If you're a die-hard Nickelodeon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan then you'll love the sloppy, bloated, mess that is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. What is it with modern blockbusters? There is this trend in modern blockbusters where a decent build up is happening, but upon delivery it falls flat. Nothing chaps my ass more than a film that ends badly. Ugh!
TMNT: Out of the Shadows takes place directly after the first film with the Turtles riding high from saving the city from the Shredder. However in this film the Turtles face several old and new threats. April O'Neal (Megan Fox) stumbles upon a plan by Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to break Oroku Saki aka Shredder out of police custody. When corrections officer Casey Jones (Steven Amell) is put in charge of Shredder's transport, he gets much more than he bargained for when Shredder goes missing. He is on the hunt to find Shredder and runs into and April after she finds a purple serum that turns Bebop and Rocksteady into big, CGI animals. Once April alerts the Turtles about what Shredder has been up to, they find that he is in a partnership with Krang who looks to enslave the world population with the war weapon, the Technodrome. The Turtles are in for one bumpy ride and they CGI their way through the city to defeat their foes.
TMNT is very light on the action and heavy on the stupid banter. Its not all bad as there are some witty one-liners and a few quirky action sequences but it just doesn't add up to the original films. There is no consistency and nothing that ties the films loose ends together. The film just exists to annoy people like me.
Megan Fox is really trying hard to be taken seriously. It's easy to to tell she wants to be seen more for her 'talent' than her body and that is commendable. Its a Ninja Turtles movie, so its hard to judge based on acting abilities, but again, Fox is trying. Steven Amell isn't any better, then again, this isn't an Oscar worthy film, so I guess he did a decent job as hockey stick wielder Casey Jones. Its just unusual to see him act so campy.
The direction is nothing special by David Green. Its your standard Michael Bay-ish explosions and surface characters you don't really care about. The CGI is average, except the look of the Turtles which their look seemed to be upgraded since the first TMNT film. There were initial complaints with this updated look of the Turtles but the new look really works on the big screen.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows is a film most people will enjoy. Its not meant to be taken seriously and this is actually one of its redeeming qualities. Would have been a bit more enjoyable had it stayed the course and not dropped the ball toward the end. However, its fair to say that If you're looking to turn your brain off for some senseless action, then this is the movie for you!