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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.

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Jonathan Liebesman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Fox ... April O'Neil
Will Arnett ... Vern Fenwick
William Fichtner ... Eric Sacks
Alan Ritchson ... Raphael
Noel Fisher ... Michelangelo
Pete Ploszek ... Leonardo
Johnny Knoxville ... Leonardo (voice)
Jeremy Howard ... Donatello
Danny Woodburn ... Splinter
Tony Shalhoub ... Splinter (voice)
Tohoru Masamune ... Shredder
Whoopi Goldberg ... Bernadette Thompson
Minae Noji ... Karai
Abby Elliott ... Taylor
Madison Mason ... Councilman
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Storyline

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 and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Mysterious. Dangerous. Reptilious. You've never seen heroes like this. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja Turtles See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,575,105, 8 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$191,204,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$493,333,584
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Splinter trains his sons using a regimen called "Hashi", which is the Japanese word for "bridge", showing that building and strengthening muscles is just as important as building and strengthening the bond between the team (hence building a bridge). "Hashi", pronounced slightly differently, is also the Japanese word for "chopsticks". Another movie that highlights this subtle difference is "Mr. Baseball" starring Tom Selleck as an American baseball player winding down his career in Japan, and trying to give a "building a bridge" speech in Japanese to his Japanese teammates. See more »

Goofs

Consistent with TMNT lore, Raphael holds his sais with two fingers over the "yoku", or curved part of the sai. No one who is even remotely trained in sai-jutsu, or using sais in combat, would hold them in this fashion as it defeats the purpose of the weapon. See more »

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Splinter: You are extraordinary, my sons. Unlike anything the world has ever seen. Bowed in greatness, destined to protect the people of New York! A dark force is growing: a criminal organization known as the Foot Clan, so named because they step over the good people of this city with no regard. Their leader, Shredder, will come at you with ferocity. His Foot Clan will outnumber you! The people of New York will look upon you as their only hope. Eyes focused! Elbows locked! Stance lowered! Be...
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So, you're... Ninja Mutant Turtle Teenagers?
6 August 2014 | by CowherPowerForeverSee all my reviews

After years of trying to bring this franchise back to the big screen, Michael Bay and his company, Platinum Dunes was able to do it. Sadly, the effort was just as sad most of the recent Michael Bay films. Without Bay behind the camera on this project, we are left with an even worse story(if that is possible), and just awful action. This is my review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The film was written by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Evan Daugherty. Appkebaum and Nemec recently worked on the smash hit from 2011, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. While Daugherty is more popularly known for witting the recent film, Divergent. With the talent level behind this film, I'm surprised at how downright awful the story was written. It is true that a director can change things around but, on this movie I know of nothing like that happening, so the blame goes to this writing crew. The story is very quick, and rushes downright absurd backstories, only to force us sub-par action scenes for most of the movie. So, basically this is your average Michael Bay film, only this time Bay is only the Producer. Having let the movie sit in for a bit, I honestly see no good in this story at all. As I said it is rushed very quickly, to push the Bay style of a film. Not sure who to blame for sure, these writers are better than this, and the effort on this film was very poor.

The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Liebesman recently directed Wrath of the Titans(not an awful film at all in my opinion). His effort in this film was very poor. The action scenes seemed very forced, and look like garbage. The CGI was some of the worst I've seen in a big blockbuster like this. The acting from Meagan Fox, is as you would expect, garbage. This is nothing new and should be expected by now. Even the great William Fichtner(Eric Sacks) feels wasted in this film. That is a shame since Fichtner is one of the best actors today. Voice over work wasn't bad but, having Johnny Knoxville voice Leonardo was an awful casting decision. He literally adds an element of awful that I didn't seem coming. From the first time we hear him, you just want to punch the screen. It doesn't get any better. So, Liebesman gets a big fat failing grade for this film.

Brian Tyler composed the score for this film, and also scored the film, Into the Storm, which will be released on the same day as this film oddly enough. Just as his effort was underwhelming in that film, I also thought it was mostly underwhelming in this film. There are a few action scenes where his talent is used nicely but, overall it is nothing special.

Overall, this film is simply awful, and a giant waste of time. Sure the die-hard fans will rush out to see this movie but, a nickles worth of free advice, it will ruin your hopes. Children will likely want to see this movie as well but, be warned parents, there is a good bit of heavy action. For the rest who were on the fence to being with, if you really want to see this film, just wait until it is on home video. This is a rental at best, and even then it is a waste of perfectly good money.

I went to a RealD 3D showing and will have some comments on that as well. The 3D scenes are pretty bad. Nothing that keeps you from paying attention during the film though. It adds very little depth and even less in items of popping out at the screen. So, if you truly do go out and see this film, then bypassing the 3D is the best option. Save that extra money.

2/10


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