TMNT 2 Out of the Shadows 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 – Out of the Shadows is a very faithful adaptation of the 80s cartoon series that we all know and love. It picks up in the wake of Shredder’s attack on New York City during which the Turtles slid back into the shadows and persuaded Channel 6 cameraman, Vern Fenwick, to take the credit for taking down Shredder and The Foot Clan. All is peaceful in NYC, as the Turtles only venture out after dark to keep the crime rate down.
All this is brought to a crashing halt when Shredder is freed while being transported to another prison, along with two other inmates: Rocksteady and Beebop, despite a courageous attempt to stop them by Prison Officer Casey Jones, and the Turtles. 
The film then becomes a battle to stop Shredder and his cronies from finding and creating a portal to allow Krang to travel to Earth and enslave humanity; it is also a battle between the four brothers to try to gel together and work as a team to save the Earth.
As a fan of the 80s cartoon, I was sceptical that this film would entertain, especially after the first TMNT film failed to hit the mark with many fans. It is a good cartoon-based, live-action film with some good, strong scenes. Personally, I would have liked more involvement from Casey Jones, played by Stephen Amell, and felt that the character was under-used; he was only armed with a hockey stick and a mask, rather than the usual bag of tricks. Still, Rocksteady, Beebop and Krang were all very faithful interpretations of the cartoon series, and all in all, this is a good, entertaining film for both the little ones and parents. Still not on the money for die-hard fans of the original, but compared to the first, it’s a great improvement.


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