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'TMNT' is not all bad

April 10, 2007|by BRAD SMITH/Pulse Correspondent

Movie review

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might seem like a mixed-up premise for any kind of story. But it turns out to be one of the best ideas ever to be thought of by man. Being a huge fan of cartoons and movies from back in the day, I might be considered biased. But my bias aside, "TMNT" turned out to be way better than expected.

"TMNT" is not based on the Saturday morning cartoon version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or a rethinking of a popular series, as in the "Spider-man" movies. The movie is more of a continuation of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies from the late '80s and early '90s.

Though I hate the film's pathetic concept of Leonardo leaving for years and coming back to his brothers, "Superman Returns"-style, it works rather well for "TMNT."

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There are some disappointments in the movie. My major problem is the villain. It's not Shredder. It has been more than 10 years since the last Ninja Turtle movie and the producers didn't even bring back the turtles' nemesis.

Also, I would have liked to have seen this film in live action instead of computer-generated animation. There have been many advancements in special effects over the last 10 years. The moviemakers could have accomplished what they were trying to do with the first three films.

Finally, people in "TMNT" look too much like characters from a Disney movie, like something out of "The Incredibles."

Disappointments aside, "TMNT" has turned out to be worthy of being added to my DVD collection. The characters from my childhood are re-created beautifully. I give it 9 "cowabunga dudes!" out of 10.

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