More cacophonous than cinematic, and loses the quirky charm of the cartoon in the avalanche of computer-generated violence.
Your 11-year-old is going to love this film. Then he'll grow up and wonder what he was thinking.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is a Saturday morning cartoon on Michael Bay steroids. For the under 12 set, that's fine. For the rest of us? It's something to actively avoid.
Like a well-plated but nutrition-free meal, it registers on the senses while being bad for you.
Out Of The Shadows is every bit as mercenary, nonsensical, and loud as a typical Michael Bay production (the pop soundtrack cues may be even louder, and make even less sense).
Take one part 3-D visual bombast, add a healthy dose of non-stop action and sprinkle in one helluva silly storyline -- plus those fast-talking, even faster-moving hard-shell siblings -- and you have the essence of [TMNT: Out of the Shadows].
Every bit as noisy, brain-numbing and lowbrow as its predecessor, the Michael Bay production never strays from basic blockbuster formula.
To say that this installment of the latter series is superior to its predecessor is damning it with faint praise, but it's likely to reasonably satisfy tykes (and certain nostalgic oldsters-you know who you are).
The Turtles' place in today's superhero landscape is an odd one, operating somewhere ibetween Marvel's streamlined efficiency and DC's foreboding inconsistency. Out of the Shadows tries to incorporate elements of both and ends up a soupy mess.