Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Director: Jonathan Liebesman, Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek

Cast: Jonathan Liebesman, Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek

     
 

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Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay present this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise with Wrath of the Titans' helmer Jonathan Liebesman directing. The sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City's police and politicians,

Overview

Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay present this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise with Wrath of the Titans' helmer Jonathan Liebesman directing. The sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City's police and politicians, leaving his ruthless Foot Clan to spread chaos in the streets. With no prospects for salvation in sight, mutant crime-fighters Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello, and Michaelangelo leap into action. They put up a fierce fight, too, though in order to truly defeat Shredder, the heroes in a half shell will need the help of courageous reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her quick witted cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) as well. With their help, Shredder's plan will quickly unravel, and this once-great city will rise again.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
If movie studios were monsters, Platinum Dunes would be Dracula. Founded by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form back in 2001, the studio seemed to exist solely to suck the life out of beloved horror properties such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. But you can only plunder one genre for so long before the fans start to take notice, and with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bay and company shift their focus to comic books in an apparent bid to cash in on the Comic-Con crowd's increasing domination of mainstream cinema. And though the lack of inspiration is still plain to see, the most surprising aspect of the studio's latest exercise in the derivative is that it may well be their best film to date. Opening with a striking animated sequence detailing how the villainous Shredder and his dreaded Foot Clan slowly gained a stronghold in New York City, the movie then introduces us to ambitious news reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) as she chases an important lead down by the docks. When that story falls through, she phones in a fluff piece on fitness with the help of her smitten cameraman Vern (Will Arnett). That night, April returns to the docks for another interview, and watches in amazement as a shadowy vigilante thwarts a Foot Clan heist. Later, after April covers a speech by local scientist and philanthropist Eric Sachs (William Fichtner), who worked with her late father before he was killed in a tragic lab accident, she witnesses the Foot Clan taking hostages in the subway. In a flash, the thugs are neutralized by four masked figures who beat a hasty retreat up to the rooftops. Following them, April discovers that the shadowy heroes are in fact Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello, four six-foot-tall turtles who mastered the art of Ninjutsu under their rodent mentor Splinter. Those fighting skills come in handy when April and her new friends stumble upon a sinister plot to unleash a lethal chemical over the city in a diabolical bid to win a lucrative government contract. Given that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone through several incarnations since their comic-book conception, it was inevitable that screenwriters Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Evan Daugherty would have taken some liberties with the established lore. Yet unlike previous Platinum Dunes atrocities, the screenwriting team here manage to keep the spirit of the characters intact, even if the details seem slightly off. In addition to giving each of the turtles distinctive personalities, Appelbaum, Nemec, and Daugherty have fashioned a script that moves along at a satisfying pace. Sure, there's the occasional lapse in logic, but those are the moments when it pays to remember that you're watching a movie about giant crime-fighting, pizza-munching turtles with juvenile personalities. Meanwhile, Jonathan Liebesman's efficient direction perfectly complements the nimble script -- thanks in no small part to editors Joel Negron and Glen Scantlebury, who keep the action moving at an exciting clip (especially in a showstopping chase scene set atop a snowy mountain ridge and the dizzying climactic fight). It certainly isn't high art, but like the "froth" atop Vern's savory cup of coffee, it's an airy confection that gives the familiar just enough sweetness to go down smoothly.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2014
UPC:
0032429204912
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
9,331

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Megan Fox April O'Neil
Alan Ritchson Raphael
Pete Ploszek Leonardo
Jeremy Howard Donatello
Johnny Knoxville Leonardo (voice)
Noel Fisher Michaelangelo
Will Arnett Vern Fenwick
Tony Shalhoub Splinter (voice)
Danny Woodburn Splinter
William Fichtner Eric Sacks
Tohoru Masamune Shredder
Whoopi Goldberg Bernadette Thompson
Minae Noji Karai
Abby Elliott Taylor
Madison Mason Councilman
Taran Killam McNaughton
K. Todd Freeman Dr. Baxter Stockman
Paul Fitzgerald Dr. O'Neil
Malina Weissman Young April O'Neil
Venida Evans Subway Hostage
Mikal A. Vega Sacks Bodyguard
Braeson Herold Reporter
Chris Wylde Reporter
Chance Kelly Mr. Rivetti
Rick Chambers News Anchor
Leyna Nguyen News Anchor
Derek Mears Dojo Ninja

