Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

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This sequel to the 2014 Michael Bay-ified Ninja Turtles movie introduces new villains into the mix - Bebop and Rocksteady - as well as the sporty vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell, Arrow). Don't worry, Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back.

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Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Blockbuster

112mins

Rating: PG Violence & scary scenes

USA

TMNT sequel Out of the Shadows (making the first one What We Do in the Shadows?) wastes little time setting out its stall. Four CGI heroes in half shells leap and gallivant around the Big Apple on their way to scoffing pizza and getting an even better Madison Square Garden vantage point for tip-off than Jack Nicholson. Shortly after, a bewigged Megan Fox shoplifts and partially disrobes her way through a busy train station, blending in with similarly underdressed college co-eds as she pursues a hot lead. So far, so (barely) pubescent.

As you’ll gather from the above, Out of the Shadows doesn’t do much differently to its predecessor - and there’s no real reason to do so when that 2014 effort netted almost half a billion US dollars.

There are some areas of improvement, though, stemming from the addition of further franchise favourites. Evil Krang, the cackling alien brain in a brawny body, looks great, not deviating far from previous depictions, and set to be a kids’ favourite whether screaming out of the screen or smearing tentacle mucous on Shredder’s face. His hopeless henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady also feature, robust mutant foes who offer more resistance and slapstick humour than regular human footsoldiers. Even Tyler Perry is a welcome presence as a severely Neil DeGrasse Tyson-inspired evil scientist.

On the heroic side, hockey stick-wielding Casey Jones (Arrow’s Stephen Armell) is a bit of a limp addition though - far short of the crazy vigilante fans will be accustomed to. And the turtles themselves still often look, well, a bit too mutated to the human eye.

If this seems like a surface-deep analysis, there’s really not much more to get stuck into. Aimed squarely at kids, and with yet another reimagining feeling inevitable in a decade’s time, this is time-killing multiplex-filler for kids, and nothing more.

Total Film (UK)

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A watery diversion in the Brazilian rainforest apart, this noisy, repetitive, nonsensical franchise-extender is a turtle waste of time.

Guardian (UK)

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Longer, louder and boasting even more hardware, it does everything to generate the illusion of bleeding-edge bang-per-buck, while cribbing shamelessly from 1991's Secret of the Ooze.

Empire (UK)

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Considerably better than its predecessor, the central four may give it their all but the people behind this franchise sadly don't seem all that interested...

Washington Post

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Neither an embarrassment nor a triumph, it is nevertheless an improvement over the last film.

Hollywood Reporter

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The film fares best when it slows down a bit and allows the Turtles' personalities, which are quite engaging, to shine through via their amusing comic banter.

Variety (USA)

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Visual spectacle still takes precedence over coherent plotting...

New York Times

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This movie is, it happens, easier to sit through than the 2014 film.

Los Angeles Times

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Overshadowed by noise and sludge.

Could of been a lot better

Mmmm the only thing that saved this movie was the Turtles!! Everything else seemed to lacking in story line!! Was Awesome seeing "Bebop and Rocksteady" again thou. The 1st TMNT was so much better


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is a dumb guilty pleasure. The script and Megan Fox and Will Arnett's acting is pretty bad, but I like the Turtles, good VFX and the action is entertaining. I feel bad for enjoying these movies, but I had a good time. Grade: B-