Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Saturday, 04 April 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Fantasy violence.

  • The pitch:

    The pizza resistance.

  • Starring:

    Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Tony Shalhoub (voice), Brad Garrett

  • Directed by:

    Dave Green

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot at, hit with objects, kicked, punched, flipped, flicked, swiped at (knife), exploded (grenade), thrown from moving vehicles (truck/plane), thrown through the air/into objects, shoulder-charged, head-banged, slammed to the ground, shot with a serum dart, teleported, tasered (friendly), headbutted, elbowed, pursued, grabbed, kneed, slapped/hit, frozen, near-hit by cars, maimed, crushed, wrestled, near-blasted, arrested, bound, teased. Characters bump into one another, slide/fall from very high ledges. Vehicles rammed, flipped, crashed, exploded, burning. Rollovers. Plane, cars, truck, motorcycles crash. Reckless driving. Explosions. Armed personnel, tank. Businesses are smashed up; broken glass, property damage. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded. A buzzing insect is swatted. Theft. News reports headline a city under siege. Yelling, arguing, growling, scream. First degree murder, end of the world mentioned. Blood/gore: A character's arm is cut off. Scarred face. Image of changing human cells (darkened veins, reforming blood cells, restructuring DNA strands). Brain-shaped character with tentacles, sharp teeth and lots of saliva. Bulging eyeball. Nosebleeds mentioned. Skeletons/skulls (Halloween references).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Skimpy clothing, bare midriff, woman dressed in schoolgirl's outfit, cleavage. Magazine cover of people in swimwear. Shirtless characters. Two male characters look down their trousers and seem impressed with what they see.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (characters are shot with a mind control serum). Alcohol (champagne, beer, shots); bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A-word, sonofab*tch, butt. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, brothers, teamwork, villains, New York City, evil plots, teleportation, portals, prison escapes, heroism, acceptance, ninjas, rivals, secrets, betrayal, nemeses, corruption, freefalling/skydiving, hockey, The Knicks.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Bar, detention centre settings. Planes, helicopter. Waterfalls, rapids, lightning, thunder. Turtles, rat, rhino, warthog, buzzing insect, tortoise, caged animals. Fart, spitting, used chewing gum. Bright light flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Energetic, fun, silly, entertaining, shiny, colourful, loud, gleeful, grim. Amiable/goofball humour, effortless/seamless CGI, good relationship-building between the Turtles, well-staged action sequences, slick technical credits, targeted at kids.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Noisy, nonsensical, empty, messy, uninspired, bland, patience-testing, lowbrow, witless, long. Thin/incoherent plot, uninteresting human characters, halfhearted fun, strict blockbuster formula.

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