Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Mike Matei / June 9th, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Review. The first Ninja Turtles movie to include Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady!


  • bud

    June 9, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but James has his hands up in the air and Mike has his arms crossed. I’m prepared for the worst…

    • Mogy Wang

      June 9, 2016 at 5:58 am


    • bud

      June 9, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Whew, I’m so glad you guys liked it! I recommended it a couple of videos back and I would have felt like a real asshole if you hated it.
      Definitely not as good as the original 1990 and 1991 movies, but light years above its 2014 predecessor. I also would have loved this movie more if I saw it as a kid. But after waiting this long, we finally got Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady in one movie (and even a reprise of the damn theme song)! Hopefully Baxter turns into the Fly in the next one (I was waiting for it all movie.)

  • yoyodave

    June 9, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Made me laugh right at the beginning of the video with the Krang and Bebop and Rocksteady in the shower lmao

  • Xen11

    June 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Haven’t watched the review video yet. I’d like to get my thoughts out before.

    I just saw the film today. I thought the initial one (2014) was great. It was surprisingly well-done and I was impressed with how wonderful the turtles were created in character and design.

    The sequel has all the perfect elements (classic cartoon characters we’ve waited most of our lives to see as live-action versions: Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang. We even got the turtle-mobile, whatever you call it, and the Technodrome along with another version of Casey Jones and Baxter Stockman, who actually cameoed in the last film. )
    It has the perfect subplot (if you can even call it that) for the four brothers with the purple ooze being able to turn them human and the potential conflict it can have. As well as the Turtles being seen as freaks by humanity if they reveal themselves.
    Perfect stuff for a TMNT movie.

    BUT THEY ABSOLUTELY WASTED EVERYTHING. Those wonderful subplots were never explored and totally wasted.


    They decide on the purple ooze DEFINITIVELY before the Technodrome incident!!!!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? They find out they can only stop it as turtles. Fine. Why not wait to use the purple ooze or decide on it AFTER the Technodrome? Why did Raphael throw it against the wall so hastily? Why was this not explored? Why was this film dumbed down to cater to retards and “children”?

    The initial film in 2014 had the perfect tone. This became the fucking Michael Bay Transformers series where the initial film was great but then it turns to absolute shit!!!!! Bebop and Rocksteady were too stupid with those awful jokes. Fart jokes for retards. This movie was made for retards.

    The action was unexciting. It was just completely flat. I was just thinking how, for the action stuff, this needed a Stephen Sommers (who did the wonderful The Mummy in 1999 and G.I.: The Rise Of Cobra).

    This movie was a total waste and in that process ruined everything we’ve been waiting for.

    I love Megan Fox as April. I really enjoyed Vern in this film for some reason. Tyler Perry’s impression of Neil Degrasse Tyson was freakin’ hilarious. I love the four turtles despite not really doing anything with them. Splinter is charming, but is barely in this film. The best scene was Donny revealing what the purple ooze could do and then Raph and Mikey knowing about it. But then they just kill this wonderful subplot without the proper exploration or drama.

    Fuck this movie.

    • bud

      June 9, 2016 at 6:53 am

      I kept thinking what an awesome twist it would be if they actually all took the purple ooze and became human. It would render the entire series completely useless! 😀

    • TheFreakMachine

      June 10, 2016 at 6:17 am

      A lot of words to say: “I don’t like it so it is for retards”.
      You really are wasting space man!

      • Xen11

        June 10, 2016 at 7:53 am

        Wrong. I don’t like it BECAUSE it is for retards.

  • June 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I’m absolutely loving just how much this movie seems to be embracing the source materials cartoonishly over-the-top lunacy.

  • Erwinator

    June 9, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Are there cinemas/theatres that don’t serve alcohol?

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

    One thing you guys keep mentioning is Tokka and Rahzar. The creators actually made Tokka and Rahzar because they didn’t want Bebop and Rocksteady in the film. Bepop and Rocksteady are actually created by the 1987 cartoon writers and I think Eastman and Laird wanted their own creations in the film rather than see more bepop and rocksteady.

    • June 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      James said in the video that the reason was they couldn’t get the rights, rather than it being a creator’s decision.

