Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
112 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review


After facing Shredder, who has joined forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) is a PG-13 1h 52 min American science-fiction action adventure comedy film that was based on Mirage Studios characters of the same name. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the sixth film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and is a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). The grossed over $245 million from a $135 million budget. Director Dave Green (Earth to Echo (2014), Meltdown (2009), New Romance (2011)) gave fans what they have been waiting for, and that is an adventurous movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows revolves around the turtles trying to stop Shredder ( Brian Tee - Jurassic World (2015), The Wolverine (2013), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)) from destroying the world after his Foot Clan helped him escape. April O’Neil and Casey Jones helps the turtles in any way they can, especially after the Turtles discover that there is a serum that can turn humans into monsters and turn huge turtles into humans. Bebop and Rocksteady are two people that were transformed into gigantic monsters.

A few main characters are:

- Leonardo (Pete Ploszek - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teen Wolf (2016-2017), Outage: WME (2012)) is the leader of his brothers and carries a pair of Katanas in battle.

- Raphael ( Alan Ritchson - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Blue Mountain State (2010-2011)) The hot-headed brother who wields a pair of Sais in battle.

- Michelangelo ( Noel Fisher - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Shameless (2011-2016)) is the light-hearted one that loves to do pranks on others and carries a pair of nunchucks.

- Donatello ( Jeremy Howard - Mighty Med (2014-2015), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Accepted (2006)) is the intelligent brother that builds machinery things/equipment and carries a bo-staff.

- April O’Neil ( Megan Fox - Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Jennifer’s Body (2009)) works for Channel 6 as a reporter and helps the turtles fight Shredder and his gang.

- Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly - WWE Raw (1995-2017), WWE Smackdown! (2010-2016), The Escapist (2008)) was genetically mutated into an anthropomorphic rhinoceros and is Bebop’s criminal partner.

- Bebop ( Gary Anthony Williams - The Boondocks (2005-2014), The Internship (2013), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)) was genetically mutated into an anthropomorphic warthog and is Rocksteady’s criminal partner.

- Casey Jones (Stephen Amell - Arrow (2012-2018)) was a corrections officer who became a vigilante that wears a hockey mask and has a lead pipe as his weapon. Casey becomes friends with the turtles.

- Splinter (Peter Donald Badalamenti II - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Bad Boys II (2003)) is the turtle’s father, master, and mentor but he did not have a significant role in this film.

I love how the turtles/brothers were energetic, adventurous, enjoyable to watch, fun, caring, easy on the eyes unlike the last movie and was incredibly well executed. The special effects were extremely impressive, and Casey Jones (The Green Arrow) was the added touch that made the movie all the better as he adds charisma and energy to the role. I was thrilled watching all of the action scenes as the special effects and CGI was solid.

I dislike the script which was a bit goofy although there was some logic to the screenplay, some turtle fans may want to see the four turtles they grew up with who loves pizza. The final act was not well thought out as it was all over the place and was a cliche to other superhero films. It would have been nice to see Splinter having a bit more to his role and also it would have been nice if Shredder’s role was not so bland.

About Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Original Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Year: 2016
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Diezel Ramos, William Fichtner, Tony Shalhoub, Danny Woodburn, Denney Pierce, Will Arnett, Megan Fox, Laura Linney, Doris McCarthy, Marko Caka, Michael D. Joseph, Brian Tee, Antoinette Kalaj, Alan Ritchson, Prashant Rai, Jeremy Howard, Judith Hoag, Noel Fisher, Dean Winters, Mick O'Rourke, Gary Anthony Williams, Liam Ferguson, Jane Wu, Anthony Pasqua, Mark Doherty, Arielle Ingrassia-Smith, Melanie Blake Roth, Robert Clohessy, James Zeiss, Chris J. Cullen
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman
Director: Dave Green