STARRING: Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar,
Mako, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Laurence Fishburne, Ziyi Zhang,
Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelley, Noah North
2007, 85 Minutes, Directed by: Kevin Munroe
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in an all-new CGI action adventure,
written and directed by Kevin Munroe. After the defeat of their old arch
nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to
keep them together, their rat sensei, Splinter (Mako), becomes worried when
strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Maximillian J.
Winters (Patrick Stewart) is raising up an army of ancient monsters, and only
one super-ninja fighting team can stop them - Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor),
Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) and Raphael (Nolan
North)! With the help of old allies April O'Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and
Casey Jones (Chris Evans), the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as
they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja
skills behind Winters' endeavours. —
Hardly as bad as most critics
made it out to be (31% on the RottenTomato.com scale is a bit unfair), this
recent computer-animated attempt to revive the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of the late-1980s/early-1990s is at worst
bland and unmemorable and average at best.
The animation is patchy:
fantastically detailed backgrounds are offset against designs of the humans that
simply look too “kiddie” and negates the more serious tone the movie is trying
to create. (The Turtles themselves comes off best in this particular medium.)
Some of the childish goofiness that marked the original TV show and previous
movies is missing and the plot is threadbare to say the least.
never outstays its welcome or bores. Kids —
in particular boys —
will lap it all up and ageing fans of the originals with lowered expectations
will have an okay-ish time.