Paramount Pictures released 25 new stills from the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” just one day before sweeping into theaters. The exciting new shots bring fans up close and personal to the beloved turtles along with April O’Neil, Shredder and Splinter. Check out some of the stills below!
Jonathan Liebesman’s re-creation of TMNT follows Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Leonardo (Johnny Knoxville), Donatello (Jeremy Howard) and Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) as they rise out of the sewers to save New York City from the deadly grip of Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and his Evil Foot clan. The mutant teenagers team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) as they fight to shake Shredder’s influence over police officers and political leaders.
Several of the new stills take fans underground, where Splinter (Tony Shalhoub) trains the turtles while depict battle scenes above ground. In one of the shots, we can see a floor-to-ceiling arraignment of boom boxes, proving the film hasn’t fully evolved with the digital age. Behind the scenes snaps showcase motion-capture’s impressive capabilities as Fox stands beside her TMNT co-stars before they were transformed into animated turtles.
Will Arnett also stars in the film as April’s wise-cracking cameraman and comedian Whoopi Goldberg will appear as Bernadette Thompson. The Michael Bay produced film has come under fire by critics claiming the motion picture won’t live up to the hype.
Variety said of the film, "Much slicker-looking but less endearing than its ’90s live-action predecessors, the film manifests all the usual attributes of a Bay production — chaotic action, crass side jokes, visual-effects overkill, Megan Fox — but is nowhere near “Transformers”-level off-putting."
According to The Wrap, "There are a few thrills and a few laughs in this re-jiggered, CGI-heavy re-imagining of the comic book/TV/movie superstars, but even by kid-movie standards, it's a hollow experience."
Fans will have to see for themselves if TMNT is truly as bad as some critics suggest. While it will be hard to knock Marvel powerhouse “Guardians of the Galaxy” from the top of the box office, ticket sales will prove success or failure. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opens in theaters on August 8th.