Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
THE HEROES IN A HALF SHELL MAKE A LONG OVERDUE RETURN
The heroes in a half-shell get ready to go full on at theatres.
Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville Genre: Action Out: August 08, 2014
Whether or not you’re of the opinion that Hollywood’s bigwigs have run out of ideas and are too happy to sit back and rely on reboots, the fact that there’s a brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on the way in August can surely be no bad thing.
As children of the 80s (and early 90s) the majority of us here at TekSavvy Insider have been looking forward to this one from the minute it was announced, and not even the involvement of Michael “who cares about the story, we’ve got explosions” Bay or bizarre rumours of an extraterrestrial origin story have been unable to dampen our excitement for this flick.
Bay serves as producer here, with directorial duties left to Jonathan Liebesman, the up and upcoming South African director behind The Killing Room, Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans. While none of those movies will be troubling any “best of” lists any time soon, they were all very capable genre pieces that managed to go about their jobs in a solid and measured manner, suggesting that Liebesman, 37, could be one to keep an eye on.
Bay’s involvement, however limited it turns out to be, raised plenty of eyebrows among TMNT aficionados when it was announced, and that’s a key issue that TMNT will need to sidestep on its launch. That certainly wasn’t helped by some of the more outlandish rumours to circulate about the movie.
Everything from alien turtles to major rewrites of the series’ historical canon has set the internet alight with angry comments, but it looks as though common sense has prevailed and things will follow a more familiar path (although whether that’s necessarily a good thing remains to be seen).
The strength of the cast may surprise some, with Megan Fox stepping into the shoes of the iconic April O’Neill, while the ever-wonderful William Fichtner tackles Shredder/Eric Sachs (a nice play on Oroku Sacki, the character’s real name in the comic book universe) and Canadian William Arnett provides some comic relief as the hapless Vernon Fenwick – hopefully without having the character’s unabashed campiness dialled down too much.
Voice work for the fearless foursome come courtesy of Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello) Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) and Alan Ritchson (Raphael), with Tony Shalhoub bringing the group’s leader, Splinter, to life. While early footage suggested that TMNT would be quite dark, insiders claim it has recreated the overall tone of the comics, so fans of the group’s light-hearted quips and observations should find plenty to enjoy.
With so much riding on this flick for Liebesman, we’re hoping he can deliver when TMNT hits theatres on August 8th.