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the ninja tur­tles are here!

TV Plus (South Africa) - - FRAME BY FRAME -

Kids from the ’80s and ’90s know all about the teenage mu­tant ninja tur­tles and their fight against the evil shred­der. now the “he­roes in the half shell” are back and the ac­tion starts with wannabe jour­nal­ist april o’neil (megan fox) record­ing a hostage sit­u­a­tion in the sub­way that goes hor­ri­bly wrong for the foot sol­diers, who’re beaten by an un­seen force. when she sneaks video footage of leonardo, donatello, raphael and michelan­gelo, the tur­tles are left with no op­tion but to take her to their sewer lair to meet mas­ter splin­ter. their ori­gins are re­vealed and it turns out that april and the guys have his­tory, which their enemies shred­der and busi­ness­man eric sacks (wil­liam ficht­ner) use to their ad­van­tage to kid­nap three of the group and drain their bod­ies of the in­valu­able mu­ta­gen cours­ing through their veins. it’s now up to raphael to put his train­ing and anger to good use and res­cue his broth­ers be­fore they’re killed. Why it’s hot: it’s di­rected by jonathan liebesman, the man be­hind 2011’s battle los an­ge­les and 2012’s wrath of the ti­tans, so it’s epic from the start. but there’s more – it’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by michael bay: you know, the guy who blew up the movie world with the trans­form­ers movies (2007-cur­rent), so there are loads of ex­plo­sions and ac­tion. the cgi mak­ing the tur­tles real is bril­liant, megan is per­fect as april and the best bit is that it stays true to tur­tle folk­lore, with mu­ta­gen trans­form­ing the tur­tles and the shred­der be­ing an an­cient ja­panese war­lord.

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