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Published December 13th 2014
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Four Genetically mutated turtles and rat, dwell in the grimy sewers of New York City after a fire destroyed the laboratory from which they were concocted and sent them astray into the unknown.
As the rat, known as Master Splinter and the four turtles: Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo & Donatello begin to grow, they find that the cells placed within them grant extraordinary powers and strength.
Master Splinter takes the four brother's as his son's and teaches them Ninjutsu to great effect; their performance is enhanced exceptionally in the risk of losing a slice of pizza (especially with cheese & tomato as a main topping).
The film also stars Megan Fox as the 'damsel in distress' type character April O'Neil. A character who ironically saves all the lives of the turtles including Master Splinter during the destruction of the lab, but henceforth needs saving from imminent death and danger every other moment.
Enter Shredder; a highly skilled master of ninjutsu; master of stealth, with genius-level intellect - master strategic in peak physical condition - who happens to be the arch nemesis of Master Splinter and thus the turtles too.
However... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebesman packs less so of a punch than potentially possible. This is due to the enthused concentration on characters that are less important than others - April being one of them and Eric Sacks being another.
Instead of building a rapport with the ninja turtles and the rivalry they have with each other and that of Shredder, we are offered an almost exclusive human story, under such a title as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Most reviews written about this film rate it as a mediocre attempt, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but understand that from a purist's perspective; a lot was lacking from this film.
With that said, numbers tend to speak louder than words, and after attaining much success at the box office, I am sure a sequel is in the works.
Juran Coward is really a lover of the written word and consequently his reviews are a pleasure to read whether one likes the films or not . There is a different perspective on "teenage mutant ninja turtles"