Recently broken out of police custody by his Foot Clan, Oroku Saki aka The Shredder (Brian Tee) starts gathering the necessary pieces to build a inter-dimensional portal; a gateway to the mysterious (and unnamed) Dimension X. If completed, the portal would allow General Kraang (Brad Garrett) to pass through; allowing him to assemble his Technodrome, a war machine that would surely end humanity. Helping with the portal project is rogue scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry). His expertise in inter-dimensional transit suggests that our four reptilian heroes have little time to spare before the apocalypse.
Back in 2014 I was cautiously optimistic about a potential Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Then came the rumors about major changes to the origin story. The Turtles being from space or something equally ridiculous. So, I refused to see it. Two years later we have a new move and rumors about a mysterious “ooze”. Against my better judgement, I decide to give TMNT: Out of the Shadows a chance.
Let’s just say mistakes were made.
TMNT: Out of the Shadows is big on nostalgia. Through its wafer thin plot, the film touches on key elements that are true to the origin story. The characters look the part and the overall slick visuals are on par with other films from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production house.
The major problems with Out of the Shadows being in conception. New characters and elements are introduced, but they’re missing that engaging origin story that was so successful 30 years ago. Granted, I didn’t expect concert from the near 50-year-old Vanilla Ice, as was in the original film series. However, updating the story doesn’t mean change the components of its intrigue.
I could go on about how Megan Fox was miscast as the annoyingly resourceful reporter April O’Neill, or the mischaracterization of Dr. Baxter Stockman. Out of the Shadows feels like a bigger movie that had its minor, but necessary plot details cut, reducing the film to a polished series of set pieces that’s fun for neither kids nor adults.
Rated: PG-13 @ 112 mins
Note: In 3D, IMAX 3d, D-BOX and 4DX where available.