Daily Archives: October 30, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tohoru Masamune
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Plot: When a kingpin threatens New York City, a news reporter find a quad of mutants which makes an alliance to unravel Shredder’s plan as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Review: We all know the story by now. 4 mutant turtles are raised in the sewers on NYC by a giant rat, who teaches them the way of Ninjutsu, to protect the city from the likes of Shredder and the Foot.
The action and SPX were good to a point, then it started to comes across more like Transformers. (Especially when Shredder dons his armor suit).
Megan Fox plays the role of April O’Neil. The wanna-be journo who is stuck with doing bits on trivial going’s on in the city, while she desperately aspires to be “a real journalist”. I will just say here that her character comes across much like Fox’s acting… Desperate. Ms Fox may be attractive, but, her acting abilities are very much lacking. It is obvious she struggles with any real depth in making a character believable. A good portion of this film seemed to be dedicated and focused on Ms Fox, rather than the story of the TMNT.
Will Arnett plays the role of Vernon Fenwick, April’s “sorta” love interest and partner in filming crime. Vernon is the stereotypical character who constantly makes with the bad pick-up lines, and always helping April out of at a drop of a hat. (Doesn’t this guy have a real life?)
Tohoru Masamune plays the role of Shredder. The badass of the film. While the back-story on this guy goes completely off the rails compared to the original films, his acting was okay.
I did think that the film could have stuck with the original plot, of Splinter being raised (more or less) by Shredder, to give the film more credibility. But, in this version, our pal, Splinter, is the “lab rat” (no pun intended), who is injected with test mutagen to see what the effects would be. When a fire destroys the lab, April (the child) saves the turtles and rat by dumping them in the sewer (great job!). It is in the sewers that Splinter becomes a ninja master, all by reading a book he so “conveniently” finds. With no sparring partner or mentor of his own to instruct him in the ways of Ninjutsu, Splinter becomes a ninja master and then instructs his clan of 4 mutated turtles in the ways of being ninja’s. Hmmmm. Too many plot holes here that it does my head in 🙂
I was sadly disappointed that this film went completely off track from the original storyline. And for those who watched the original animated cartoon series, and the original movies, you will know the back-story all too well.
The only redeeming feature of this film was the epic fight scene between Shredder and Splinter. For that I give a huge thumbs up. But the rest of the film was sadly lacking.
I will say that as far as appealing to kids, this is not a film I would allow my 6 year old son to watch. The original films, yes, but not this.
Verdict: Watch the original instead. More entertaining!
My Rating: 5 out of 10.
Into The Storm (2014)
Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Nathan Kress, Max Deacon, Alycia Debnam Carey
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Plot: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Review: Into The Storm is a film told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople. Not since Twister have we seen Mother Nature at her most extreme. Probably with one exception.. This tornado is bigger!
The film is set in the town of Silverton, Oklahoma. While students and people of the community are at the graduation day for the seniors, a deadly storm is about to hit town. At the same time an experienced storm chaser and his team, have tracked the storm to Silverton; they’re hoping to capture tornado footage for a documentary movie they’re filming. The storm turns out to be much bigger, and more dangerous, than even they anticipated.
The special effects in this film were absolutely brilliant, and the plot development of each of the characters was nicely put together. While there was some comedy relief from two yoboo’s (Donk & Reevis) – who set out in the blind ambition to become famous amateur YouTubers – I do personally think that their stupidity could have been left out.
It was awesome to see Sarah Wayne Callies in this film, as one of the storm chasers. (For those who are fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you will remember her better as Lori Grimes). Allison is doing this gig for the money, and having spent the last three months away from her mom and little girl, she is looking forward to finishing this gig and heading home.
Matt Walsh plays the role of Pete, the self-absorbed storm-chaser who is determined to get the footage he wants for his movie to get more funding, so he can do what he loves most…. Pimping his Storm-chaser mobile and getting footage of awesome tornadoes.
While the main plot focuses on Pete and his team, the sideline story comes nicely into play with British actor, Richard Armitage playing the role of Vice-Principal, Gary Morris, who has asked his two sons, Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress), to film a “time capsule” video of the seniors to review in 25 years. During the first of several storms, he finds out that his oldest son, Donnie, is missing. Gary sets off on his own mission to find his son. His efforts see him team up with the storm-chasers and eventually find his son, and his son’s hopeful girlfriend.
This film explores various angles, and the lives of 3 groups of people (the storm-chasers, the VP and his boys, and the 2 rednecks). Combine this all together with a series of tornadoes, and you have a winning combination.
Watch for the tornado of fire, and the “monster tornado” which throws airplanes like they are tissue paper 🙂
Verdict: What Twister Should Have Been…
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10