Brought to us by film producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, comes a reboot/remake of the franchise created by the minds of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Ask any of my friends, as a fan of the 2000s series and of the first four theatrical films, I was hesitant. My brother-in-law, who is a TMNT fan, planned a movie day, but I was thinking, “Nah, it’s a waste of time. They’ll just ruin it. Why waste my money?” However, some friends had us over and we watched it. I was not disappointed.
Of course, the elite critics are, as usual, rushing to criticize it. That’s what they do best: criticize good films while praising terrible films (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes to mind).
Granted the story is nothing original. The story of the Ninja Turtles is told in comic books, films, tv series, and video games, so I’ll just give a general summary.
The four turtles are discovered fighting a ninja gang called The Foot Clan. They are photographed by news reporter April O’Neil (a miscast Megan Fox). She discovers a link to the Turtles and her deceased father and his friend Robert Sachs. Little does she know that she’s lead the Turtles and their mentor the genetically enhanced rat Master Splinter into a trap set by their arch-nemesis Shredder.
The film is one of the best series reboots I’ve ever seen. Yes, you can tell the Ninja Turtles are CGI. Grow up. It still looks freakin’ awesome when they do their ninja skills. I’ll grant that the story seemed rushed and Megan Fox is not exactly what I would call a “great actress” but she was good in this film. Also, I think the Shredder’s armor was a little overdone. It seemed a bit unrealistic, but this is a movie about Turtles who were exposed to a mutated ooze. If you are a TMNT fan and a die hard action film, this is the movie for you!
- Megan Fox as April O’Neil
- Malina Weissman as young April O’Neil
- Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick
- William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
- Alan Ritchson as Raphael
- Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
- Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (motion-capture performer)
- Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo (voice)
- Jeremy Howard as Donatello
- Danny Woodburn as Splinter (motion-capture performer)
- Tony Shalhoub as Splinter (voice)
- Tohoru Masamune as Shredder
- Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson
- Minae Noji as Karai
- Abby Elliott as Taylor
- Taran Killam as McNaughton
- K. Todd Freeman as Dr. Baxter Stockman
- Paul Fitzgerald as Dr. O’Neil