The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get rebooted for the 21st century in a new film directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay. Despite a few nice moments, the movie is forgettable, but won’t necessarily tarnish the often-goofy franchise.
In the film, the mysterious Foot Clan is the source of lots of crime in New York City, but a recent dip in the crime wave is attributed to William Sacks (William Fichtner) and his technology. However, while investigating the Foot, TV journalist April O’Neil (Megan Fox) sees a superstrong vigilante at work stopping the Clan. As she investigates the clan, she’s led to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, whose origins tie into the mystery of her father’s death.
The four turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello — were part of Project Renaissance, which April’s father intended to help save humanity from disease and ruin. But the project was destroyed, and the turtles went underground. They were raised by the rat Splinter, who was made larger and intelligent by the same mutagen that affected the Turtles.
The Turtles only get personalities in broad strokes, though they will at least be familiar to watchers of the cartoon or readers of the comics. Leonardo is the leader; Raphael, the broody loner; Michelangelo, the goofy fun-lover; and Donatello, the tech genius.
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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
PG-13 1:41 11/2 stars
Starring: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett. (Sci-fi action violence)