Monday, 27 June 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review













Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


Release Date: 9th June 2016 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Platinum Dunes
Gama Entertainment Partners
Mednick Productions
Smithrowe Entertainment

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 112 minutes


Budget: $135,000,000

Box Office Gross: $245,623,848
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
After supervillian Shredder
escapes custody, he joins
forces with mad scientist
Baxter Stockman and two
dimwitted henchmen,
Bebop and Rocksteady, to
unleash a diabolical plan
to take over the world. As
the turtles prepare to take
on Shredder and his new
crew, they find themselves
facing an even greater evil
with similar intentions:
the notorious Krang.


Cast
Megan Fox - April O'Neil
Will Arnett - Vern Fenwick
Laura Linney - Chief Vincent
Stephen Amell - Casey Jones
Alan Ritchson - Raphael
Noel Fisher - Michelangelo
Pete Ploszek - Leonardo
Jeremy Howard - Donatello
Peter Donald Baldamenti II - Splinter
Tony Shalhoub - Splinter (Voice)
Brian Tee - Shredder
Stephen Farrelly - Rocksteady
Gary Anthony Williams - Bebop
Brittany Ishibashi - Karai
Tyler Perry - Baxter
Stockman
Brad Garrett - Krang (Voice)
Connor Fox - Trevor
Alessandra Ambrosio - Herself (Cameo)
Jane Wu - Jade
Carmelo Anthony - Himself (Cameo)
DeAndre Jordan - Himself (Cameo)
Jonathan Redick - Himself (Cameo)
Matt Barnes - Himself (Cameo)
Austin Rivers - Himself (Cameo)
Langston Arnold Galloway - Himself (Cameo)
Shane Larkin - Himself (Cameo)
Lou Amundson - Himself (Cameo)
Andrea Bargnani - Himself (Cameo)
Quincy Acy - Himself (Cameo)
Kevin Eastman - Pizza Delivery Guy (Cameo)

Crew
Director - Dave Green
Based on Characters  - Kevin
Eastman and Peter Laird
Writer/Executive Producers - Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec
Executive Producers - Eric J. Crown, Grant Curtis and Denis L. Stewart
Producers - Michael Bay,
Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller,
Scott Mendick and Galen Walker
Production Designer - Martin Laing
Costume Designer - Sarah Edwards
Director of Photography - Lula Carvalho
Stunt Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pablo Helman
Film Editors - Jim May and
Bob Ducsay
Music - Steve Jablonsky


Review
Two years after the success and mixed response of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (click here), a reboot that arguably tries to be like TRANSFORMERS (click here). It unfortunately wasn't and Michael Bay strikes again as the producer of this latest sequel. He hires a different director who was known for the lacklustre film of EARTH TO ECHO (click here) with the vision in mind to have him improve the setbacks. But needless to say, it only worked in a few elements. My impression is drawn back to its classic 80s cartoon roots and incorporated its several elements to the plot adding such characters as Bebop and Rocksteady as well as Krang. This is a good thing and a bad thing, starting with the good it has some sentimental value which will resonate with fans who grow up with the 80s classic. Now moving onto the bad, many considered the film as a slight modification over the original, but some unrealism and poor acting choices dishonored this sequel

It is without surprise that Stephen Amell from the hit TV show ARROW phoned it in as Casey Jones. This character has got spunk, but Amell didn't get enough direction and the way the character is written wasn't as charismatic I hoped. I even thought Tyler Perry and Brad Garrett are miscast in their roles and so is Megan Fox who is still dull and frankly this is the result of poor direction and script.

Turtle power, not really and it's good for a one-time watch at best. OUT OF THE SHADOWS is an another mediocre effort from Michael Bay's producing credit. I think this movie will be more appealing to a younger grouping of people or less experienced movie goers who do not pay as much attention to detail, casting and plotting.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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