Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns and this latest adaptation will not please the die hard fans. The decision to center the show on Megan Fox, who plays April O’ Neil, shows that Michael Bay has chosen to put beauty and sex appeal forefront. The film centers around her character’s discovery of the turtles in a ludicrous plot. Her lackluster performance brought on major yawns, but thankfully the witty turtle repartee and action scenes save the film from being a total disaster.  A weak plot, bad acting, the token hot babe, and CGI violence. Reminds me of Transformers, no wait, that’s Michael Bay too. She needs to stop the thing she does with her lips, its getting annoying. 

Leo is the leader, Donnie is the tech nerd, Raph is the massive outlaw and Mikey is the one turtle that justifies the Teenage in the title. As a matter of fact, if there’s only one reason for you to see this movie, it’s strictly for Mikey’s hilarious one-liners. After a while, you’d realize that it’s pointless spending energy getting mad at the movie.


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 & 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.

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, and Minae Noji
Written by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick, and Ian Bryce
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: August 8, 2014

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