~~August 16, 2014~~
If you have been following this blog, you may be aware that I have several grandkids. One of the many things I enjoy doing with them is going to the movies. The adventures began when I started taking Angelika, the oldest, to movies that she would want to see.
If wasn’t long before Connor, her younger brother wanted to have these adventures with “Mina” (that’s how they call me). Yesterday … it was adventure time for ConnorMan. We went to see the “TMNT“.
To tell you the truth, I thought that I’d be bored to heck and wait for it to be over. That wasn’t the case. I was drawn in, into the action, the plot, the characters. Needless to say, it was a very pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it as much as ConnorMan did!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often shortened to TMNT or Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, named after four Renaissance artists, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated animals, and alien invaders while attempting to remain isolated from society.
The characters originated in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book before their expansion into a cartoon series, films, video games, toys, and other general merchandise. During the peak of the franchise’s popularity in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, it gained considerable worldwide success and fame.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and stars Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, William Fichtner, and Will Arnett.
The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009. It was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on August 8, 2014. A sequel is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016.
April O’Neil, a reporter for Channel 6 news in New York, has been researching a gang called the Foot Clan which has been terrorizing the city. She questions a dock worker about shipments of chemicals that may be linked to the Foot Clan. April eventually learns that something is being brought in by the docks. That night, she returns and sees the Foot Clan unloading cargo. April tries to record footage using her phone, but a shadowy figure arrives and takes out the Foot Soldiers one by one. She tells her coworkers and her boss, but no one believes her story.
The Foot Clan next attacks a subway station. April rushes to the scene, hoping to encounter the vigilante (or at least find evidence confirming his existence). She sees four figures this time, who disappear after defeating the Foot Clan. She follows them to a rooftop and tries to photograph them. The Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael notice her and delete the camera’s images, warning her not to divulge their existence. She asks them who they are as they leave, and they say, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
April runs home and opens a box filled with documents, pictures, and videos on “Project Renaissance“, which involved her now-deceased father. She notices that the turtles she cared for from her father’s laboratory fifteen years earlier seem similar to the Ninja Turtles. She recalls that her father was developing some type of mutagen. She continues researching and eventually realizes that the Ninja Turtles are the turtles from the laboratory.
Once again, she tries to convince her boss, Bernadette Thompson, that the Turtles are real. Bernadette becomes so infuriated that she fires April. April tries telling her cameraman boyfriend Vernon about them, but he does not believe her either. He does agree to take her to the old laboratory, though. There she finds her father’s lab partner, Eric Sacks.
April tells him about the Ninja Turtles, showing him the photos. Sacks explains Project Renaissance: he and her father were cultivating the mutagen for its healing properties. Sacks theorizes that, when the laboratory was destroyed, the mutagen must have somehow caused the turtles to mutate into humanoids.
Meanwhile in the sewers, the Turtles tell their master, Splinter, that April has spotted them. Splinter orders them to find April and bring her to their lair, as she is now in great danger from the Foot Clan since she made contact with the Turtles.
The Turtles find April and blindfold her so she won’t know their lair’s location. They take her to Splinter, who explains how she saved their lives years before when she rescued them from the fire and released them into the sewers. April admits that she has told her father’s associate about them, unaware that Sacks is actually allied with the Foot Clan’s leader, The Shredder.
Meanwhile, Sacks relays the information to Shredder. Shredder and Sacks plan to spread a deadly virus throughout New York, causing a quarantine, in order to seize control by offering the mutagen as a cure. Shredder needs to kidnap the Turtles and extract the mutagen from their blood.
He and his gang find Splinter and the Turtles in the sewers, and a battle ensues. Shredder captures Leo, Donnie and Mikey and leaves Splinter severely injured. Raphael is (so far) the only turtle left to survive the wreckage of their home while the Foot Clan presumably claims to be dead in the riot. April (who has managed to hide during the melee) tries to dig Splinter out from under the rubble. Raphael emerges and helps. April then tries to tend to Splinter’s wounds. Splinter instructs Raphael and April to save the other three Turtles before Shredder can extract the mutagen from them. April calls Vernon to give them a ride to the laboratory where the other three Turtles are being held.
When they arrive, April frees the Turtles, who join Raphael in fighting Shredder, but Shredder defeats them (again) and escapes. April, the Turtles, and Vernon escape to the Turtles’ lair to regroup.
The Turtles plan to attack Shredder on the rooftop of Sacks’ building before he is able to release the toxin, while April and Vernon search for the mutagen inside the building. April finds it and heads onto the rooftop to give it to the Turtles. With April’s help, the Turtles finally defeat Shredder, who falls off the roof.
After the Turtles retreat to the sewers, Shredder inadvertently gets tub full of mutagen on his suit
(This could possibly mean that Shredder could enter a mutation in the sequel).
~~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Trailer~~
~~Published on Jun 24, 2014~~
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
~~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles~~
~~Published on Aug 30, 2013~~
Photos from the filming of TMNT 2014.
Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptilian warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.
It was fun!!
We ALL are ONE!!