Monday, 20 April 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: 11th September 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Platinum Dunes

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 101 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $493,333,584

Plot Summary
Darkness has settled 
over New York City as 
Shredder and his evil 
Foot Clan have an iron 
grip on everything 
from the police to the 
politicians. The future 
is grim until four 
unlikely outcast brothers 
rise from the sewers and 
discover their destiny 
as the Teenage Mutant 
Ninja Turtles. The Turtles 
must work with fearless 
reporter April O'Neil and 
her wisecracking camera-
man Vern Fenwick to 
save the city and unravel 
Shredder's diabolical 

Megan Fox - April O'Neil
Will Arnett - Vern Fenwick
William Fichtner - Eric Sacks
Alan Ritchson - Raphael
Noel Fisher - Michelangelo
Pete Ploszek - Leonardo
Johnny Knoxville - Leonardo
Jeremy Howard - Donatello
Danny Woodburn - Splinter
Tony Shalhoub - Splinter (Voice)
Tohoru Masamume - Shredder
Whoopi Goldberg - Bernadette
Minae Noji - Karai
Abby Elliott - Taylor
Taran Kilam - McNaughton
K. Todd Freeman - Dr. Baxter
Paul Fitzgerald - Dr. O'Neil
Derek Mears - Dojo Ninja

Director - Jonathan Liebesman
Based on Characters  - Kevin
Eastman and Peter Laird
Writers - Josh Appelbaum,
Andre Nemec and Evan
Producers - Michael Bay,
Ian Bryce, Andrew Form,
Bradley Fuller, Scott Mendick
and Galen Walker
Production Designer - Neil Spisak
Costume Designer - Sarah Edwards
Director of Photography - Lula Carvalho
Fight Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pablo Helman
Film Editors - Joel Negron and
Glen Scantlebury
Music - Brian Tyler

As a fellow nostalgic reviewer, I've learned so much about TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES through endlessly reading a few books and comic issues plus watched two television series and three movies from which it is based on. I wasn't very excited about seeing the 2014 reboot of the movie when I heard all its negative news when in production. I've seen movies in better days that are extremely good enough to watch, the recent interpretation of TMNT is juvenile, cheesy and almost unfaithful to the original incarnation which is due to Michael Bay's involvement and a fair amount of problems. I did not like the CGI character designs of the Turtles which looked nothing more but part reptilian and part human alike to their mutation. The ILM effects company have been trying to shape up these four heroic reptiles as organic and much to the filmmakers best intentions to try make them as different to the old-school puppetry used in the three original films.

With a focus on the acting performances in this big-budgeted remake, Megan Fox does not deserve to be cast as April O'Neill and she should have dyed her hair red or give away the role to another actress in playing the lead female so as to more accurately re-convey the traditional appearance of April. Although the other cast aren't perfect in the contrast to Megan herself, the best actor who stays in most of the film would be Will Arnett in playing a supporting character that is almost the exact opposite to April and on a different note I admire his role in the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT program.

I may sum up that this isn't the feature I expected it would be, but it still definitely breaks out of its shell with a firework display of action and thrills. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is perhaps an example of a film that due to a lack of direction and writing, I feel should only be watched once. Cowabunga dudes!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

1 comment:

  1. Can't agree more! TMNT is just an average movie.