"TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES" in 3D from Paramount opens Fri., Aug. 8, 2014.
STARRING: Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher Jeremy Howard, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Johnny Knoxville (voice) and Tony Shalhoub (voice).
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Liebesman ("Clash of the Titans")
SYNOPSIS: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder (William Fichtner) and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future looks grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
Guess who took acting classes and learned to act--a little. A little more than she could. Yup! Megan Fox. It's hard to believe but she actually does a really good job with this role. Producer Michael Bay gave her another chance following their blow-up after Transformers: Dark of the Moon (when he fired her from that franchise). Whatever had their panties all bunched up is all better now and here she is again.
Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) appeared locally on the KQRS Morning Show earlier today (Wed., Aug. 6, 2014) and declared this film to be the most fun he's had on a set. He said that "doing motion-capture work was an interesting challenge that really didn't take much longer than any other format." "You still have to wait until things are ready," he said. "It was a good experience."
People who enjoyed director Liebesman's work on Clash of the Titans will enjoy his work on this reboot. As usual, critical reception has been extremely negative but it really doesn't matter. Everything Michael Bay is associated with gets negative reaction. If you're a fan of the TMNT franchise and comic books, etc., go--enjoy--make up your own mind. It won't be the best grossing or most interesting movie of the weekend but it should recoup part of that $125 million it cost. It better. There are two sequels on the way.