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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 paws out of 4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Gama Entertainment Partners and Platinum Dunes present a PG-13, 112 minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Dave Green, written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec with a theater release date of June 3, 2016.


The Turtles are back Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) the leader, Raphael (Alan Ritchson) the muscles, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) the brains and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) the pizza lover and as active as always in fighting the bad guys at night on the streets of New York. Above the ground they are still working with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and underneath with the guidance of Splinter (Peter Donald Badalamenti II and voice of Tony Shalhoub).

Last we knew that the Turtles with the help of Vernon ‘Falcon’ Fenwick (Will Arnett) saved the city from the evil Shredder (Brian Tee) but it seems that a plan has been developed by Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to break Shredder out of prison so that they can band together and control the world. During a transport of Shredder from one location to another Stockman and his team of Ninja’s have taken over the convoy in order to free Shredder but when Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) and the Turtles get involved the heist doesn’t go as easily for the bad guys. Yet when Shredder does become free he ends up in the clutches of Krang (voice of Brad Garrett) but only for a short time so to understand the ultimate plan. It seems a teleportation device can be completed if Shredder can locate the final three pieces needed so he enlists two criminals Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) and Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) to run his errands but not before Shredder uses the purple formula created by Stockman to turn the two men into a Rhino and a Warthog. Two big mean fighting machines trying to stay a step ahead of the Turtles that are close on their tails.

The Turtles are constantly trying to hide their identities from the humans so they must fight at night that is until they get the option with the purple formula to reverse their images and become human. Decisions, decisions, decisions, which are not all that easy to make especially for the four brothers but one thing they know they must decide quickly whether to expose themselves to Chief Vincent (Laura Linney) and her New York police officers in order to work together as a bigger team. One thing for sure though they know they must stop Shredder from locating the missing pieces because if they don’t he will build a portal and transport Krang and his alien ship to earth and destroy mankind. Turtle power and a key to the city later they realize what fun it is not to be normal.

I really liked the last Turtles film and I think I liked this one just as much if not better. Great direction and writing the film is very action packed and really focuses on the four Turtles. There are a few new characters but for the most part they are not in your face throughout the whole story. The Turtle power in this film is totally awesome as is the score, special effects and the use of 3D. The story even deals well with some major decisions and the right thing to do when it comes to the Turtles. I only thought I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Shredder’s character since for the most part he took a back seat at times to his Ninja’s.

Fox was utilized sufficiently since she is still better to look at then appreciate as an actress her time was well spent. Arnett, Linney and especially Amell are great supports and help add a lot to the story line. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of Amell in time to come. Fisher, Howard, Ploszek and Ritchson are superb and help make this movie a must see on the big screen. Perry is a lesser used character thankfully but better yet is Farrelly and Williams who shine as their animal counterparts. Overall I really enjoyed the Teenage Ninja Turtles once again even though as a kid I was never really a fan, maybe it’s the animal lover in me that embraces these four green reptiles!

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