Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Movie Review

When we heard that a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film was being remade, we have to admit, we had a hard time accepting it as fact. For us, this was going to be a complete travesty and tragedy in a scale like no other - the few times were these big Hollywood outfits destroy good childhood memories. Gratefully, what we did get to see was neither both. But there's still that shaking feeling that this remake seriously lacks heart.

Crime and fear are spreading through the streets of New York as Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and his evil Foot Clan have been flexing their iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future seems all too grim until four outcast brothers, survivors of a scientific experiment gone wrong, rise from the sewers, and take on their destiny as the ultimate masked vigilantes. Faced with Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination, these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are about to team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the citizens of New York from serious destruction.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" succeeds in blowing our expectations away but honestly, those expectations weren't high to begin with. What we do get isn't a complete mess. In fact, the film turns out to be entertaining on some level. The jokes and script do work at times but half of it (especially the ones from Will Arnett) fail miserably. The action while CGI-heavy was heart-pounding, crazy and overall briskly solid. What we hated most was the story. While it does a good job on re-inventing the Turtles story, it was predictable and had huge plot holes - logical inconsistencies that didn't make any sense. Acting-wise, the physical actors felt they weren't into the film while the Turtles were good enough. Overall, 2014's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" isn't bad but it still doesn't justify a 21st century remake.

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- it's not as bad as expected
- the action scenes were heart-pounding to say the least

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- generic as it can be
- the film lacks heart and that special touch to make it stand out

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