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TMNT Out Of The Shadows Review: Great Summer Movie For The Family, But Falls Short Of Expectations

TMNT Out Of The Shadows

SPOILER ALERT (Some scenes are discussed during the review. Please be advised!!!!)

Everyone remembers the good old days of watching Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles on television. They love watching the four brothers: Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. These four brother definitely made the kids happy as well as adults who played the video games in the 80s and 90s.

Then the live action movie came out in 2014, which is a nice step for the franchise, and now comes “Out Of The Shadows”. A great summer movie for the family to see, but falls short of expectations overall.

The story really just jumps straight into the action of the movie. After the turtles beat Shredder and Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) takes credit for the defeat, they are still hiding from the public until getting distributing news from April O’Neil (Megan Fox). O’Neil told the turtles of Shredder escaping from jail with the help of Dr. Baxter Stockman. Shredder ends up in another dimension with a mastermind warlord name Krang, and they end working together to takeover New York.

Much more of an improvement for the story compared to the last one. There was a little feel of the comic side with this storyline because they include some icon villains. Besides Shredder, Krang is another great villain who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

Some of the other supporting characters such as Casey (Stephen Amell), Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE star Sheamus) also played key moments. The two criminals turning into monsters will definitely put a laugh for the kids and excitement for the adults, because these two were in the video games. It’s actually exciting to see on the big screen.

When it comes to action, it set the bar much higher than before. Turtles in action against the foot clan just brings back nostalgic memories, especially when they get completely destroyed throughout the movie. It wasn’t great to see them against Bebop and Rocksteady, since the duration of the fight for some reason too short. The fight should be longer, engaging and thrilling rather than a meet and greet. Overall, it does build up well to the final fight, and won’t disappoint the viewers.

In the end, the movie just great for the family. A lot of action, humor moments and packed-punch scenes from the cast. Fox still a great actress for the O’Neil role and Amell does a terrific job as Casey. The brothers are much more engaged with each other as far as trust and chemistry. Either way, I highly recommend it for TMNT fans, but not for the average one as it still has a long way to go in terms of making it a classic for years to come.

5.5 out of 10

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