After a long gap, Paramount has rebooted the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise by coming up with a feature adaptation. The movie has the beginning of the school year to contend with and that alone could result in TMNT receiving an unpredictable response at the box office, as many fans might have moved on since the last time a TMNT movie hit the big screen.
The film opens with TV reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) following a story about the Foot Clan and the way they have been terrorizing residents. However, April’s boss, Bernadette (Whoopi Goldberg) is least interested, and cameraman Vern (Will Arnett) doesn’t believe in her ability to cover the story the way it should be covered.
One night when she witnesses a ‘stealthy’ vigilante attacking some Foot Clan thugs and stumbles on a story that could make her career as she comes across the Ninja Turtles. Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson) and Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) live in the sewers and are being trained by the wise rat, Master Splinter (Danny Woodburn) in the martial arts.
The turtles aren’t fully prepared to take on the Foot Clan as they are still under training. However, they are on the radar of the Foot Clan fighters and their evil leader Shredder. To help the turtles out, April turns towards Eric Sachs (William Fichtner), a wealthy man she knows. What she does not know is that Sachs has a close connection with Shredder.
The focus on April throughout the story is a little disappointing as the film is about the four green talking turtles. By the time they come on screen, half the audience would be yawning. That being said, the VFX is outstanding and the film is great to watch. The long and drawn-out narrative is bound to get on some people’s nerves. Only fans of the original characters might be interested. For the neutrals, this one is better off missed.
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