There is a group of delinquent teenagers amongst New York City, keeping themselves hidden, living my kind of dream if I was addicted to smoking: skateboards, arcade machines, weapons, and all the friends you could ever want, male and female, without any parents knowing about it, except for a dark, evil worshiper. This movie opens with our favourite reporter, April o'Neil, giving the news of escalating crime. You can tell already that this movie is going down the right path, and anyone who doesn't know what the title of the movie is, you'll be surprised.
Transcending territory between kid's movie and teen's movie, this is a version of the first episode of the original TMNT TV show, meeting and saving April, this time Raphael (the red-masked one) the emphasis of the gang in this case. The turtles are also trying to learn the art of invisibility, of telepathy, of calmness. What teenager wants to learn that? The rat Splinter is a bit bland, but the creators put as much heart into a rat as they can, not really being a father, but an adoptive kung fu teacher. After the turtles accidentally reveal they live to the Foot Clan, Splinter gets kidnapped and starved by the clan, a conflict between Leonardo (the blue leader, who always kind of annoyed me) and Raphael occurs, Raph's impatience of saving and Leo's patience causing it, leaving Donatello to be smart and Michelangelo for us to love.
The action scenes in this movie are what you can imagine in a spoof of a Spider-Man film, still being very serious and violent, but at the same time, a bit of humour and cheesy but giggly carelessness. The character I care most about is Danny, the son of April's news boss, who is more or less the bug in how Splinter got captured, and we feel his guilt and conflict with his father. He is part of the Foot Clan, but is not intimidating or violent but just a daily truant who actually talks to his rat prisoner and not sure about whether he should return to his dad after he ran away. There are several scenes that are darker than the cartoon and may scare children, but all and all, this is a great family film.