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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

SYNOPSIS: Shredder is on the loose again after a daring escape, when he teams up with extraterrestrial villain, Krang whose evil intentions are to take over New York City and the planet Earth. It is up to the Turtles Leo, Ralph, Donnie and Mickey to save the day - and the world.

Review by Louise Keller:
The formula is still the same and the comic-book fans seem to still be lapping it up - if the enthusiastic crowds lining the green carpet at the Sydney premiere of this boisterous 3D action adventure in 3D are any guide. There is non-stop action, quirky humour, dastardly villains and the unbridled enthusiasm of the four turtle action super heroes who give their all to save the world, between jives, spats and ongoing passion for pizza. It's loud and brash with a mindless plot involving a portal to another dimension and an intergalactic threat. For my money, it's too loud and mindless but who am I to argue with the fans? Besides, the KISS formula (Keep it Simple, Stupid) seems to work in this context.

After an opening scene in which the turtles are found eating pizza high above a basketball stadium, the action gets underway with a wild sequence in which the evil Shredder (Brian Tee) makes a daring escape from police custody, the Turtles hot in pursuit. Shredder is down the villain food chain this time: he is a tool for Krang (voiced by Brad Garrett), an extra terrestrial mushy pink disco-ball with beady eyes canine teeth that looks a lot like oozing internal organs. Disgusting is the word that comes to mind. He is out shadowed however, by the combo of low-life crims, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly), who are transformed into a rhinoceros and warthog with the help of some purple ooze. The sequence in which they ride motorcycles is incongruous to say the least.

Megan Fox provides the eye candy as the Turtles' ally, April O'Neil, Will Arnett returns as Vernon Fenwick, while Stephen Amell makes a charismatic Casey Jones (taking over from Chris Evans), keen to do anything to help realize his dream of becoming a detective. Plus there is Laura Linney, who keeps her credibility intact as the police chief and Splinter (voice of Tony Shalhoub) who has some good scenes. But of course, the stars are the four Turtles, distinguished by their coloured eye masks, who live by the ninja code of speed, stealth and honour. With their muscle, instinct, logic and heart, they set about to save the world - amid a frenzy of editing, pounding of music and the brilliance of CGI. Suffice to say, I was exhausted - winning formula or not.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (PG)
(US, 2016)

CAST: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Stephen Arnell, Laura Linney, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Brian Tee, Tony Shalhoub, Pete Ploszek, Stephen Farrelly, Jeremy Howard, Gary Anthony Williams, Brittany Ishibashi, Judith Hoag

VOICES: Brad Garrett

PRODUCER: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradely Fuller, Scott Mednick, Galen Walker

DIRECTOR: Dave Green

SCRIPT: Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec (characters by Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Lula Cravalho

EDITOR: Bob Ducsay, Jim May

MUSIC: Steve Jablonsky

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Martin Laing

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 9, 2016







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