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|Originaltitel:||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Genre:||Action, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 102 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
What began as an underground comic in 1984 soon became a phenomenon that is still extremely successful after more than twenty-five years. Whether as a comic, TV series, computer game or feature film - the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are cult. Reason enough to finally release the four mutated turtles on the big screen again after a seven-year break.
Produced by Michael Bay, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" tells the story of the committed young reporter April O`Neil (Megan Fox), who finally wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues and superiors and therefore dares to tell a particularly hot story: she wants to find out about a mysterious gang of criminals, who are terrifying New York. During her research she encounters a mysterious stranger who seems to make life difficult for the gangsters. When he also shows up at a hostage-taking in the New York subway, April is following his heels. But even a tough journalist like April can't resist what she discovers: the unknown is four masked heroes who are not humans, but mutated teenage turtles - the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! April does not have long time to overcome the first shock, because the evil ninja master Shredder and his henchmen could bring an unimaginable catastrophe over New York. And only the Ninja Turtles Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo can prevent this with the help of April and their cameraman Vern (Will Arnett). Cowabunga!
The Ninja Turtles were actually conceived as a parody of the very successful comic series "Daredevil" and "Ronin" and were clearly aimed at an adult target audience. But the path from the underground to commerce turned the pizza-loving turtles into heroes for the nursery, which was especially noticeable in the second and third feature films and a short-lived real TV series. Although the spiritual fathers of the Turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, have repeatedly tried to create more mature Turtle comics as well, marketing strategists have always aimed at children.
This is also the message of this latest feature film by director Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans"). Many of the action sequences are cut too fast and simply too gloomy, especially for little Turtle fans, which is why the 12 release of the movie is absolutely justified. However, the not exactly subversive humor, which also includes the obligatory fart gag, and the Turtles' coolness-oriented slogans make it clear that the makers have a young target group in mind, who come into contact with the comic heroes for the first time here. This also explains the reworked look of the Ninja Turtles, with which many fans of the first hour have a hard time making friends.
It can't really be said that "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" would be a really good movie. Neither the script nor the actors are really convincing and the look of the movie, which strongly reminds of Bay's "Transformers" movies, lacks any originality like the whole production. It would therefore be seriously doubtful that the Turtles would ever have become the cult figures they are today if they had started with this film. Nevertheless: as pure popcorn entertainment true to the motto "brain out - eyes open" the whole thing works very well. The movie is fun in its very simple way and the action, even though it may be uninspired, is really thrilling. Megan Fox is also here again in the first place something for the man's eye. However, in view of the very thin script and the very one-dimensional character drawing she does her job surprisingly well. Although Will Arnett and William Fichtner are obviously completely underchallenged, they nevertheless deliver decent performances. And even though the story itself doesn't offer a lot of new stuff, the movie isn't just boring for a second.
Whoever can get away from the classic image of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and just wants to get some fun, cracking entertainment cinema of the brand Michael Bay with lots of great special effects, gets a lot for his money here. However, those who hoped for clever humor, an interesting story and the charm of the old movies as well as the action will be bitterly disappointed. Therefore the following applies: with small reservations definitely worth seeing!
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