Any child of the eighties remembers the cartoons. ThunderCats, He-Man & The Masters of The Universe, She-Ra, and even The Bionic 6! However, none of these comes close to the power and popularity of four mean, green, and shelled crimefighters–The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)! After more than a decade off screen in live action; the Turtles, Master Splinter, April O’Neal, and The Shredder are back and as awesome as ever!
As you recall, their origins are steeped in science and chance contact. Five tiny turtles were found in the sewer by a reclusive martial artist. He takes them as his pets until he, and they, are exposed to a radioactive substance called “ooze.” All five of them are mutated. The Turtles since they had been in contact with his human form become humanoid; and their owner, Splinter, becomes a humanoid rat due to his previous interaction with those sewer creatures. Splinter raises The Turtles as his son and pupils, training them in the art and fighting style of ninjitsu. Their isolated world is rocked, however, when they cross paths with New York reporter, April O’Neal (Megan Fox), and must save the city from the threat of The Shredder and his Foot Clan.
This latest film in the TMNT franchise is an attempted reboot. Gone are actors in costumes, instead advanced CGI is the craftsmen bringing The Turtles to life. From what we can see from the previews and posters the Turtles each still have their traditional personalities and roles. Each of them looks realistic and simply bad ass! The fighting scenes with The Shredder are the most riveting. Traditionally, he has not engaged them in hand to hand combat so powerfully–or been as big as a Transformer! I am finally glad this version of the super villain is more ballsy and menacing. As you may recall, The Shredder of the original animated series was such a moron he makes the members of Team Rocket look like geniuses! It is time to be a kid again or simply enjoy your childhood! Catch The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters everywhere August 8th!