Directed by Dave Green
Production Budget: 135 Million
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: 82 Million
Release Date: June 3rd, 2016
The turtles are hanging out at a basketball match watching from the rafters.
Vern “the Phoenix” has taken credit for the turtles defeating shredder (the first movie) and is now a national hero.
April O’Neil is tailing a scientist Dr Baxter Stockman, because he is apparently working with the Shredder.
Megan Fox is introduced and used Sexploitatively.
Michael Bay gives himself little in jokes with the cosplay Bumblebee as an obvious self parody of Transformers.
Casey Jones is introduced as a cop loading the Shredder into a Transporter van.
He is played by The Arrow himself, Stephen Amell.
The foot clan break out the Shredder and a typically high-octane Michael Bay style.
The turtles attempt to foil the Breakout and strangely Baxter who is called, orchestrating the Breakout remotely, recognizes the Turtles and their new vehicle even though it’s the first maiden voyage and mission.
The Shredder is teleported into Krang’s dimension by a requisitioned device Baxter has in his possession.
Krang is amazing, comedic yet homicidally fun.
Bebop and Rocksteady are recruited by the Shredder as errand boys. Why he needs them when he has an army of foot soldiers is odd but then all believability goes out the window with a story based around Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Casey Jones stakes out a bar to NAB Rocksteady and Bebop.
He collects a GPS device from the bartender to track their un-traceable cell phones, which makes no sense of course.
Even more unbelievable the two cell phones already have the names of the two Thugs Rocksteady and Bebop set up.
April steals the ooz after Baxter transforms Rocksteady and Bebop with a sample of it.
The foot soldiers and Pursuit April is rescued by Casey, and the Turtles team up with them.
Donnie figures out how to reverse engineer the Ooze to make them human.
Leo tells Donnie to keep it a secret.
This backfires when Raphael and Michelangelo confront Leo.
The team fractures.
On the trail of the Shredder Donnie and Leo go to the place where he was last Stealing parts of an alien device for Krang.
Using only an energy signature Donnie figures out exactly what the device Shredder is going to build is capable of.
I know he’s supposed to be a genius but he knows exactly how to create wormholes to other dimensions?
This is way too much to be believable.
The highlights of the film aside from Krang are the sky diving Turtles and the mid-air battle on a crashing plane.
Will Arnett also steals scenes as Vern.
Low points would be the sky portal itself, created by ground tech.
This is quickly becoming the most overused threat in comics to film adaptations.
We saw one of the season in finale of The Flash, not to mention Suicide Squad,Avengers, Hellboy… etc.
Wormholes seem to be the bad guys ex machina, To make any evil plans become an extinction level threat.
I think maybe there is a CGI project for the VFX animators since all these sky portals look the same.
To be fair, I remember a fair share of sky portals in the cartoon series as well.
There’s a cute Princess Bride homage with Rocksteady’s response in ac three to Casey. “as you wish”
Krang betrays shredder, predictably.
There’s a MacGyver coincidence at 1:36 when Casey finds random junk that’s perfect to craft into do it yourself roller blades.
Casey Jones seems Miscast as a character that feels like he should be a lot younger.
Too much is left unanswered to feel completely satisfied with that ending.
Such as what has happened to the Shredder? What happens to Baxter? Bebop and Rocksteady who survive a grenade blast are still also out there somewhere.
The film is missing a dramatic action opportunity with never having the turtles face-off against the Shredder.
Not to mention that all of the Turtles voices seem too old to be teenagers.
That being said this would probably be a fairly satisfying romp for Young teens but just not as cool as it should be for a cult comic book such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Either it should be played more for the laughs or be edgier rather than exploitative to keep the interest of the younger teens and young adults.