Half-baked ac­tion does he­roes no favours

The Invercargill Eye - - OUT & ABOUT - STEVE NEWALL

Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles se­quel Out of the Shad­ows (mak­ing the first one What We Do in the Shad­ows?) wastes lit­tle time set­ting out its stall.

Four CGI he­roes in half shells leap and gal­li­vant around the Big Apple on their way to scoff­ing pizza and get­ting an even bet­ter Madison Square Gar­den van­tage point for tip-off than Jack Ni­chol­son.

Shortly af­ter, a be­wigged Me­gan Fox shoplifts and par­tially dis­robes her way through a busy train sta­tion, blend­ing in with sim­i­larly un­der­dressed col­lege co-eds as she pur­sues a hot lead. So far, so (barely) pubescent.

As you’ll gather from the above, Out of the Shad­ows doesn’t do much dif­fer­ently to its pre­de­ces­sor – and there’s no real rea­son to do so when that 2014 ef­fort net­ted al­most half-a-bil­lion US dol­lars.

There are some ar­eas of im­prove­ment, though, stem­ming from the ad­di­tion of fur­ther fran­chise favourites.

Evil Krang, the cack­ling alien brain in a brawny body, looks great, not de­vi­at­ing far from pre­vi­ous de­pic­tions, and set to be a kids’ favourite, whether scream­ing out of the screen or smear­ing ten­ta­cle mu­cous on Shred­der’s face.

His hope­less hench­men Be­bop and Rock­steady also fea­ture, ro­bust mu­tant foes who of­fer more re­sis­tance and slap­stick hu­mour than reg­u­lar hu­man foot sol­diers.

Even Tyler Perry is a wel­come pres­ence as a se­verely Neil DeGrasse Tyson-in­spired evil sci­en­tist.

On the heroic side, hockey stick-wield­ing Casey Jones ( Ar­row’s Stephen Amell) is a bit of a limp ad­di­tion though – far short of the crazy vig­i­lante fans will be ac­cus­tomed to.

And the tur­tles them­selves still of­ten look, well, a bit too mu­tated to the hu­man eye.

If this seems like a sur­facedeep anal­y­sis, there’s re­ally not much more to get stuck into.

Aimed squarely at kids, and with yet another re-imag­in­ing feel­ing in­evitable in a decade’s time, this is time-killing mul­ti­plex-filler for kids. Di­rected by David Green Star­ring Me­gan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Ar­nett

112 mins

Aimed squarely at kids, ex­cept for per­haps the pres­ence of Me­gan Fox, Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: Out of the Shad­ows is time-killing mul­ti­plex-filler.

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