Monday, June 20, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
Release: 02-06-2016
Running Time: 112 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Language: English (Sub: Chinese)
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Rating : PG with Some Violence
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee
Director: Dave Green
Synopsis: Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), 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.

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One of the movies that were released this June holiday is TMNT - Out of the Shadows, and being turtle fans we know we just have to catch it!  The boy is pretty excited that he's going to the movie to watch his favourite turtles in action.

As much as I was excited to watch the movie, I know NOT to have high hopes as with all movie sequels before I watch it even though the plot for this movie looks promising and the trailer almost convinced me that it will be a good one (see, the key word here is "almost").

So there is the really really bad villain who escaped, there is a mad scientist and an octopus brain like alien who gets bullied by the robot that it's riding in (which, btw he needs it to move around, its a weird relationship between these 2), henchman, 4 turtles, 1 pretty girl, 1 hero wannabe. 1 mutagenic compound wonder drug and threat from the Death-Star-like doomsday machine.  We are all set for an adventure... or so I thought, well it will be if you are under the age of 12.

The boy enjoyed it to the max of course, laughing loudly at Bebop and Rocksteady clumsiness, mesmerized with the ninja skills of the turtles etc.  "Awesome!" was what said after the movie but that is for a 10 year old, I beg to differ.

Okay! Okay!  It is not a bad movie, just not the Great great kind, let me share with you a couple of my likes and dislikes about the movie. 

Snatching pizza from Donatello

The Turtles
In this sequel, the turtle brothers are STILL not united, STILL bickering, STILL doubting Leonardo's leadership.  I mean, when can they finally settle their differences?  At least face the fact that Leonardo is the big brother who is more cool headed and disciplined than all of them.  Then again, if they stop that then they won't be the same turtles we know right?  Ok, its complicated, it is one thing watching them dealing with their differences in cartoon but to see them doing it again in the movie just made me think that I am wasting my money on this movie.

There were lesser funny dialogues from the turtle this time which was disappointing because we enjoyed the goofiness and funny side of the turtles in the previous movie.

Did I mention that I love their new Turtle Van or as it is know in this sequel, the Turtle Tactical Truck?  Not only does it shoots manhole covers it also has hydraulic nunchucks that expand out from the truck too, cool to the max!

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The Mean Looking Henchmen
After the first TMNT movie in 2014 I was glad to see that they have included 2 mean looking villains - Bebop and RockSteady, I was hoping to see some serious fighting between them and the turtle but I was disappointed.  Both of them are the typical henchmen who has the muscles but not the brains.  They were far from their look, definitely nothing close to being powerful and invincible other than being sloppy, bad table manners, clumsy and love to tell bad jokes.  However, having in mind that this is a PG rating show, which means it's kids friendly so violence are perhaps kept to "only when necessary" level.  The only scene that I find them fighting like a rhino and a warthhog, looking dangerously scary was the one they were exchanging punches (or growl/roar/slamming of fist in palm etc) with Casey Jones where they threw loads of cars at him which he manages to dodged them like magic of course.

TSK!  Such disappointment...

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The Newbie
BUT my unbalanced feeling was set a little bit straight when Casey Jones; or rather Stephen Amell appeared, ooo~ some eye candy time for me.

Even though the Casey Jones in the movie is different from the original, I like this Casey Jones better (am not being biased here but if you know about that one you would have agree with me too), though he is a cop that seems to have some anger management issues, he fights real good and he could do some serious damage to people and things with his hockey sticks.  Some vigilante eh?

However, he did act a little bit over puppy eyed or those love struck thingy over at April.  I get it that they were supposed to be together in the comic but it's kinda weird to see him venting out frustrating, blowing fire out of his nostril one min and the next he gets all softie with her.  Okay!  Where is my Oliver Queen!!! 

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The One with Pretty Abs
Last but not least, the heroine April O’Neil or Megan Fox, she and her pretty abs in this school uniform.  Not appropriate for a PG rated show, too much skin and curves, I almost reached over to cover DinoBoy's eyes.  It's too bad that she has to take a back seat in this sequel doing nothing except looking pretty, sexy, with pouty lips and all, I think the character deserves more than these.

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There you have it, our so call review of the movie. If your kid is a TMNT fan go ahead and watch it in 3D if you haven't done so, otherwise wait for it to be shown in cable or rent it from the video store. 

Disclaimer : We received complimentary tickets to the preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow.  We were not requested to write about the preview but we thought we just go ahead and do it.  All photos belongs to The DinoFamily unless otherwise credited, you may not take it for personal use without permission from us.


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