  • FinallyGAF

    June 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Great Mike, I was just about to type that comment about the Star Trek reboot, but you said it. BTW I also like the new Star Trek theme.

  • June 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I’ll give it a try one day, but I’m not holding breath over a Michael Bay movie.
    (Oh, this time he’s just producing. FINGERS CROSSED)

    • Xen11

      June 10, 2016 at 7:57 am

      He just produced the one before this one as well. This time though, it feels more like a Michael Bay film.

  • frostare

    June 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve been thinking this for awhile, is Kraang your favorite villain? Like no need to be made the best villain ever or have the best backstory ever, but like a guilty pleasure. Is that it?

  • June 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Just imagine an X-Men movie with the actual there from the 90’s cartoon? I get chills only thinking about it.

  • Frantic Canadian

    June 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    How can you review this and not even mention Casey Jones or Baxter Stockman?

  • Gorgar

    June 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Bebop and Rocksteady not appearing in the Secret of the Ooze had nothing to do with licensing their rights. Apparently, the original script had them instead of Tokka and Rahzar. However, creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (who at the time still owned the TMNT franchise) used whatever sway they had to prevent them from being used.

    I don’t think Kevin Eastman cares anymore, but Peter Laird has often said that he really didn’t like the direction that Fred Wolf went with the original cartoon and just didn’t like the whole mutant of the week formula (which takes away from the uniqueness of the Turtles, making them seem less like outcasts). Peter Laird sold the rights to the Turtles to Viacom/Nickelodeon in 2009. That is why many of the original cartoon characters appear in the IDE comics, Nick cartoon, and now the full length movies.

  • Satnav

    June 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I’m one of those who’s honestly not that hot on either the 1990 film costumes or the CGI mocap turtles–the former look inexpressive and like theme park mascots, and the latter are, well, a bunch of Shreks. Maybe if either looked more like actual turtles they’d both look a little less creepy, but eh.

    The 1990 film I feel is just alright, it did what it set out to do but a lot of it just dark–not tonally, but as in a lot of scenes were hard to make out for all the gloom. The final fight was also a complete anticlimax, at least the newer films were able to have Splinter actually fight. Still, at least none of them sink to the third film’s level…

  • LuRkeR1978

    June 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I’m so going to see this.

  • Tony Cheek

    June 9, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Sam Raimi’s Spider-man was another film that thankfully paid homage to the theme song. I was super happy to hear that. I’m glad to know the song is in this film. Haven’t seen it yet, but just like James, they have my attention given Bebop, Rockseady, and Krang. I’m just upset that instead of trying to make a good film that people will still be watching and talking about years from now, James is right in that they are just making films that make money. It makes it’s money and leaves. These films are more like hookers than movies. If they tried to make good, lasting films, they’d make BANK, and they don’t even realize it. Films like Mad Max: Fury Road, and I’d even include Deadpool in that, for sure.

  • June 10, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Most people forget that Quintin Tarantinos late editor Sally Menke did Turtles before she did Reservoir Dogs, then of course she was all his.

  • George Russell

    June 10, 2016 at 8:15 am

    You’ll review this garbage, arguably destroying things you love from your childhood, but not Ghostbusters? Even if Ghostbusters is terrible I’d still want to watch your review, because you’re entertaining and that’s why I donate, and watch.

    • Satnav

      June 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

      I guess because at least this has something James wanted since a kid, namely Bebop and Rocksteady and all that, whereas the new Ghostbusters has…nothing at all.

  • June 11, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Please put Frankenhooker on the next monster madness! Pretty sure you’ll love that one.

  • Treise

    June 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Wish one of the X-men movies played the original X-men toon theme song

  • Smeghead420

    June 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Really Mike…. someone who is SO damn crass with talk about shit, ass, shit, balls, shit, tits, shit, anus, shit (and did I mention shit?), would be so worked up over a fart joke that felt out of place?


    June 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Now my question is….When a 3rd one comes out with promises of more stuff from the cartoon…
    ..will James and Mike go see that one as well?

  • Noah Lawson

    July 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Why can’t James and Mike do a review on the TMNT show on Nickelodeon? Is it because it’s CGI and they don’t like that? They reviewed the 2007 movie which was CGI, so why can’t they review the show?

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