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TMNT (2007)

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5.7
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13 votes
Movie Connections:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:... (1987)
> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... (1991)
> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
> TMNT (2007)
> Casey Jones (2011)
> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Superhero Film
Director:
Kevin Munroe Kevin Munroe
Starring:
Chris Evans Chris Evans
Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar
Mako Mako
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith
Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart
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Review by 385
Added: August 25, 2007
Like I mentioned when I reviewed the first series, I grew up a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles. The original movies were all fantastic, and admittedly, I never really grew up when it comes to my movie tastes. When I saw the trailer for this new movie (based on the new animated series' continuity), I had some mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I was hyped to see some new Turtle action, but on the other I never really followed the new series, plus I'm not very fond of full CGI movies. At the end of the day though, I was pleasantly surprised.

Three thousand years ago, a warlord named Yaotl and his army conquered a Central American city. After winning the battle, Yaotl opens a portal to another dimension, a phenomenon that can only be performed every three millenia, due to a series of stars aligning correctly. The effects of the portal granted the warlord immortality; however it also turned his four generals to stone and released thirteen monsters into our world, which decimates Yaotl's army. Fast-forward to present-day, and the leader of the Turtles, Leonardo, is in Central America on a training mission. While there, he meets up with April O'Neil, who's on assignment transporting ancient statues for her boss, Max Winters. She tells Leo that in his year long absence, his brothers have lost their focus. Donatello is running a tech-support company and Michelangelo is making appearances at kid's birthday parties. Raphael has apparently taken his departure worst of all; he has become severely withdrawn and just sleeps all day. Little, do they all know that Raph is actually spending his nights as a vigilante crime fighter known as The Nightwatcher. Even with this depressing news, Leo still feels like he has not reached his potential and stays in Central America. Unable to persuade him to leave, she returns to the states and brings the statues to Winters. These statues are the four generals frozen three thousand years ago, who Winters brings back to life. Also, he has hired the remnants of the Foot Clan to hunt down the monsters lose in the city. Obviously, Winters is the warlord from long ago, atoning for his mistake. As luck would have it, April's little pep talk has persuaded Leo to return. With the turtles four again, they have to find out what Winters is up to and stop him. However, their greatest problem lies within the group, with Leo and Raph's rivalry taken to an entirely new level.

As you can tell, this story is a lot more cartoony from the original movies. This is mostly due to the choice of making the movie entirely out of CGI. I already said I wasn't a fan of the full CGI style, and this one is no exception. Fortunately, here it's only a minor gripe, since the body structure of the character's is the only thing thats overly cartoony. The fighting and whatnot are all decently realistic, save a few brief maneuvers. Storyline wise, this one is actually decently solid. Granted, there's a few points that stem directly from the series, but most of the story is self contained with Winters. The high point of the plot, hands down, is the feud between Raphael and Leonardo. They've never quite seen eye to eye, but here it's taking to a whole new level. Granted, the emphasis placed on this conflict does sort of leave Don and Mike getting shafted a bit, but since Raph was always my favorite, it didn't bother me much.

On the voice side of the table, there were no real complaints. Not quite as good as the original four, but hey, I'm biased. We've also got Sarah Michelle Gellar voicing April, and Chris Evans doing Casey Jones. Out of the six of them, all of them sound so much younger then their 90's counterparts. Not a real problem I guess, but it bothered me. And I'm all but obligated to bring up that Splinter's voice was done by Mako, who died just one day after his part was announced. Fortunately, he finished all his lines before his death.

Maybe it's not fair to compare this one to the original so much, but that's not to say this one is a bad movie by any means. Despite my ill reserves, I was rather pleased with this one. 7.5/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 08/26/2007, 02:49 PM
Sorry. These just aren't the Ninja Turtles I know and love. Just pretenders. 2/10.
Edd #2: Edd - added 03/31/2008, 09:58 AM
I couldn't believe how much I actually liked this movie once I sat down and gave it a chance. 7/10
Rest Easy Soul #3: Rest Easy Soul - added 01/24/2010, 08:17 PM
Loved it. Nostalgia.
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