Can We Talk About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer?

Well, we’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and… I’m willing to say that it’s not the TMNT that I grew up with. For all the talk about how it looks gritty like the 80s comics, all I see is another generic Michael Bay blockbuster movie. Buildings falling, explosions, excessive use of CGI, a lead actress there for her looks rather than acting. Those are all Bay trademarks and Bay movies tend to make a lot of money but also tend to be critical duds.

I’ve never really been a fan of the live action TMNT movies. They struck me as a mix of stoner movies and 90s teenage clichés. This, so far, looks to be less stoner and more generic blockbuster action. Maybe that’ll make it more tolerable. At least the turtles are mutants rather than aliens. Also, where are Splinter, Shredder and Krang?

So am I the only one that watches this trailer and goes “uh oh?”


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on March 31, 2014, in TV/Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Totally agree with you. Hopefully it will turn out all right but right now it looks like another swing & a miss for the TMNT franchise.


  2. I just watched the trailer and got the same impression as you. When it first started, I flashed back to Bad Boys and Transformers. The trailer didn’t have a TMNT feel to it, until towards the end where they show two of them hurtling down a snowy hill.
    From the trailer, I was able to figure out a few things that actually give away the story. I think they were trying to create a spoiler free trailer and failed. I may wait for Netflix for this movie. The trailer didn’t make me want to see the movie–it made me want to watch the cartoons to get the real feel of TMNT.


  3. Can we let J.J. Abrams have a crack? The man made “Star Trek” cool again for crying out loud!


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