2 Stacks Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

I just got through watching the latest incarnation of the Eastman and Laird creations Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This incarnation is pretty clever with the action and the turtles scences also the villain Shredder is pretty cool but his armor reminds you of The Silver Samurai from the movie The Wolverine. The film opens up with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and cameraman Veron Fenwick (Will Arnett) chasing down stories. O’Neil is desperate for a scoop on the mysterious Foot Clan who are raising crime rates in their efforts to take over New York. Stumbling on a attempted heist O’Neil soon has an encounter with the Turtles who foil the heist. She tries to report this next day but no one believes her story including Fenwick. After the foiled heist Shredder orders the Foot clan to create a hostage situation to draw out their adversaries. O’Neil happens upon the subway hostage situation and ends up taken hostage with the subway commuters. The Turtles intervene blowing the lights and using surprise and stealth to capture the Foot Clan members. O’Neil desperate to prove herself tails the Turtles to the rooftops where she takes pictures which the Turtles erase before they part company and you know the next day no one really believes her leading to her getting fired from the TV station. The rest of the movie is typical actioner with a lot of convenient circumstances. Fox and Arnett try yet both their characters come off as annoying and flat. Their scenes are drawn out and bring the film to a halt. The lackluster chemistry between the two is cringeworthy the scenes with the Turtles are fun silly and over the top as they should be. This version brings nothing really new but a drawn out plot with lackluster characters. I give this version of the Turtles a bottom of the stack unfortunately.

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