By Mitch Emerson
March 23, 2007 - 13:15
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ziyi Zhang, Chris Evans, Mako
Directed by: Kevin Munroe
Produced by: Peter Laird, Francis Kao, Gary Richardson
Release Date: March 23rd, 2007
Distributors: Warner Bros. Distribution
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, Master Splinter,
becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City.
Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient
monsters to apparently take over the world. And only one super-ninja
fighting team can stop them-those heroes in a half shell-Leonardo,
Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael! With the help of old allies
April O'Neil and Casey Jones, 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' endeavors. -Yahoo
Story wise, I didn't really get into it
until about halfway through. The ball really gets rolling after the
diner scene (with guest voice Kevin Smith as the diner owner) with
the aforementioned rooftop battle and then the climax of the film.
The beginning was just setup and I understand, but they could have
sped it up a little. What really makes it interesting is that there
is some unexpected developments for Winters and I won't say any more
as it could be construed as a spoiler. Let's just say that there is a
twist or two that I didn't see coming that made for a nice touch.
All in all TMNT is a pretty faithful
blend of the first two live action films and the original comics
while still having a tone of it's own. With great animation and a
healthy dollop of humor, you won't be disappointed. Now you purists
out there may have noticed that I haven't mentioned where this fits
in with existing continuity. And honestly, it doesn't really matter
but if you really want to know, TMNT supposedly is a “loose”
sequel that takes place between the first and the second live action
movie even though there are some nods to all three movies. Mainly in
Splinters trophy room.
Cowabunga dudes and dudettes!
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