Dir: Dave Green, 2016
The teenage turtles with a penchant for kicking ass return in a disappointingly poor sequel.
The plot is vaguely reminiscent of the earlier, and superior, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze.
With the aid of the Foot Clan, Shredder is sprung from a prison transport bus and is accidentally transported to another dimension where he meets Krang, a hulking robot with a talking brain protruding from his stomach.
There he is given a serum that can change humans into animals and vice versa.
Helped by April O’Neil and vigilante Casey Jones, the turtle’s race against time to apprehend Shredder and save the world. Or something like that.
To be honest, it’s kinda boring.
The 2014 film was amazing. Full of action, laughs and, most importantly, fun.
Out Of The Shadows is too silly to be enjoyable.
Master genius Donatello has built an assortment of contraptions and vehicles which go too far in the fantasy elements.
It’s more Transformers than TMNT as the Turtle Machine has been equipped with mechanical, nunchaku swinging arms and some sort of manhole cover flinging device.
Where the first film was fresh and took its own direction, this one retreats back to the 1980’s cartoon.
The inclusion of Bebop and Rocksteady, plus Krang, firmly entrench it in the cartoon universe.
On a positive note, the film does end with a remix of the Turtles theme tune which is, surprisingly, really good.
I am aware that all three characters appeared in the comic but, considering that the cartoon was a phenomenal success, I’m inclined to take the view that the series was the bigger inspiration.
The dialogue is akin to the 90’s films with its wisecracks and childish jokes.
A fair bit of fighting with some headbutts and groin kicks elevate it to a slightly more adult level.
But, even this can’t save the film.
Megan Fox does her usual crappy best; looking hot and not much else.
Parts of the film are ludicrous and serve no purpose but to get some sexiness in. Fox in a schoolgirl uniform is one such moment.
All the fun has been taken out of it. I just can’t get past the childishness.
Bland, unoriginal and dull.
A missed opportunity.