Entertainment Hive 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Review by Honey B

Director: Michael Bay Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tony Shalhoub, Johnny Knoxville Synopsis: The city needs heroes. 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan. Verdict: The major re-boot of our favourite green mean teenage heroes in a half-shell goes off with a major “Cowabunga Dude’’. Who would expect less since the 1980s franchise has been given the once over by Michael “Transformers’’ Bay. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actually started as a joke back in the early 80s but has since seen many incarnations from comic book to TV series and big screen action. This time around the four crime-fighting terrapins have had a CGI makeover and they are pretty bad-ass. With Bay at the helm there are also two over-the-top action sequences to keep young fans and adrenalin junkies very happy. There’s also plenty of screen time for Megan Fox’s perfect derriere. Fox plays reporter April O’Neil, who is hoping to stop reporting puff pieces and get her teeth into more meaty stories. Thanks to her tenacity O’Neil discovers some criminal activity by the Foot Clan – a criminal organisation that has been terrorising New York citizens. What she didn’t bank on was uncovering four giant six-foot turtles who are out to save New York with their ninja mentor a rat named Master Splinter (Tony Shalhoub). The story takes another turn when O’Neil realises that the turtles Leonardo (moves by Pete Ploszek, voice by Johnny Knoxville), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) were once her childhood pets. This is a credible storyline as to how the turtles and Splinter escaped the lab where they were being experimented upon and solidifies O’Neil’s bond with the four-some and keeps her central to the action. Speaking of action, Bay has also made the leader of the Foot Clan bigger and badder and Shredder really does shred through his opponents in his massive metal Samurai suit complete with flying knives. He is a force to be reckoned with. While there is plenty of bang for your buck, the turtles are true teenagers and there’s loads of wisecracks, laughs, bad innuendos and pizza. At its core this movie is pretty fun with lots of action and it features classic characters we love and can pass on to a new generation. Embrace your inner-teenager and enjoy TMNT.
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