by Gianfranco Human (Campus Dean of AFDA Durban)
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present a Platinum Dunes Production , A Gama Entertainment / Mednick Production / Smithrowe Entertainment Production, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The film is directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo) , written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and produced by Michael Bay (the blockbuster Transformers franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. The executive producers are Denis L. Stewart, Grant Curtis, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III, André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, and Tyler Perry. Rounding out the cast are Brian Tee, Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Brittany Ishibashi and Jane Wu.
When this trailer was released I could only but remember my childhood growing up with the teenage mutant ninja turtles on our television screens. I would literally rush home from school to be home in time to watch them. I had was fortunate enough to have all the action figures as well as the limited edition teddy bear versions of them. I still have those and cherish them hoping to one day pass them on to my children.
I rushed to the cinema to watch them on the big screen to come to life interacting with real people made me extremely excited. The cinema was full, the popcorn was fresh and coke Zero in hand I sat down to enjoy this production.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
This was a most enjoyable evening out in the end. One can never be too sure what to expect when it comes to films that are heavily reliant on Special Effects however they were engulfed in a real world seamlessly and interacted with “humans” spectacularly. They were believable and as an audience member you were drawn to your favourite character. Michalangelo is still my favourite.
Is it too violent for our younger audience? They are battling to save the world and there are some scenes that are high action combat but I would not say too violent however I think our youth would be blown away by the visual effects and the big bangs and explosions but will struggle to keep up with the pace of the movie. I felt you were given so much information about the plot and dazzled by visual effects that it was hard to keep up with what was going to happen next and where the plot was going.
A great night out and if you have seen the first one, be sure to go watch this one while it is still at the cinemas.
Tags: Baxter Stockman, Bebop, Casey Jones, Dave Green, Donatello, Leonardo, Megan Fox, Michael Bay, Michelangelo, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, Raphael, Rocksteady, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Transformers, Tyler Perry, visual effects