Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows movie posterTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), Rated “PG-13”
Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry
Directed by Dave Green
Reviewed by Xavier Emaka
Rating: three and a half stars

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The series had its reboot and this one was a long time coming. WWE superstar Sheamus also had a role in this flick. Hopefully it’s not his last, because I think he did a great job. In fact, he might have done better than some of the more established actors in his role as rock steady.

I don’t think this film is one of the highlights of the year, but it did provide entertainment. As far as the franchise is concerned, this installment was not as commercially successful as the previous, but it was still profitable.

The plot starts with the turtles back in the sewers after their fight with Shredder. They haven’t taken any credit for their work and continue their lives as unsung heroes protecting the city when it needs them.

April O’Neal (Megan Fox) is doing an investigation when she discovers someone is planning to help Shredder break out of prison. Baxter Stockman is the man working to achieve this goal as he has been working for Shredder for some time. The turtles are informed of this and try to prevent it, but Shredder escapes. He manages to recruit two foot soldiers with him, Bebop and Rock Steady and uses a teleporter Baxter made to escape.

Shredder’s escape takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself in Dimension X. which was not where Baxter Stockman planned to take him. He meets Krang who tells Shredder of his plan to invade earth. Krang’s plan requires three pieces of a device he sent to earth. Shredder is rewarded for his help and goes back to earth to help find the pieces.

April O’Neal witnesses Shredder’s return and use of a compound Krang gave him to turn Bebop and Rocksteady into mutants. She steals it and takes it to the turtles and Donatello discovers that it could be used to transform them into humans. This news splits the turtles apart as Shredder and his group are about to have the world transformed once the new components are found.

This movie’s CGI is the best from the franchise yet. However, what the technical department did in special effects was undone by the movie’s weak script. There are plot holes throughout the movie and much is left unanswered when it ends.

The acting was very 50/50. Stephen Amell seemed to struggle on the big screen and didn’t perform the way he did as Oliver queen. Megan Fox however left no doubt on her ability to carry the role and only Sheamus seemed to carry his role better than her.

There’s a lot of comedy throughout the film as is expected of such a flick just not as much plot. Verdict, a bit on the bland side for adults, but probably a good movie for ages 12 – 15.

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