Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) – Film Review

I really wanted to laugh at this film

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The second in the modern rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films has arrived on British screens and is directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo (2014)).  Our four ninja friends are still eating pizza and April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is seeing her career go from strength to strength.  Their arch enemy Shredder (Brian Tee) is being transported between prisons when he is sprung by scientist Baxter Sockman (Tyler Perry) who Shredder wants to produce more of a weird purple ooze to create many super powerful henchmen.  In the background there is the mysterious Commander Krang (Brad Garrett) who wants Shredder’s help to take over the planet.  Da da daahhhhhhhh!

So a few things going on and I chose to watch this film because I thought I would have a good laugh at the films expense.  I disliked the first film immensely and was expecting more of the same based on the trailers.  The movie failed to live up to my expectations as in many ways it was much better that the first effort.  Still had plenty of problems but I counted that on two occasions I laughed along with the film as opposed to at it.  The pluses are that it has a lot more Turtles and a lot less humans for the most part.  The single best thing was relegating Will Arnett to a subsidiary character while Stephen Amell as Casey Jones is a definite upgrade.

The movie’s biggest problem is that it is incredibly lazy in its construction.  I don’t know what was in the script but the film is full of convenient events such as the crooked bar tender who happens to have a GPS tracker to allow Casey Jones to find the location of some mobile phones.  Why would a purveyor of black market ‘clean’ phones have a tracker to allow others to find the new owners?  The movie fails (I think) to fully explain all of the relationships such as why is Stockton helping Shredder and how does Krang know about Shredder?  There is the classic scene when after a single speech by Krang, Shredder says sure I’m on board with your plan to destroy the planet.  It hasn’t entirely lost its Bayism’s as we have the obligatory Megan Fox dresses up as a schoolgirl scene in what is essentially a children’s film.

So while this film is a long way from good it is distressingly OK.  You never know by the time they make the third feature in the series it might be decent.  More turtles good, lazy film making bad.  My rating 2/5.

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