Technical Credits
Jonathan Liebesman Director
Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Walter Anderson Sound Mixer
Josh Appelbaum Screenwriter
Coy Aune Camera Operator
Michael Bay Producer
Rori Bergman Casting
Patrick Capone Cinematographer
Chris Castaldi Asst. Director
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Scott Dace Animator
Burt Dalton Special Effects Supervisor
Michael Dharney Animator
Thierry DiDonna Animator
Brian Eyre Animator
Patricio Farrell Art Director
Simon Fillat Animator
Harry Green Animator
Basil Bryant Grillo Associate Producer
Ryan Hayford Animator
Jason Herschaft Animator
Travis Howe Animator
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Jason W. Jennings Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Kalyn Animator
Peter Kelly Animator
Gufran Khan Production Manager
Kevin Labanowich Animator
Christian Liliedahl Animator
Miguel Lopez-Castillo Art Director
Duane Manwiller Camera Operator
Ina Marczinczik Animator
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Chris McGaw Animator
Lee McNair Animator
Jon Mead Animator
Neil Michka Animator
Adrian Millington Animator
André Nemec Screenwriter
Marc Pappalardo Associate Producer
Alexander Poei Animator
Mathew Price Sound Mixer
Brett Purmal Animator
Mark Della Rossa Animator
Bret Rowe Associate Producer
William Sarokin Sound Mixer
J.D. Schwalm Special Effects Supervisor
Lori Scowley Associate Producer
Keith A. Sintay Animator
Anand Somasundaran Animator
Denis L. Stewart Producer
Rini Sugianto Animator
Blaine Toderian Animator
Mark Trapenberg Asst. Director
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Luis Carlos Uribe Animator
Tannis Vallely Casting
Cassius Vaz Production Manager
Christopher Walsh Animator
Phan Wiantrakoon Animator
Andy Wong Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1. Chapter 1 [2:42]
2. Chapter 2 [3:18]
3. Chapter 3 [2:37]
4. Chapter 4 [3:13]
5. Chapter 5 [:12]
6. Chapter 6 [:09]
7. Chapter 7 [:12]
8. Chapter 8 [1:10]
9. Chapter 9 [2:25]
10. Chapter 10 [6:00]
11. Chapter 11 [:08]
12. Chapter 12 [6:11]
13. Chapter 13 [3:00]
14. Chapter 14 [2:38]
15. Chapter 15 [4:02]
16. Chapter 16 [2:32]
17. Chapter 17 [1:17]
18. Chapter 18 [:15]
19. Chapter 19 [:02]
20. Chapter 20 [4:51]
21. Chapter 21 [:23]
22. Chapter 22 [1:08]
23. Chapter 23 [7:09]
24. Chapter 24 [:37]
25. Chapter 25 [4:20]
26. Chapter 26 [2:47]
27. Chapter 27 [4:14]
28. Chapter 28 [1:31]
29. Chapter 29 [6:11]
30. Chapter 30 [1:48]
31. Chapter 31 [6:51]
32. Chapter 32 [:51]
33. Chapter 33 [5:12]
34. Chapter 34 [:02]
35. Chapter 35 [3:56]
36. Chapter 36 [6:57]
37. Chapter 37 [:06]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LeeLeeSmith More than 1 year ago
My kids loved this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SydneyShepherd11 More than 1 year ago
It's not as good as the original. Still, it's not what we all thought it would be-a disappointment. It's fun and funny in its own way. Mikey being the standout. Splinter is a little creepy but that's easy to get past. Megan Fox isn't my ideal April but she does okay. The potential for this series is there and I can't wait to see more.