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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ***

A nostalgic action packed party chock-full of Turtle power!

Is it worth $15 (3D)? Yes

If you were a fan of the ‘90s cartoon, movies, toys, and comics, then prepare yourself for the ultimate lip service to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle maniacs everywhere.

The four mean green ninja brothers are back! After saving their beloved New York City, our "Heroes on a Half Shell" are once again called upon to stop the evil Shredder (Brian Tee) from taking over the world in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” But this time he has plenty of nefarious allies, including genius Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), newly mutated thugs Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Sheamus), and the extra-dimensional Krang (voiced by Brad Garrett) with his fearsome futuristic weapons. The turtles aren't alone, however. They come along with their father, Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalob) and human friend, April (Megan Fox). Then, of course, they are joined by sports loving vigilante cop Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) to take down the army of baddies.



Everything about this film screams that it was made for fans. Director Dave Green and producer Michael Bay went out of their way to pack every bit of nostalgia they could into the almost two hour sequel. The turtle’s unique personalities and brotherly interactions are explored further, with a distinct admiration for the source material of these characters. The bad guys are pretty one dimensional, but also extremely accurate to their cartoonish counterparts. Fox is nice eye candy, but doesn't do much to steal scenes from the CGI headliners. Amell is good as the hockey mask wearing Casey. He fleshes out the character a bit more. My only complaint is that his added role as a correction officer is a bit of a departure from what you'd expect of him. Will Arnett (Vern) adds some extra comic relief, but it tends to fall flat and seems unnecessary. Laura Linney's senior police role wastes the talent of a great actress.

The story is over-the-top ridiculous and full of plot holes. The acting is not going to win any academy awards. So then why would anyone recommend you watch this asinine movie, you ask? Because it is fun! It never takes itself seriously and the vibe is cartoonishly perfect. It makes you feel like a kid watching your favorite Saturday morning animation come to life again, but with an adult twist. Also, normally 3D is unnecessary, but in this case it does add some good effects and background depth to many of the scenes.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is a fine addition to the turtle verse. Sometimes you just want to see the good guys beat the bad guys, without much subtext. These four mutant turtle heroes will fulfill this wish and having you saying "COWABUNGA" all the way home.

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