Cert: 12A Runtime: 112 mins Director: Dave Green Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrley, Gary Anthony Williams and Tony Shalhoub
What would Vin Diesel do? No regrets, no fear!
Have we ever had a great TMNT movie yet? The simple answer is NO! The originals were OK at best but the latest re-boot started off terribly! Out of the Shadows is the latest to attempt to convert me. What has actually made this film utterly tempting well they are called Krang, Casey Jones, Rocksteady and Bebop! There is a lot of nostalgia available here but is it any good? The Shredder (Brian Tee), who has enlisted scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create the deadly Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly). Meanwhile, the Turtles are also forced to contend with a New York invasion led by supervillain Krang (Fred Armisen). Luckily, they have allies in the former of rat mentor Splinter (Tony Shalhoub), reporter April O’Neill (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
Out of the Shadows takes a trip back to the source material. The cheesy humour of Michelangelo leads the way in terms of jokes, with class turtle one-liners, zany antics, and endless bantering making up the most of his dialogue. In addition the turtles are still as clumsy as ever and will probably have kids laughing as they smack into practically everything. It is really the visuals though that steals the show. Bay’s production company knows how to make CGI come to life and TMNT2 is no exception to the rule. The surrounding environment is also a fantastic display of cinematography and digital creation, albeit a little fake looking at times, the final battle did look like a video game mind you. Out of the Shadows is a shallow, rushed mess of too many plots haphazardly thrown together like a pizza ordered by Mikey. There were a lot of coincidences, some very stupid obsessions, and many things were hastily concluded that made me roll my eyes. They attempted to make some attempts to develop the characters, but they dropped those issues quickly for more jokes and visual magic. Again this is what happens when you focus on visuals instead of story people.
Most of the characters in this movie are also a joke, the emphasis being on the turtles this time instead of the real life actors we saw in the first film. April is pretty consistent in this film, a beautiful women barely doing her job, but keeping in good contact with the turtles. This version of Casey Jones was a whiny brat who somehow had 100% hockey puck accuracy and the ability to out-skate motorcycles, wish I had skates like that. Shredder and Kurai were jokes…again,,, doing very little but standing around and looking depressed and Baxter Stockman was only a step up thanks to Tyler Perry’s talents. Out of the Shadows is a mess that needs to go back in for editing. Comedy and impressive visuals are the selling points of the movie along with the nostalgia they bring. However, the annoying characters, dull action, and laughable story.