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Film review: Teenage Mutant Turtles

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The heroes in a half-shell are back in ‘Out of the Shadows’, a sequel teeming with action, goofy escapades and CGI effects.

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This film is an improvement on 2014’s big-screen reboot because it captures the anarchic energy and fun tone of the original animated series. Children will enjoy its relentless exuberance and the repartee between the bulked-up CGI turtles.

Producer Michael Bay and director Dave Green also give plenty of nods to Bay’s Transformers movies.

In order to take over the world, escaped convict Shredder unites with mad scientist Baxter Stockman. They are assisted by Bebop and Rocksteady – a pair of mindless henchmen.

As Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael take on the bad guyes, they are aided by enterprising journalist April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick.

But soon they discover the world is also threatened by an evil alien named Krang.  Can the digitised, pizza-munching, sewer-dwelling heroes prevent world domination?

Like most superhero movies, Out of the Shadows doesn’t take itself too seriously. The filmmakers have recognised that the action has to have some rhythm, a jovial tone and a touch of personality, so despite a visual onslaught, the movie is entertaining mainly due to the shenanigans of the four turtles and a solid supporting cast.

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