Josh Appelbaum, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, André Nemec
June 3, 2016
IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS
WHAT IS OUT OF THE SHADOWS?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) is the sequel to the first 2014 film in the new series. The plot centers on Shredder’s freedom from prison and the renewed attempt by Krang to plunge New York City in a new darkness.
Though the film had an improved score of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, reviews were mixed and its box office performed less than the first one. Particularly, the plot seemed to lack focus and the characters were not fully developped.
As a result, Paramount Pictures greenlit a reboot. Let’s list the reasons why despite its problems, the movie deserved a sequel.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS INTRODUCED FAN-FAVORITES
When Shredder is broken out of prison, he recruits two criminals who were transported with him. However, he uses the mutagen Krang gave him to transform them into fan-favorites Bebop and Rocksteady! The duo end up being his henchmen.
When Shredded is on transit, he is being transported by correction officer Casey Jones. But the Foot Clan intercepts the convoy and it is up to Casey, April O’Neil and the turtle to stop their plan. In addition, he saves April and is her love interest.
THE FILM FOLLOWS THE TV SERIES
Accidentally, Shredder teleports to Kang’s dimension and the monster gives him the mutagen. Importantly, his mission is to activate a portal in New York that will allow Krang to invade and feed. Atop the Technodrome, the Turtles finally meet their match in one hulking android piloted by Krang!
Just as in the TV series, the Turtles must decide to come out of the shadows and show their existence to the public and the authorities. Moreover, they must choose between their mutation and saving humanity.
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The visuals in the movie more accurately reflect the world of the Turtles. The visuals are a hue of blue-green which fits the Turtles but also reflect the TV series and previous movies.
While the first movie emphasized martial arts and combat a lot. The second movie emphasizes more the sense of adventure and open air. The Turtles are ninjas, they are also teenagers who like to explore and find adventure in different situations.