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Bettie's Box Office: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review
Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 11:22 PM CDT
The “heroes on the half-shell” are back.
In the 90’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all the craze. There were comic books, lunchboxes, TV shows, action figures – and a so-so movie. Now, they’ve been rebooted in a movie with the same name that also stars Megan Fox as a tenacious television reporter looking for her big story.
The special effects are one of the few things in the movie that are "kowabunga" quality. The big, brawny turtle guys not only look real, their facial expressions and mouth movements are believable, too.
What hasn’t improved, though, is the ability to write a good script around the reptiles. The teenage-level banter between the turtles can be funny but, overall, the story doesn’t give you any emotional connection to the four brothers and relies too much on long speeches and flash-backs.
Ultimately, TMNT will probably only satisfy the pre-teens in the audience and will leave everyone else looking for the nearest showing of Guardians of the Galaxy. Save it to your DVD list.
TMNT is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and opens in theaters on Friday, August 8.