Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Tyler Perry, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams
Directed by: Dave Green
Written by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min
On this trip to the movies, I was joined by my brother Andrew (40), and his daughter, Kaitlyn (15). All three of us had seen the first installment in this new franchise (and somewhat enjoyed it), but none of us considered ourselves big fans of the Ninja Turtles.
Okay, this film is awful! Lots of sound and CGI fury, signifying dumbness. Things happen, other things happen, and there’s little to no connecting tissue binding events together. The action is lazily arranged, and its living breathing stars seem lost amidst the noise and mayhem. Not that I expected much from Megan Fox anyway, but Laura Linney looked positively confused by everything going on around her.
At frequent points in this film, you’re left wondering how we got to this point in the story, and confused by the motives guiding each character. This isn’t so much a tale told, as it is a collection of random events designed to plunder the brand for box office gold. Delivering its one-note characters with all the care and attention you’d expect from a Saturday morning cartoon.
This is basically a Transformers flick starring mutant Turtles, right down to its score and sound effects reel. It gives its original characters no time to do anything noteworthy, and piles on several others from the long running series just to appease the fans. Nothing in TMNT2 makes much sense, and honestly, the frequent leaps in logic got annoying. I was bored after 10 minutes, and pissed off before the second act.
If a Transformers movie without Transformers sounds entertaining to you, then by all means, check this out. Expect lots of noise and action, and very little plot and character.
Worst Moment: << spoiler! >>
Parts of the big bad villain’s space ship are flying through a portal thingy (from another dimension of course), and Donatello somehow has access to information that tells him what the ship is, and who owns it.