A Special Trailer Tuesday: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Written by Logan J. Fowler & Michael Dworkis


Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: August 8, 2014

Stars: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Abby Elliott with Noel Fisher, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek as the Ninja Turtles

Director: Michael Bay

Plot: From their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan, four Ninjitsu-trained turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter, battle evil.

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: The Ninja Turtles are coming back to the big screen in a live action movie! Yes! Oh wait, it’s produced by Michael Bay? Oh crap. –Logan J. Fowler

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I need a drink. At least we know they did not change them into aliens. I hear Michael Bay and I worry. I hear Megan Fox as April O’Neil and I flip my table over. -Michael Dworkis

Rate the Trailer (1-5): One point five out of five. A lot of the creative choices behind this “reboot” are just lame. The turtles are genetically engineered now? Shredder is just William Fichtner? No mask? Where’s THE Shredder I knew from my childhood? Hell, even the current Nickelodeon cartoon? There is a plus side to this- Leo looks cool! That’s about it. –LJF

Rate the Trailer (1-5): One out of five. The only good thing about this trailer is Fichtner. We get a glimpse of the Shredder mask. Then we see these gigantic lumbering humanoid turtles who look like a cross between Shrek and Sloth from the Goonies. Looks like dark times for whatever city is being rampaged. Is it just me, or does Megan Fox have permanent “duckface” plastered on? Jokes fall flat, and the whole “batter up” line is a poor attempt at the 90’s humor from the cartoon. –MD

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided. I’m so torn here. On the one hand, TMNT is a brand that I know and love, and has continued to be part of my geek life longer than anything else. On the flip side, this trailer does NOTHING for me. Also, the CGI is kinda bad in some spots, and it’s okay in others. Personally, rather have Henson’s creature shop update these guys for a new generation. Practical effects on these guys, all the way. I guess I’m stuck in the past on that thought. And Megan Fox as April? REALLY? We couldn’t get a better actress? Overall, I feel like this is going to be transformers with Turtles in place of robots. I just don’t know about this. I’m nervous about it but there’s that underlying feeling that I should support these guys. Final conclusion: I need to see another trailer. Hopefully it can help adjust my mood. –LJF

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided. I do not want to go to the theater. I really do not. But, due to my love of train wrecks I may find myself bored on a day off and purchasing a single ticket with my cap pulled down over my face as I walk into the cheapest theater I can find. The cartoon on television is so awesome, how can they just pump out what looks like a giant green ooze-filled sludge fest? I would rather have seen Kevin Nash on-screen again than Megan Fox. –MD

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  1. SPOILER…based on the look of raphael and michaelangelo with their noses lol i believe that the turtles will be genetically engineered using human and turtle DNA (ala jurassic park) and not start out as turtles at all but as it says in the trailer be “created” from scratch.

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