Thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Dave Green’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows at its Australian premiere. This is our review of the film, but as usual we recommend you to go and check the film out, because there is no better critic than you.
The film takes place right after the events that led to the capture of Shredder, with the four brothers still looking after New York City from the shadows. However, everything changes when Shredder escapes police custody by using technology from another dimension which allows him to open portals. This technology also allows Krang, an infamous creature from the X Dimension, to bring his colossal war machine, The Technodrome, to Earth and take over the planet.
To make matters worse, Shredder plans to take down the turtles. To that end, he enlists the services a mad genius, Professor Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), who helps him to create his own mutants, Beebop and Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus). The turtles, however, with the help of reporter April O’Neill (Megan Fox) and cop and hockey player, Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), won’t stop their efforts to defeat the foot and save mankind.
After a “shelltastic” first film, the turtles return for an even bigger sequel that introduces a bunch of fan-favourite characters that were sorely missing from the first film, such as Beebop, Rocksteady, Krang and Casey Jones. This is a clear sign that the team behind the film listened to feedback from fans of the franchise. The turtles themselves have also been slightly updated, and some of their unnecessary gear and outfit elements have been removed for good.
One of the best things about this sequel is the extreme care taken with ensuring that the new additions feel true to the original comics. The best examples are the silly-yet-brutal duo, Beboop and Rocksteady, who look and behave exactly as they did in the original animated series. Furthermore, Krang is gross and his voice is similar but less cartoonish than his series counterpart. Meanwhile, his armoured robot gets the Transformer treatment, yet retains the iconic elements that fans love. Stephen Amell‘s Casey Jones gets an original back story that doesn’t affect the essence of the character at all, and the success of this character is of chiefly due to a solid performance by the beloved Canadian actor.
The plot is simple, and fans will love seeing the TGRI labs and Baxter Stockman involved in some nasty experiments that create internal conflict for the turtles, (especially rivalry between Leonardo and Raphael).
The action and special effects are superb, with all the CGI characters looking extremely real. Some nice battles and comedic elements are included, the latter mostly courtesy of Michelangelo. Die-hard fans will also spot some really clever and original live-action adaptations of the cartoons.
Overall, this is a “radical” film, full of action and 90’s nostalgia. It might not win an Oscar, but you’ll have a damn good time. Cowabunga!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is in cinemas June 9