"The Heroic Turtles Stay True to Their Name"
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The plot of this sequel doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor in cohesiveness or humor, but the third act is undoubtedly exciting. The worldview in OUT OF THE SHADDOWS is refreshingly positive, emphasizing family, courage, teamwork, and fighting against evil. Also, the underlying theme of refusing to be controlled by the perceptions of others is equally positive. However, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS contains some references to meditation, brief foul language and scary villains. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
(BBB, C, Ev, Pa, LL, VV, A) Strong moral worldview emphasizing family, courage, teamwork, redemptive forgiveness, and fighting against evil, with an additional theme of not being controlled by the perceptions of others, plus three different references to evolution and New Age pagan reference to meditation and reaching “nirvana”; six light obscenities (a**, d*** and b****) with one stronger obscenity (s***), and three light profanities; moderate action violence with hand to hand martial arts, explosions of vehicles, a plane crashes from the sky with characters inside it, car chases, partial city destruction, threat of world destruction, and a few mutants may be scary, including the alien/robot villain; no sexual content, but some light flirtation; no nudity, but female character wears some form fitting clothes, short skirts and at one point shows midriff, and the camera ogles in one instance; light alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else really objectionable, but there is a mention of the Big Bang.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is the second installment of the newly rebooted Ninja Turtles franchise. Just as loud and action packed, and nearly as fun, OUT OF THE SHADOWS may not be as big of a hit as the first one, but fans should enjoy this outing.
Hiding under the streets of New York City, the Turtles (Leonardo, Rafael, Michelangelo, and Donatello) still live in secret, even though they saved the city from the clutches of the villainous Shredder. The credit for Shredder’s capture went to the goofy TV camera operator, Vern Fenwick, who’s now enjoying his life of celebrity as the city’s protector.
When the police attempt to move Shredder, Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), a scientist who works for Shredder, uses alien technology, a teleport device, to help Shredder escape. This device first takes Shredder to Krang, an alien like creature embodied in a robot who wants Shredder to gather three alien devices that will together allow Krang to bring a warship through a portal and take over earth. Shredder agrees, but says he’ll need help to defeat his nemesis, the brother turtles. Krang gives Shredder a Retro-Mutagen that allows him to turn to common criminals, Bebop and Rocksteady, into mutant soldiers, taking shape as a giant warthog and rhinoceros.
Investigating Dr. Baxter is reporter April O’Neil, friend of the turtles. She warns them of Dr. Baxter’s plan. With the help of a street cop, Casey Jones, the team tries to stop the impending threat. However, the brothers struggle with not being accepted in the real world and get an opportunity to possibly be transformed into a human using the Retro-Mutagen. This creates a rift among the brothers. Will the turtles be able to accept who they are, and save the city and the world?
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS like all the Ninja Turtle movies before it won’t win over the critics, but the basic theme of brotherhood and fighting evil (and the celebration of pizza) continually wins over families. The turtles are loud, goofy and ultimately brave. While the plot of this sequel doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor in cohesiveness or humor, the third act is undoubtedly exciting, especially with the addition of fan favorite Casey Jones, who uses a hockey stick. Also, the busy CGI action borrowed from Producer Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMER series creates a sensory overload, which takes some time to enjoy. However, the over the top science fiction elements will please the target audience.
The worldview in OUT OF THE SHADDOWS is refreshingly positive, emphasizing family, courage, teamwork, and fighting against evil. Also, the underlying theme of refusing to be controlled by the perceptions of others is equally positive. However, there is a very brief reference to meditation and reaching nirvana from the turtles father Splinter, as well as some references to evolution. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS also contains some brief foul language, moderate action violence, some scary bad guys, and a fixation on April O’Neil’s tight-fitting clothes. So, caution is advised for older children.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is fairly appropriate, however, some minor obscenities, moderate action violence and camera fixation on April O’Neil’s body requires moderate caution.