The “Heroes in a Half Shell” are back in the 3D live-action, sci-fi reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” based on the franchise of the same name. The film hits the theaters on Aug. 8, 2014. It stars Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, William Fichtner and Will Arnett. It is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and is produced by Michael Bay, known for his films such as “Armageddon” (1998), “Pearl Harbor” (2001) and “Transformers” series (2007–present). Read on for the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” synopsis and review.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Synopsis and Review:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything, from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman with a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, producer Michael Bay (the blockbuster “Transformers” franchise) and director Jonathan Liebesman (“Wrath of the Titans”) bring “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.
True to its origins, the films starts with an animated prologue that explains how our heroes in a half shell came to be from a lab experiment, then taking up refuge in the sewers of New York.
Years later, New York has become home to crime and the corrupt as Shredder (William Fichtner), and his evil ninja clan, the Foot Clan, has gained control of the city, from the police to the politicians and almost everything. As bleak as things may seem, Shredder’s plans are thwarted by the four ninja brothers.
TV news reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) soon discovers the brothers’ identities — brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michael Angelo and Donatello — warned by their wise mentor and father figure, the anthropomorphic rodent, Splinter, not to reveal their selves above ground. April must now work with the turtles in order to save the city and foil Shredder’s diabolical plan.
Earlier, Michael Bay revealed at Nickelodeon’s 2012 upfront presentation that the working project will be shortly titled “Ninja Turtles,” with the turtle’s origins of alien descent. These changes spurned criticism from within the fan community, and in response to the feedback, Bay issued a statement asking fans to calm down since a script has not been finalized yet. His team is working closely with the creators and would include all the elements from the original franchise.
“Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have delivered a back-to-basics origin saga that is neither a particularly good movie nor the pop-cultural travesty that some were dreading the film manifests all the usual attributes of a Bay production — chaotic action, crass side jokes, visual-effects overkill, Megan Fox — but is nowhere near “Transformers”-level off-putting,” says Variety’s Justin Chang in his review.
All in all, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is a must-see movie for families and for all ages. Its action scenes are quite stunning and exhilarating while staying true to the turtles origins. The movie will appeal to new generation of young fans while maintaining a surprisingly strong hold on nostalgic adults.
There you have it for the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” synopsis and review. It opens in theaters on Aug. 8, 2014. For more updates and reviews about upcoming films, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.
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