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[Movies] Notes on the Trailer For Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SPOILERS)
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.25.2014

- Paramount Pictures screened the new trailer and exclusive footage from Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at CinemaCon. Here is an account from the screening, courtesy of IGN
The Turtles trailer is a very brief teaser, but it definitely establishes the tone and look of this world. The focus is on April, a TV reporter in a city where crime runs rampant. We see a series of shots of SWAT/Spec Ops-type troops getting picked off, ninja-style, as they storm a building.

The voice-over of William Fichtner's villain plays over these images of the raid and various shots of April on the job. Fichtner speaks of people's need for heroes. We see images of canisters … ooze … all as Fichtner explains to April that he and her father are responsible for the creation of the heroes we start to get quick glimpses of: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

We see the Turtles in action, fighting guys in a subway as April captures the battle on her smartphone. We see the Turtles sliding down a snow-capped mountainside, with one of them crashing shell-first into a Hummer. We also see Fichtner's character standing before … a suit of the Shredder armor.

So it seems the Turtles of this movie will be the result of experiments involving Shredder and April O'Neil's father. The trailer ends with April coming face-to-face on a rooftop with the much taller than you'd think Turtles (they're well over six-foot and look a lot like this) as Michelangelo removes his mask to try and allay her fears. It doesn't work and she faints.

Overall, the tone was far straighter and more serious than expected. The Turtles make a few wisecracks but those quips are kind of lost amidst the action. The Turtles are definitely presented here as the extraordinary beings who enter into April's "real" world rather than the trailer following them with April popping up as a secondary human character. We'd expect the trailer to drop very soon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8.


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