no masterpiece and there were definitely things in it I'd like to have seen, but didn't. But it wasn't terrible. And, bearing that in mind, I decided to watch its follow-up. And, unbelievably, I'm actually quite glad I did. No, I didn't love it - it wasn't really the Turtles that I remembered from my childhood, but suddenly I could see kids today absolutely loving it. In twenty or thirty years' time I can see them arguing with their own children about how whatever new 'update' to the franchise doesn't compare to Megan Fox's portrayal of April O'Neil. And they'll be right. And so will their kids.I could bang on about how there was too much CGI, or that the Turtles themselves looked hideous and scary compared to their loveable cartoon incarnations. Plus the film felt like just another addition to Michael Bay's ever-growing list of blockbusters with more explosions than narrative structure. Then there were the complete gaps in logic where you have to suspend your disbelief in order to get past the fact that, in this post 9/11 world, it's quite feasible to break into a New York police station as long as you have a baseball cap and a toolbox (and I guess looking like Megan Fox helps). Yes, it's fair to say that 'Out of the Shadows' is ripe for ripping apart. And yet it was actually still quite fun.I do hate the overuse of computer effects, but, if you're making a live action story about six foot turtles interacting with humans, what else are you supposed to do? Maybe it was because the cartoon was just so, er, cartoonish, that I enjoyed seeing a mutant pig and rhino - almost literally - butting heads with our pizza-loving heroes, plus there was Krang. And, if you don't know he's a kind of pink living brain who lives in the stomach of a robot in another dimension. He was a true joy to watch. My major criticism of him was that he wasn't in it for long enough and had to share stage with (the more obvious baddie) Shredder, who - again - had very little time to develop his character and only popped up here and there to look moody and evil.After watching the first (recent - 2014) incarnation of the turtles, I can only really remember an end battle on a rooftop. Whereas with 'Out of the Shadows' I can actually recall quite a lot of detail regarding the plot. Okay, so there wasn't much of a plot. Maybe I should state that I can remember quite a lot about the action sequences and pretty visuals, plus the banter between the four turtles was amusing enough to keep me entertained. And this is pure entertainment. Don't expect anything else. Just appreciate that boys today will probably love this film in the same way we loved the cartoon back in the late eighties (and we didn't even have Megan Fox at the helm!). I may even watch this one again one day. And it's definitely better than any of the recent Michael Bay 'Transformers' movies!
Hated the first reboot movie it was a complete mess & totally Crap. OUT OF THE SHADOWS was EXCELLENT!!! a throw back fun filled adventure for fans who grew up with the animated series & the old 90s movies like me. The turtles look AWESOME i REALLY like the new look of each character all look great & gritty & real, splinter looks amazing i just don't like his voice as he should be Japanese!!! But anyway the BRILLIANT turtle van shows up & it's BEAUTIFUL just mind blowing!!! Beebop & Rocksteady show up & look AMAZING!!! CASEY JONES is abit of a let down ACTUALLY a big let down but was ok & grew on me by the end of the movie & KRAANG!!! OMG he was PERFECT & GROSS & SLIMEY. This is almost a perfect TMNT MOVIE!!! The action is big blockbuster action & all the fx are outstanding & has lots of fun & humorous scenes,THIS wipes the floor with the crap first 2014 film!!! This is a modern kick ass TMNT movie for old school fans i love it
Say what you want about Michael bay ruining our 80s childhoods, he nailed it with this true to form nostalgia packed turtles movie. It's about as prefect as a ninja turtles movie can be. Enjoy
Once again people are hating this movie even more than the first and I can't figure out what people really want in a TMNT movie. This movie was freaking awesome! Other than Megan Fox, who has no right playing April, this movie was great. Don't let all the haters or harsh critics stop you from watching it yourself. People will disagree with me entirely but I could care less.