TMNT 2: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Movie Review by The Commander


2 (out of 4 stars)

If you loved the original 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, you are definitely going to love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.  Of course, if you're not into this type of the movie, then stay away, because it could become a little addictive.


In this episode, we find cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) being honored at a NY Nicks basketball game for his role in saving NYC from the evil Shredder, accepting the honor from the real heroes, (guess who?) by design.  It is important for our real heroes to remain in the darkness of night, as to not expose themselves to residents of NYC for fear of rebuke.  Once again, our intrepid reporter, April O’Neil, (Megan Fox) is snooping around renowned scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) for his involvement with the evil Shredder (Brian Tee) and his plan to break him out of prison, using a teleporter device he invented.


But something goes wrong, and Shredder is teleported to another dimension, where he meets warlord Krang who sends Shredder back to Earth with the task of assembling a weapon scattered around the globe with the intent to destroy and enslave mankind (are you following me?).  Aided by a mutagen concoction that turns two dumb criminals into weird animal henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rockstead (WWE ‘Sheamus’ aka Stephen Farrelly), they try to gather the weapon’s parts and bring it back to Dr. Stockman’s lab for assembly.


Of course, no evil plan is that easy when you have the TMNT as an obstacle. Our heroes, Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello, (Jeremy Howard), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) reconnect with April O'Neil and reluctant “savior of NYC” cameraman, Vernon Fenwick, with an assist by new cast member, officer Casey Jones (Stephen Amell from the popular TV show, Arrow) to battle the evil forces during the daylight hours, exposing the TMNT to the New York City Police Department (hence the title, Out Of The Shadows).


Will the existence of the Turtles be a shock to the residents of New York City?  Will the NYPD aid or hinder the Turtles efforts?  Will April O’Neil hookup with Casey Jones or Donatello?  Will Vernon Fenwick make the free throw from half court?  What do you think?


If you like these kinds of movies, you'll love this one.  The script is good, lots of banter between the turtles and their human counterparts, just enough gags as not to be overbearing, and fun, fun, fun for everyone.  If it's not your type of movie (comic book heroes), then skip it.  There are plenty other movies out there that are guaranteed to bore you to death. 

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