Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello are genetically mutated turtles that fight crime on the streets of New York City. They are trained to be ninjas by their father, Splinter, who is a genetically mutated rat. Together they must stop the evil Shredder from taking over the city.
I was fairly excited to hear that there was going to be a live action reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise but skeptical at the same time. With most reboots these days, it can be very tough to achieve success from it. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles) was brought onto direct this film and that was my first worry. He doesn't have a great track record of directing films. I had some fun while watching this film but it had plenty of problems.
My biggest problem with this film is how we are told the story of the turtles. It's hard to tell if the goal was to tell an origin story or just lightly brush over their past since most people know how they came to be. It seems that more emphasis was put on the story of April O'Neil played by Megan Fox. With the time that was put into her story, there could have been a lot more character development of the turtles. I felt I wasn't given the chance to connect with them or get to know the relationship between the brothers. Because of this, a lot of the emotional scenes between them didn't really work because I didn't care much for the characters. It seemed that Michelangelo was given the most lines because he provided most of the comedic relief. Leonardo is supposed to be the leader and I can't remember any lines he spoke or any scenes that he shined in. Leonardo and Raphael had taken a back seat so that Michelangelo and Donatello can give out the laughs. In the end I felt like I didn't know any of them which is very disappointing.
With that being said, I still had some fun with TMNT. There were some great action sequences especially one that took place on a snowy mountain. The fight scenes were well choreographed. I think that's all I liked about the film. Guess it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought.
If you're going to see TMNT, you're better off seeing Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time. If you haven't see Guardians at all yet, not sure what you're waiting for. A TMNT sequel has already been announced and I hope it will be a far greater improvement than this one. You are better off saving your money and skipping out on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the theater.
2 out of 5 - Disappointing