It is once more confirmed that the current wave of adaptations and remakes as risk-avoidance strategies continues to flourish. In New York infested with evil thugs, the journalist April O'Neil witnesses mutant turtles fighting back and starts to decipher secrets about their connected childhood. In this CGI heavy version of ninja turtles, they are portrayed in an aesthetically crude manner. Rough skinned and all muscled up, these turtles are no longer those cute cartoon figures. The pellmell of youth culture elements such as hip hop, rapping, martial arts, and fascination with superheroes makes the film light-hearted and at times humorous, but meanwhile feels dangerously like a déjà-vu.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (U.S. 2014), with Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner. Starts Oct 16.