Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a 2016 American superhero film based on the fictional superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is the sixth theatrical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the second and final film in the reboot series, and a sequel to 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film was directed by Dave Green and written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. It stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee, and Tyler Perry. It premiered at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2016 and was released on June 3, 2016, in 3D, RealD 3D, 4DX and IMAX 3D, by Paramount Pictures.
The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Along for the ride are Bebop and Rocksteady, two dimwitted henchmen who provide plenty of muscle. Luckily, the turtles have their own allies in April O'Neil, Vernon Fenwick and Casey Jones, a hockey-masked vigilante. As the pizza-loving heroes prepare for battle, the notorious Krang also emerges to pose an even greater threat.
- Terrible acting, just like in the first film. The biggest offender is surprisingly enough Megan Fox. We say surprisingly enough because in the first film, she was at least invested and looked like she cared about the role.
- The story is really overstuffed with a rushed main plot, subplots that go nowhere, some scenes that go on too long, pretty much suffers from Spider-Man 3/Amazing Spider-Man 2 syndrome of having too many characters, and several stupid moments.
- Poor CGI, except on Krang.
- Unfunny and weak humor.
- Leo can be rather unlikable at times, especially when he says “there’s only one vote that counts in this family: mine!”
- Bebop and Rocksteady are so immature they act more like parodies of the original characters.
- April is somehow even more uninteresting this time, and Casey is basically a clone of Robin from Batman and Robin.
- The mystery of Shredder's identity is lost. In the first film, he's kept mostly in the shadows, and when he was in full light, his face was masked to hide his identity, adding to the intrigue factor. Here, he's almost entirely unmasked. There isn't even a big reveal of who he is, they just go "okay so this guy's Shredder now... cool? Cool."
- On top of that, Shredder looks very different than how he looked in the first film. There, he was a clean-shaven bald American looking man with weird marks all over his head, while here, he looks like a generic asian villain.
- One scene has April dress in a skimpy schoolgirl outfit in a film based off a kids cartoon, which serves no purpose other than fetish fuel.
- The film tries to force in an emotional aspect with how the Turtles are discriminated, but they almost immediately forget about it.
- Donatello's device is so overpowered that it tracks DNA!
- On the topic of Donatello, he seems to know what's going on despite having no information to support his research.
- Casey Jones acts almost nothing like his original character as a vigilante, as he only acts like a child who dreams of becoming a detective. In fact, most of his angry outbursts just feel like temper tantrums as a result.
- The subplot of Raphael becoming human through using Mutagen was just an excuse for the "Be yourself" cliché, which has been done so many times.
- The character played by Laura Linney only exists to say the information is false, even after she sees the Turtles right in front of her. At that point, she has no reason not to trust them!
- Casey Jones' trademark hockey mask only appears in just one scene.
- Much like every other film with the involvement of Michael Bay, there is an abundance of product placements, such as how the data April collected came from an iPad.
- Surprisingly, the pizza the turtles order in the beginning of the film was in a generic pizza box. Was Pizza Hut displeased with the last movie?
- According to this movie, humans have a gene connecting them to animals (what?!); this is just used as a lazy excuse for why Bebop and Rocksteady turn into their animal forms, when really, putting the ooze on them and merging them with the animals would've worked fine.
- The soundtrack is pretty decent by Steve Jablonsky.
- Good voice acting for the Turtles and Krang.
- Even if the CGI is terrible, it is somewhat an improvement over the first film, especially on Krang and the Turtles looking brighter.
- Still decent visual effects.
- Great action scenes, especially when the Turtles battle Bebop and Rocksteady.
- At least there is more focus on the Turtles again compared to the previous film.
- Not to mention, the film is kind of an improvement over the first reboot film.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, although many considered it an improvement over its predecessor. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 37% based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 4.69/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a slight improvement over its predecessor, but still lacks the wit or anarchic energy of the comics that birthed the franchise". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale, an improvement over the first film's "B".