Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles 2014 review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 PosterGenre: Action, Comedy, Comic, Science Fiction.
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johhny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, William Fichtner, Tohoru Masamune, Whoopi Goldberg.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 12A (UK)
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Synopsis: “When a kingpin threatens New York City, a news reporter find a quad of mutants which makes an alliance to unravel Shredder’s plan as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” IMDB

Finally got to watch it, over two months after release in the US, us UK fans finally got to feast our eyes on the reboot that 99% were worried about or didn’t want I for one was split right down the middle.

The film opens up with April O’Neil (Fox) a news reporter who is struggling to make a name for herself in the news world, that is until one day she witnesses a vigilante take down gang members of a the local crime syndicate known as “The Foot Clan”. Finding it nearly impossible to get anybody to believe her story (with good reason), her constant work on this project and digging deep gets her face-to-face with the members of the titular TMNT Leonardo (Knoxville & Ploszek), Raphael (Ritchson), Michelangelo (Fisher) and Donatello (Howard).

Due to her constant digging April fins herself reconnecting with the old scientist friend and partner of her dead father Sacks (Fichtner) who seems to have some very sinister reasons in wanting to find the Turtles for himself. He wants the Turtles back so he can extract the mutagen from them which made them mutate into the Mutant Ninja Turtles we all know and love today in order to set in motion his less than legitimate plans he has with sinister Shredder.

Overall, the film for me personally was absolutely incredible, I have been a fan for over two decades and inside was insanely excited for the film if a bit apprehensive due to Bay’s record of “if it exists I will blow the shit out of it”. With Bay serving as producer some of his overly used tropes still stand but they work in the film due it being a pure action flick.

One of the huge complaints I seem to see going around is that “they changed to much”, but come on, you can’t get in a mood over the fact that they didn’t use the story that we were already given in the original animated series. However, for me changing it up didn’t really matter that much, while it was different if fitted in nicely wit a newly revived film franchise made this world they are creating if you will a whole lot better. They even added a new twist that includes April having a more important role in the Turtles becoming the Turtles, which for me was a great addition to the back story, made them so much more of a “family” with April in a way serving as their parent along with Splinter.

They also changed how Splinter now learnt his ninjutsu ways from book he found in the sewer, the book dons the authors name Hamato Yoshi’s in the original origin Splinter is an incarnation of Hamato Yoshi. However, in this reboot Yoshi is completely written out the story allowing I guess Splinter to be his own character. They still did keep Yoshi’s name in the story to pay homage to the beautiful origin of the franchise I have loved since I was a toddler.

The film is full on Action ride, while the story is less than you get in the 2 hour plus runtime Dramas, you still get everything you need from the story. The characters are absolutely brilliant, as always Mikey steals so many scenes with his perfectly timed idiotic remarks, nonsensical gibberish and unrequited love for pizza specifically an unheard of 99 cheese pizza!

After watching the film I am SUPER pumped for the sequel however many there will be, especially excited for the inclusion of Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang and Casey Jones. Can you believe these guys are coming to this world? My mind is blown! I can HIGHLY recommend you check this out, the film is full of Action, laughs, Turtle badassery, martial artistic scenes and my childhood being revived! If I did have to pick a complaint or two I would have to say that Shredder looked like he was ripped from a Transformers film and Megan Fox being so blatantly untalented and only cast for her looks was a let down. Other than that I will be buying this film on day of release and watching for many years to come.


Chris "The Boss" Wilson

Chris is a self confessed movie junkie, his favourite film is A Nightmare On Elm Street, yes the 84 version obviously!

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