Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
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I have to say that this was a rather “meh” experience. It certainly was not an improvement over the original. Why try to rewrite a story that was actually not bad when you cannot be bothered to spend some effort on it? The new story is sloppy and it is rather clear that whoever wrote it got only two directives: Make sure that Megan Fox gets a lot of focus and if you do not know what to write then cram in some special effects. There are a lot of special effects in this movie!It is obvious that Megan Fox’s ego have had a lot of influence on the movie. To the extent that you might wonder if this movie is about the turtles or about Megan Fox. She might be the wet dream of some less discerning teenagers but her acting skills leaves somewhat to be desired. Okay, okay she was actually not too bad in this movie but then it was not to difficult to shine in this movie either.There are a few moments when it looks like it is going to turn interesting. For instance when the shredder is first introduced and punishes some of his underlings but rather quickly he is reduced to just another “special effect” when they slap this robotic shredder suit onto him. Come on, he is supposed to be a skilled martial arts combatant, not some freak in a robotic suit.Splinter was just sad. Some lab rat that picked up martial arts from a book he found in the sewers! What the f…? That ruined a lot of the movie.The turtles themselves, being already pushed back somewhat into the background by Megan Fox desire to be in front of the cameras most of the time, are bland to say the least. They are immature, even for a movie like this, and the jokes are simply unintelligent and mostly not very funny.I was about to write that, if you like special effects and do not care for much of the rest, then you will probably like this movie but when I think back even the special effects where often only mildly interesting. They were perhaps not really bad but not very impressive either. The truck ride down a snowy slope was just silly and some of the scenes where actually rather underwhelming for instance.On the whole, to me, this was a mildly entertaining movie that could have been much better if someone with basic intelligence had been asked to write the script in the first place. There are actually five (!) people credited with writing this movie and maybe that is the problem. Too many cooks!
Kill the Girl---Personally like the Turtles they are strong and there costumes are absolutely phenomenal even though people don't like them. But I see them as the only authentic thing in the movie and also the only thing that took time to be created.But as for the Girl who is supposedly the main character i think she needs to be given a common sense or killed in the second movie. That girl is a pain in the lower part of the back. trust me if the second installment is to be hailed as a great movie .That chick must die or become mute,which ever one gets her to shut her trap.Cause seriously her random screaming ain't workings for me.I give this movie a 3.for the Turtles and of course their swag.
chaotic---The turtles are called upon to fight a man who wants to take over the city. He is a rich man planning a dastardly deed so he can become... rich. That is just a taster of the complete dog's breakfast that they made of the narrative in this cynical, loud, disjointed, unfunny, insincere waste of time. It's winter, there is snow on the ground, but Megan Fox runs about in a tight t-shirt and short jacket so the lads can constantly ogle her assets. They blow up a lot of stuff, the camera shakes like hell, there seems to be fighting going on, there are well-worn jokes - "That went well" - and the two funny bits are in the trailer. Park your brain outside. And bring earplugs.
Do you want to see Megan Fox or Ninja Turtles?---Michael Bay should be ashamed of himself. He took so many 90's childhood heroes and forever tarnished their GREAT reputation. This movie was a half fast piece of crap. The title should be APRIL O'NEIL:New York News Reporter. The script, graphics, and plot line were ALL terrible. Seriously now the turtles were April O'Neil's pets? Just because you waste a bunch of $ on a gorgeous, but horrible, actress doesn't mean the movie needs to revolve around her. It's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, not APRIL O'NEIL and the ninja turtles. Nickelodeon should immediately sell the rights of the ninja turtles back to Kevin Laird and Peter Eastman so they can make a better movie, even if it is just a 30 minute cartoon episode, I will be more entertained and more impressed. Oh and Dear Michael Bay, NO ONE CARES IF STUFF BLOWS UP!!!! WE'VE ALL SEEN IT BEFORE!!! The thought process in making this film:-"OKay, no one will come unless we cast a famous female celebrity"-"Also, we will want things to explode in nearly every seen, so that it is chaos all the time. Should we explain the explosions or chaos? No let the viewers use their imagination."-"Is the plot line important?, Nah we just need things to explode. People came to see Megan Fox not the Ninja Turtles."-"Should we follow a similar story line of previous turtle movies?" Ha, no way what are you thinking?! I don't want people to actually like the movie lol.Michael Bay, from all childhood Ninja Turtle Fans, YOU SUCK!
The worst reboot I've ever seen.---Jonathan Liebesman, Michael Bay, Josh Appelbaum, and anyone else involved in the casting, writing, production, or direction of the film should be beaten with their choice of a sword, a bo staff, sais, and nunchakus. I didn't think it was possible to ruin a franchise more thoroughly and absolutely than they did. Let's start from the beginning, shall we? The concept of the movie was a complete and total failure. From the introduction sequence of the film to the look and origin of the turtles and Splinter to the overall storyline to how April O'Neil's character would be integrated to the absence of other key characters (Casey Jones anyone?) to how the conflict would be established to the decision to show Shredder's face and eliminate part of the mystery behind his character... it was all bad. I would assume that after they had the preliminary blueprint for the film, they would begin the writing process. Oh man, the writing was terrible! The dialogue felt forced and disingenuous and the script made it just about impossible for any cast to save the film. The characters are not developed at all and the plot is developed even less. How about the casting decisions? Megan Fox? Really? What about Megan Fox screams April O'Neil? Nothing, that's what. Why not go for Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Christina Hendricks, Emma Stone, Karen Gillan, or Rachel Nichols to play everyone's favorite redheaded reporter? Any of them could've provided the appropriate overall look for the character and they all would have their own unique spin on the feel. Whether it be sense of humor, acting style, sensuality, etc. What they all have in common is that they all would've been a better choice than Megan Fox. Oh, and did I mention Emma Stone? Because why bother going after the one actress every single TMNT fan wanted to see in the movie when you can land a brunette with too much plastic surgery and not enough acting chops. Yeah, that makes sense. The casting decisions for the turtles was nearly as bad. Outside of Alan Ritchson (Raphael), none of the other turtles even remotely sounded like their characters and the casting of Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo may have been the worst decision of them all. So now we have a mediocre script and cast, maybe the cinematography and special effects will be good, right? Ha! That's funny. No, instead we got a combination of some of the worst shaky cam, cgi, and overall cinematography I've ever seen. Honestly, it feels almost as if some idiot studio exec gave $125 to some bums off of the street and told them to reboot this beloved franchise. Actually, no, I think they would've done a better job.