April O’Neil is a sizzle reporter for Channel 6 news in New York city. Desperate to be taken seriously, April starts to investigate a violent inner city gang known as “The Foot” lead by their evil master “The Shedder”.
During a Foot Clan robbery, April discovers four vigilantes appear out of the shadows, kick the living day lights of the these henchmen, and then poof. Gone.
As April continues to pursue The Foot, she eventually gets a good look at her heroes and discovers that they are indeed, four giant walking, talking, ninja fighting turtles!
April is then swept up in this on-going battle between the Turtles and Master Shredder and will find out just how connected she is to these turtles and their mutated origins.
THE GOOD – TURTLE POWER!
A lot of people have been bad mouthing this project from the beginning. With Michael Bay producing and having an earlier script that (NO JOKE) had the turtles appear as aliens, the buzz around town was that this film was going to be Box. Office. Poison…BUT.
Despite all the negativity and low expectations, they managed to surprise us and get the Turtles down perfectly. Every Turtle had their own unique look, style, personality, and a distinct relationship to one another.
Their father and sensei, Splinter, looked awesome as well and all the cgi/motion capture work that went into this really made their movements fluid and the fight scenes very realistic.
The turtles were portrayed by real actors wearing motion capture suits and each one of them did a fantastic job.
One of which, who played a fan favourite Michelangelo (who had the film’s funniest one-liners) was played by Vancouver’s own Noel Fisher! I know. You don’t know who that it is. After this film though. You just might.
THE BAD – MEGAN FOX NEEDS TO STOP ACTING
I’m going to be just blunt as I possibly can here and flat out say, Megan Fox needs to stop acting.
This film could of been so much better if they had hired a better actress. Whenever Megan Fox is in a scene, it completely takes you out of the film.
All of the reviews for this film have been very bad and although she might not be the sole reason, she’s definitely a good 80%.
Every time you hear the shrill, high voice and blank wax statue stare, you just want to check out and leave.
This is something you have to know going in, Megan Fox ruined this movie.
I am a big fan of the Ninja Turtles franchise, from the comics to the 90’s films to the 80’s cartoon and I really wanted this to do well and despite Megan’s horrid efforts it did. (Made 60 million on it’s first opening weekend).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will surprise you and raise your expectations despite Megan Fox’s awful talent.
The action scenes are big and exciting to watch, the Turtles are all fully realized and bang on.
Shedder as a villain was pretty much reduced to a glorified henchman in the film but does have some great fight scenes with the Turtles and Master Splinter himself.
This film isn’t perfect at all but is a fun experience for the family and a perfect opportunity to introduce your kids into the TMNT mythos.
PS. Hollywood…..please stop hiring Megan Fox…just….STOP!