The turtles are finally "Out of the Shadows" in this sequel to the blockbuster 2014 hit: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Michael Bay is one of the producers of this film so you are guaranteed a visceral and visual spectacle of flipped cars, explosions, mid-air plane leaps, and a chase over river rapids involving a tank. While CGI can be overbearing and obnoxious, Bay gives TMNT the same level of high-quality, realism that he crafted in "Transformers".
When Shredder escapes during a transport to another prison, the Turtles spring into action. The Shredder's plan is simple: Recover pieces of an alien device and use it to open a worm hole that allows an alien dictator to enter and destroy the earth. The Turtles also face a decision about whether to shed their shells and live life in the limelight or remain in the shadows as anonymous crime fighters.
Family audiences: The film has non-stop action and plenty of laughs. A lesson in the film is that siblings aren't perfect but their differences strengthen their relationship.
TMNT Fans: If you grew up with the comics and the TV show, you will understand all of the inside jokes -and they are perfectly placed! The action is blatantly fun and General Krang is brought from the pages of the comic book in his full, gooey glory. You won't be disappointed!
The only downfall of the film are the human actors: Tyler Perry is an awkward addition as the scientist who aids Shredder and Megan Fox ... well, attractive features do not an actor make. Stephen Amell ("Arrow") attempts to demonstrate actual acting prowess as the hockey-masked Casey Jones, but he's all alone amidst a hokey band of scene sharers.
Family Audiences: 3 out of 4
TMNT Fans: 3 out of 4
Action Fans: 3 out of 4