Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows should crawl back into its shell
Director: Dave Green
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry
Synopsis: As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.
The creative minds at Warner Bros and Disney, please never have Michael Bay involved in any of your superhero films, because this man is singlehandedly ruining the Transformers. And now even more so the Ninja Turtles. The problem is that Bay is involved with properties that are well-known and are poised for “success” due to the name alone. Michael Bay is back, as are the Ninja Turtles. And when the best thing about your movie is Megan Fox’s acting, then you know your film is in trouble. TMNT 2 is wrongly titled Out of the Shadows because this is movie should have never been made. I didn’t like the first Ninja Turtles film at all, but after seeing the sequel, the first one was much better and wasn’t filled with nearly as much nonsense.
The overly-large Turtles ( Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello) come into conflict with scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), who they find out is, of course, working for the returning Shredder (Brain Tee). The film feels the need to add Bebop and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, respectively), Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), and even Krang (Brad Garrett).
Let’s start with the only positive for this film and that is the performance of Megan Fox. Megan Fox does more in this movie than any of the turtles, and one thing that still bothers me is how just like Transformers, she never seems to get dirty no matter what blows up around her. The movie added characters for no reason. Casey Jones was not needed in this film at all; it’s evident that Stephen Amell is doing Oliver Queenish things as Jones. Two villains that were not necessary and didn’t need to be added were Bebop and Rocksteady. The point being is that there were too many unnecessary characters.
The Goliath turtles fight more among themselves than with any of the villains, and when they do engage in combat, they are a victim of atrocious CGI. I hated this film and hoped that it ends right here, but chances are it will still continue because kids love this new take on the turtles.
The 3D was pointless, and I really cannot recommend this movie to anyone unless you have kids. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has jumped into my number one slot as worst movie of the year so congrats to Bay and director Dave Green for such an achievement.